36-YO Novak Djokovic’s Intense Training Clip Proves Serena Williams’ Coach Rick Macci’s Real Take On His Tenacity

Published 04/28/2024, 11:00 AM EDT

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Serena Williams‘ former coach Rick Macci is a big admirer of Novak Djokovic. But what makes him so special according to the renowned coach? Macci once said, “What I love most about the Serbian Sniper is he became the GOAT with Fed and Rafa with him in the same boat.” But to be among the best in the world requires a lot of hard work and sacrifices. The journey wasn’t easy for the young lad from Belgrade. But his sheer reliance and unwavering determination have put him where he is today.

Countless hours of practice sessions, gruesome training under the sun, putting restrictions on junk foods, and maintaining a strict diet have all played their role in becoming the 24-time Grand Slam champion. Even at the age of 36, Djokovic is still getting stronger day by day.


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Recently he was spotted with the Austrian coach and consultant Gebhard Gritsch doing his intense training sessions on the stairs of Belgrade. Rick Macci says, “When you Stop making excuses you Start training your mind like a champion.

Novak Djokovic is truly a champion on and off the court! Macci has time again proven why he believes Novak Djokovic is an example for the rest of the sporting world. A few days ago he put a tweet through his Twitter account tagging Djokovic. It stated, “When you love the competition and you are All about the competition and just the Enjoy the Battle mentally you become tough to Rattle.


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The Serbian tennis star hasn’t had a great start to his season in 2024. Is it a road towards the end of yet another illustrious career? Well, Rick Macci strongly denies it, suggesting that Djokovic has plenty more left in store despite all these setbacks. He strongly believes Novak Djokovic will make a comeback in 2024. But he believes what Novak Djokovic did in 2023 was truly exceptional. However, according to Rick Macci Djokovic hasn’t gotten enough credit for his efforts. Fans now wonder if a partnership between the two might be on the cards

“If he would have asked me, I definitely would have been involved” – Rick Macci on the possibility of teaming up with Novak Djokovic


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Rick Macci during a recent interview stated, “Well, first off, if he would have approached me, we would have had to have a long talk because I have to know exactly what he wanted from a coach. I don’t travel.” Macci is someone who strongly believes in building the box rather than just sitting in that box. He pointed out that Novak Djokovic wouldn’t love to make significant changes to his game at this stage of his career.

But he added, “If he would’ve asked me, I definitely would have been involved. But, I couldn’t travel. Maybe, I could’ve went to a Grand Slam. But at the end of the day, I run a business. I teach 50 hours a week to many people on the pro tour, kids, adults. And I just do what I do.” Can Novak Djokovic make a comeback this year and clinch his 25th Grand Slam at the Roland Garros? Share your thoughts in the comments!


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Sayantan Roy


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Sayantan Roy is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports, who crafts tennis tales that not only capture the game's essence but also reflect his creative genius. As a believer in unbiased journalism, Sayantan, a fan of both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, loves to fuse the world of such tennis rivals and present balanced copies as fan reaction pieces. Engaged in sports since college, he brings that passion to life.
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Arunima Bhanot