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Despite Carlos Alcaraz’s Concerning “Speed Bumps”, Serena Williams’ Childhood Coach Delivers Resounding “Leader” Verdict for the Spaniard

Published 11/21/2023, 7:26 AM EST

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The world of tennis attracts glory with achievements and disappointment with setbacks. Rising tennis star Carlos Alcaraz started off the season well with great runs in major tournaments, ending up with either significant positions or victories. His Wimbledon victory was one of the greatest as he beat the icon Novak Djokovic. The Spaniard even became the men’s No.1 player temporarily, before losing the spot to Djoker. However, as things drifted down to the year-end rankings, the young star had to face some hurdles, including the recent one in Turin.

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As Carlos Alcaraz faced a defeat against Novak Djokovic at the ATP semi-finals, the outcome led to a disappointment that the world could easily sense. Along with the fans, Serena Williams‘ childhood coach Rick Macci, who has depicted frequent involvement in the regular activities of Alcaraz, recently came forward with words of motivation to ignite the young Spaniard’s confidence again.

Legendary coach Rick Macci motivates Carlos Alcaraz after his recent setback


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Carlos Alcaraz, the young Spanish tennis icon, kept his name up in the highlights because of his dominant form throughout the year. He played 12 tournaments in the year, qualifying for the semis in at least 10 of them. Thus, cementing his place as one of the best tennis stars of the modern day. While he attracted the attention of famous tennis figures, an expert’s eye happened to analyze the unseen talent in the young Spaniard. Rick Macci, the legendary coach, has stayed behind Alcaraz for a while now. Recently, the legend’s words of motivation for Alcaraz surprised the fans.

In the middle of the recent “speed bumps,” Williams’ childhood coach, Rick Macci, remained a regular support. On understanding the recent setback’s impact on the young talent, he came forward to state, “I know he’s had, you know, a few speed bumps lately, but he’s a kid. He’s 20 years old. You know, he’s not going anywhere. I think he’s going to get such a bucket of grand slams. It’s unreal. I feel in my opinion, he’s by far the leader in the clubhouse. I don’t think anybody is there.” While Alcaraz stands in a situation of facing disappointment over his recent defeat, the words from Macci are targeted to uplift him to look forward for the upcoming season.


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However, it wasn’t just Serena Williams’ ex-coach who recognized the potential in young Alcaraz. His coach, along with revealing the reason behind his defeat, also presented words that sent vibes of stability and confidence to the young star.

Coach Juan Carlos Ferrero justifies the semi-final defeat


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As a result of Carlos Alcaraz’s recent defeat against Novak Djokovic, his coach Juan Carlos Ferrero came forward to unveil the hurdles faced by the 20-year-old. Keeping in view both technical and mental aspects, Alcaraz’s coach marked a need for improvement on the specific surface. Along with that, he also highlighted the mental strength required to face fierce opponents like Djokovic.

Giving a glimpse of the details that matter in a match of tennis, Alcaraz’s coach mentioned, “You have to work everything, but you have to get used to the fact that if you play at such a high level, every week you have the requirement to win, to play against the best and that requirement, sometimes, takes you to the limit of mental fatigue, which is what has happened at the end of the season.” This detailed insight provided an understanding of the intensity of such high-level matches against tennis legends like Djokovic, along with mentioning a need to add more layers of preparation.


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Written by:

Akshay Kapoor


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Born into a family that practically breathes tennis, I spent my early childhood days huddled together with my loved ones, watching the electrifying rallies of the legendary Rafael Nadal. Such a unique experience forged a lifelong love for the sport in me. Before joining EssentiallySports, I honed my skills while working for a regional website, covering a variety of sports.
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Debmallya Chakraborty