Richard Williams Files for Divorce

Richard Williams, left, father of U.S. tennis players Serena and Venus Williams, and an unidentified woman watch a second round match between Spain's Virginia Ruano Pascual and Serena Williams at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Thursday May 28, 2009. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Richard Williams, tennis champs Serena and Venus Williams’ 75-year-old father, has filed for divorce from his much younger wife in West Palm Beach, Florida.

In his petition, the tennis coach often credited for training his daughters in their younger years and laying the foundations that eventually made them into tennis superstars, believes his 38-year-old wife of seven years, Lakeisha Williams, is an alcoholic. He also claims she is stealing his social security checks and transferred ownership of their cars and a house to herself by forging his signature.

Williams, who married Lakeisha in 2010, also claims she moved out last year and left their now 5-year-old son, Dylan, in his exclusive care. Lakeisha is barely older than his two two daughters – Serena is 35 and Venus will turn 37 on Saturday. Richard Williams also alleges she left him for ‘a new person’ who has ‘serious criminal, felony charges pending who could impose a danger to the minor child,’ the document reads. When reached on her cellphone, Lakeisha said she couldn’t talk and hung up.

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