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Darwin Blanch: How Did Serena Williams’ Childhood Coach Rick Macci Aid This Talented Kid To Scale New Heights in Tennis?

Published 04/25/2024, 3:04 AM EDT

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American tennis prodigy Darwin Blanch has already made a strong place in the headlines. This ATP star has fuelled the fraternity’s excitement since his match against Rafael Nadal was declared at the Madrid Open this year. More than that, the fraternity seemed curious hearing about his training under Serena Williams’s former childhood coach Rick Macci.

The younger brother of Ulises Blanch, this sixteen-year-old tennis prodigy is the second youngest ATP star to bag an ATP ranking point. Now, Rafael Nadal’s return to the professional court marks a special as he is gearing up to compete against this prodigy who is twenty-one years younger than him. However, before he embarks to compete against the famous king of the clay court, people seem hopeful about his on-court abilities.

Serena and Venus Williams’s coach Rick Macci is Darwin Blanch’s source of advice

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The Florida native prodigy Darwin Blanch received his training from the famous coach Rick Macci. Macci is also known to coach famous ATP and WTA stars like the famous Williams sisters, Maria Sharapova, Sofia Kenin, and Andy Roddick. Guided by his father Ernesto Blanch, Darwin Blanch flew down to Rick Macci’s house to seek exclusive advice from him. Darwin Blanch’s father revealed– “Rick put the technique, the biomechanics, which are really important to build before the age of 12. So, first the biomechanics, and then they learn how to actually play the game.” 

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Darwin Blanch’s father helped fans understand famous coach Rick Macci’s contribution to this American tennis prodigy’s life. Bogusz Topolnicki wrote in Courts Magazine- “With professional help at home, the starlets would also regularly fly out to Florida, the home of legendary coach Rick Macci.” The reporter emphasized that Darwin Blanch’s siblings, Ulises, Dali, and Krystal attended Macci’s Academy in Boca Raton and that tennis runs in the Blanch family’s blood.

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Veteran coach Macci also confirmed helping out Darwin Blanch and his relationship with the Blanch family. He said- “When they’re in Florida, they come by and I take the temperature and check them out,” Rick Macci’s guidance might prove really fruitful for this American tennis prodigy as he proceeds to compete against a legend like Rafael Nadal. Before that, veteran ATP pro Andy Roddick also shared his expert opinion with the newcomer.

Andy Roddick drops advice for Darwin Blanch’s “feet”

Not just Rick Macci but one of the finest pupils Andy Roddick also came forward to help Darwin Balnch on his debut fight against Nadal. Roddick said– “Your feet have to move. Your feet are the first thing to go when you’re nervous, when something’s wrong. Darwin Blanch. Move your feet, It is a little bit different and there is cause for optimism if you’re Blanch and I’m his coach, in the situation where, by the way, I want to get to the fact that he’s our best prospect and he doesn’t live in America.” 

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Roddick further tries to enhance Blanch’s confidence as he says- “Rafa isn’t No 1 in the world. You’re still on clay, you’re still in Madrid, the ball jumps everywhere. If he gets a hot day, he is going to get a lesson in a ball jumping off of a court.”

Following Rick Macci’s exclusive guidance Darwin Blanch might pull off his epic victory at the Mutua Madrid Open this time. Nevertheless, his chance to compete against a legend like Rafael Nadal will be one of his career’s best moments.

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Upasana Banerjee is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports. Specializing in major trends within the tennis world, Upasana's keen eye captures newsworthy moments in the world of sports. Her adept information mining makes her a go-to source for insights into players' lives.
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