ON SOME LEVEL, most professional athletes have Mom to thank for their success. But in few sports is the contribution as direct as it is in tennis, where several matriarchs have coached their offspring to glory. In honor of Mother's Day, here are the most impressive combinations.
ORACENE PRICE • VENUS AND SERENA WILLIAMS
Oracene learned to play tennis as an adult to help teach daughters Venus and Serena the technical aspects of the game.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS • No. 1 rankings for each, 118 WTA singles titles (Serena 69, Venus 49), 28 Grand Slam singles titles (Serena 21, Venus 7), 8 Olympic gold medals
GLORIA CONNORS • JIMMY CONNORS
Gloria coached her youngest son for much of his 21-year career.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS • No. 1 ranking for 160 consecutive weeks, 109 singles titles, 8 Grand Slam singles crowns.
MELANIE MOLITOR • MARTINA HINGIS
Melanie coached Martina, who's named after Czech hero Martina Navratilova, from age two on.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS • Martina became the youngest world No. 1 in tennis history (16 years, 6 months), 5 Grand Slam singles titles, 9 major doubles titles.
JUDY MURRAY • ANDY AND JAMIE
Judy worked with her sons until each was in his early teens.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS • A No. 2 ranking (Andy currently in singles) and a No. 1 (Jamie in doubles), 2 Grand Slam singles titles (Andy), 2 Grand Slam doubles crowns (Jamie), 1 Olympic gold medal (Andy).
RAUZA ISLANOVA • MARAT SAFIN, DINARA SAFINA
Rauza's early instruction laid the foundation for her son and daughter.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS • No. 1 rankings for each (first brother-sister combo), 2 Grand Slam singles titles (Marat).
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