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Recent Tennis Success Stirs Up Exciting Carlos Alcaraz Prophecy for American Star Sebastian Korda as Former Serena Williams’ Coach Delivers Strong Verdict

Published 10/17/2023, 3:58 PM EDT

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Who’s catching the insightful eye of Serena Williams‘ childhood coach, Rick Macci, nowadays? In a world where tennis prodigies come and go, Sebastian Korda, an American dynamo, seems to be making a resonant mark. Macci, known for identifying fresh talent, has pinned high expectations on Korda, drawing similarities with Spanish phenomenon Carlos Alcaraz. Join us as we explore Macci’s visions for this young talent. Will Korda be the next giant in tennis?

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Serena Williams’ childhood tennis coach Rick Macci, who has always had an eye for identifying talent, has recognized and backed young players who have achieved notable success in professional tennis. Macci recently noticed Sebastian Korda as a rising star.

“I saw this young man play a few years ago and saw a lot of potential,” Macci observed. His prediction for Korda isn’t just based on one observation; Macci breaks down the strengths and abilities that make Korda prominent. Macci said positively, “Let me go down just a medley of all the boxes he checks. I can see multiple Grand Slam titles in the future for this young man.” 


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Macci trusts that Korda’s extensive tennis heritage is an important aspect of his potential. Korda’s parents are both renowned professional players who have achieved impressive milestones in the sport, including a Grand Slam trophy for his father. “Korda is the real deal. First off, the genetic base both his parents played,” Macci observed. He noted Korda’s perfect timing on the court and said, “He probably has the best timing to take it off the bounce on the rise, giving them a surprise that’ll tear out your eyes.” 

Macci compared Korda to the Spanish phenomenon Carlos Alcaraz. When comparing the growing stars he said, “Kind of like Alcaraz, in a lot of ways, I think both these guys are going to be one and two in the world, and I believe they’ll be competing for many Grand Slam titles.”

Macci holds Sebastian Korda in high regard and anticipates that he will receive more attention in the near future due to his recent performance, urging the tennis community to remain watchful. But what made the Hall of Famer coach to lavish praise on the American star?

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Sebastian Korda made the semifinals at a Masters tournament for the first time by beating Ben Shelton at the Shanghai Masters. Korda also reached the semifinals at the Zhuhai Open and the Astana Open on the tour’s Asia swing. The finest performance of Korda came when he beat Daniil Medvedev twice. One recently at the Shanghai Masters, and the second earlier this year at the Australian Open. Korda has multiple 30+ wins seasons so far and sits at world No.24 this year.


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While Macci described him as one of the top young players, Korda said, “Yeah, I mean, they obviously have better results than me. I don’t think I’m under the radar of any sort. You know, just have some excellent results here and there and hopefully be in the talks with them. But, yeah, they’re incredible players and hopefully, we’ll be playing against each other for many, many years.”

In the world of tennis, the growth curve of Sebastian Korda is apparent, garnering commendations from experts like Macci and going toe-to-toe with top performers like Medvedev. With a legacy carved in tennis and performance to back his rise, Korda is surely one to watch. As Macci’s comparison of Korda with Alcaraz suggests, the tennis horizon might witness a dynamic duel. Can Korda continue his dominance and fulfill these high expectations? 


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Written by:

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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Tony Thomas