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Not Ben Shelton or Frances Tiafoe but This Young American Is the Next Best ATP Star According to Serena Williams’ Ex-coach

Published 11/19/2023, 7:10 AM EST

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The 23-year-old American tennis player, Sebastian Korda currently ranks 24 in ATP singles rankings. He is 5th highest ranked among the Americans. Yet the childhood coach of Serena Williams picked his name as the ‘Most Talented’ American men’s tennis star. How was Korda’s season this year?

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After featuring in the Adelaide International earlier this year, Sebastian Korda has failed to find consistency on the bigger stage. He has struggled with a wrist injury throughout the season. Korda had revealed earlier how he had struggled to even hold a racket during the Australian Open QFs this year. Despite all these struggles, he has enormous potential to uproot the woes of American tennis fans. Let’s see what Rick Macci has to say about this talented youngster.

The childhood coach of the American tennis icon, Serena Williams is quite optimistic with Sebastian Korda


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Rick Macci had earlier highlighted the ‘complete’ game of Sebastian Korda. He even went on to add that Korda has a similarity with the 20-time Grand Slam winner, Roger Federer. The American tennis coach believes his forehand is quite similar to that of the Swiss Maestro. There are quite a few promising talents going around the men’s circuit in American tennis. But who can ultimately break the 20-year-old curse? Rick Macci has his say on this, let’s see.

He’s (Ben Shelton) a good athlete. He’s adventurous. So I love his game. Permanent picture top 10. Okay, but if you’re asking me, who I think is the best of all the Americans, I feel it’s Sebastian Korda. We said this before. I think he has the most upside, you know, Fritz‘s good, Tiafoe is good, Opelka is going to come back. Tommy Paul’s good. All these guys. If something breaks their way, can grab a slam or two, no question. You know, like a Courier like a Chang like a Roddick, because there’s a vacuum. But I think Korda you know, is the one, in my opinion, who is the most talented,” said Rick Macci.


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Rick Macci has played a pivotal role in helping Serena Williams during the early stages of her career. She then went on to become one of the Greatest Of All Time in women’s tennis. But after her retirement in 2022, the question of the hour is who will carry forward the ‘Stars and Stripes’?


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Can Sebastian Korda become the biggest pick of Macci after Serena Williams?

It has been 20 years since an American male tennis player won a Grand Slam. Andy Roddick did it at the US Open in 2003, who’ll be next? Well, we will have to wait at least till the commencement of the next season to get the answer. But American men’s tennis has been on the rise recently with the rise of some promising talents. They have been doing well at Masters 1000 events but now the fans demand to look beyond that.

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Sebastian Korda won the Australian Open juniors title in 2018. It was just 20 years after his father, Petr Korda won the title at Melbourne Park. Australian Open is scheduled to take place next year from January 14, can Korda create a history this time?


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Sayantan Roy


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Tennis has been my passion since my childhood. My sheer love and enthusiasm for the racket sport has been a major influence in me wanting to build a career in sports journalism. Additionally, being a die-hard Real Madrid fan makes me more connected to my tennis idol-Rafael Nadal, who himself is a huge Los Blancos fan and a contender to become its next President.
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