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‘Not Going to Hand It Over’ – Alarming Signs for the ATP Tour as Daunting Novak Djokovic Prophecy Unveiled by Legendary Coach in a Brutally Honest Admission

Published 10/26/2023, 8:26 AM EDT

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Legendary American coach Rick Macci shared insights that could send shockwaves through the tennis world. How might Novak Djokovic, the recent US Open victor, rewrite tennis history? Macci, with decades of tennis acumen, unveiled a bold prophecy about Djokovic’s path. But what sparked such a daring prediction about the Serbian superstar? Dive into the unraveling of Macci’s foresight on Djokovic’s potential legacy.

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Why does the world’s number one tennis player continue to push the limits? Renowned coach Rick Macci weighed in on Novak Djokovic’s insatiable hunger for competition and legacy. With younger players on the rise and less prominent opponents, Djokovic is setting himself up for unmatched dominance in tennis. So what makes the heart of the insurmountable champion, according to Serena Williams‘ former coach?

Macci visualizes an unstoppable future for Novak Djokovic


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Legendary American tennis coach Rick Macci is renowned for his sharp analysis and keen understanding of the sport. Recently, he sat down with Florida Tennis editor, Jim Martz, to offer insights on some of the game’s most prominent figures. The conversation steered towards the recent US Open champion, Novak Djokovic. Macci’s comments were filled with admiration and a prophecy that could be daunting for Djokovic’s rivals.

He said, “Early on when he first came on the Tour, I knew he was always going to be an amazing player, just because of his movement. I like his flexibility.” Macci reminisced about the Serbian star’s early days. However, it wasn’t just Djokovic’s initial prowess that caught Macci’s attention, but the champion’s evolution over the years. “But as time went on, I think this is a great lesson for anybody. He has made himself a champion. He became so mentally strong,” Macci stated, emphasizing Djokovic’s dedication and mental fortitude.


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Macci further elaborated on the trajectory of Djokovic’s illustrious career, saying, “You know, it’s not where you start, it’s where you finish. And if you look as time went on, he evolved as a competitor and as an athlete, changing his diet. He has made himself a champion.” Rick Macci didn’t hold back in his final thoughts on Djokovic’s legacy. “He’s probably going to go down as the greatest male tennis player to hold a racquet,” he prophesied. Macci then made a daring prediction about Djokovic’s future: “I see four, five, six more Slams in this guy. He’s not going to hand it over to the young guns. People know you’re going to have to beat him, he’s not going to beat himself.”

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Tennis coach Macci predicts that Djokovic’s future aligns with his focus on legacy and greatness, not strategy. His passion for competition and open field with less prominent opponents and a newer generation gaining experience could potentially dominate the sport.

Djokovic’s quest for legacy and unrivaled dominance


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Macci further said Djokovic’s focus is on his drive for legacy and greatness, not strategy. His motivation is not about technique but his hunger for competition. Despite not needing to play, he chooses to, indicating his deep passion. With less prominent opponents and a newer generation gaining experience, Djokovic has an open field and could potentially dominate the sport for quite longer.

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Djokovic recently participated in the US Open. He showcased his quintessential dominance, securing his 24th Grand Slam title. Aside from a challenge posed by Laslo Djere, the Serbian ace cruised through the competition. Besting Daniil Medvedev in the finals with scores of 6-3, 7-6(5), 6-3, he re-established himself as the world’s number one.


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Rick Macci’s insights spotlight Novak Djokovic’s unparalleled talent and a potentially continued future dominance in tennis. With an unwavering drive and a record number of Grand Slam titles, will Djokovic’s legacy become the benchmark for future tennis generations? Only time will tell.

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Akshata Aditya Rajmane


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Akshata Aditya Rajmane is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Right from her early childhood, Akshata has been a sports enthusiast, following a variety of sports, including badminton, tennis, and soccer. Although she is an ardent fan of the "Big Three", at ES, she is focused on covering the off-court activities of the biggest ATP and WTA stars.
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Mitali Dey