Richard Williams, father to Serena and Venus Williams, watches the women's doubles championship at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York on Sept. 14, 2009. // Richard Williams, Serena Williams, Venus Williams (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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Richard Williams, father to Serena and Venus Williams, watches the women's doubles championship at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York on Sept. 14, 2009.

The father of Venus and Serena Williams is often praised for turning two girls raised on the tough streets of LA's Compton neighbourhood into championship calibre tennis players. But Richard Williams, who coached both daughters to superstardom, isn't the most stable dad around. Martina Navratilova accused him of trying to distract opposing players by holding signs over his head, and it was rumoured he decided which daughter would win if ever Venus and Serena matched up in a tournament. Williams is best known, however, for yelling "Straight Outta Compton" and jumping from the stands to perform a bizarre victory dance after Venus won at Wimbledon in 2000.

* Bing: What other famous people are from Compton?