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Carlos Alcaraz Can Find Solace Despite ATP Finals Defeat as Former Serena Williams’ Coach Shares Message – ‘When You Lose Today..’

Published 11/14/2023, 9:13 AM EST

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In the wide world of tennis, the bonds between a player and coach have always been a point of attraction. Besides that, sometimes, unexpected relations between experienced tennis figures and emerging players captivate the headlines. Young Spanish tennis star Carlos Alcaraz found a reliable supporter in Serena Williams‘ ex-coach Rick Macci as he legend analyzed the young talent. Macci, being a renowned figure in the sport, has consistently shown great confidence in Alcaraz’s journey to the position that he stands in today.

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Recently, Alcaraz faced a disappointing defeat against Alexander Zverev in the opening match of the Nitto ATP Finals. However, as this major setback seemed to hit the young talent, Macci laid down a perfect example of his versatility as he presented words that acted as a beam of motivation for the young player.

Legendary coach Rick Macci presents words of motivation for Carlos Alcaraz


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In an intense setup at the ATP Finals in Turin, young tennis sensation Carlos Alcaraz stood face-to-face against Alexander Zverev. The Wimbledon champion put up a dominant effort to make the match last for three long sets. Despite getting the first set in his name with a tiebreaker, Alcaraz couldn’t maintain his lead against Zverev as he rallied back, ultimately securing the victory with a 6-3, 6-4 scoreline.

While the defeat seemed to cast a disappointing effect on the young Spaniard, renowned coach Rick Macci stepped in with words of motivation. Macci, helping the 20-year-old to understand the transient nature of competition, said, “Always remember when you lose Today it does not mean your opponent is Better. It means your opponent is Better Today.”


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According to Macci, the recent defeat, instead of being taken as a setback, should be seen in a positive perspective of the sport. As the highly experienced coach took to social media to express his mighty motivation, this wasn’t the first time he backed the young tennis star.

Rick Macci on Alcaraz’s hidden potential


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In a recent interview approximately two months ago, renowned coach Rick Macci shared his insightful views on the rising tennis star, Carlos Alcaraz. The American coach displayed great levels of confidence in the young player’s abilities as he mentioned, “I think he can win any tournament that he plays.” However, the legendary coach also acknowledged the inevitable nature of losses, as he showed consideration of the unpredictable nature of men’s tennis, where anything can happen in case of tie-breaker situations.


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The 68-year-old, accepting that while no player is unbeatable today, backed Alcaraz because he stands out as a dominant force in the sport. “He’s the leader in the clubhouse,” Macci declared, predicting a remarkable future for the Spanish sensation. As Alcaraz continues his journey with Macci backing him on the journey, tennis enthusiasts eagerly await to see if the young talent can live up to the coach’s words of prophecy.

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Written by:

Akshay Kapoor


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Akshay Kapoor is a tennis writer at Essentially Sports. With a commendable experience of around 2 years in sports journalism under his belt, Akshay joined ES with the intention of taking the next step in honing his skills. Born into a family that practically breathes tennis, Akshay spent his early days huddled together with his loved ones, watching the electrifying rallies of the legendary Rafael Nadal.
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Mitali Dey