‘Power Trumps Everything’- Serena Williams’ Childhood Coach Unveils the Hidden Hole in Women’s Tennis While Floating Carlos Alcaraz’s Example

Published 11/19/2023, 7:48 AM EST

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When it comes to the upcoming stars in tennis, there is hardly anyone who would not add Carlos Alcaraz to that list. The 20-year-old Spanish star has made everyone fall in love with the game with his jaw-dropping drop shots and fantastically covering the whole court. Not only the fans but even the experts are now applauding his exceptional gameplay. With him coming into the scene, the future of the ATP looks secured. But, the same hasn’t been the case so far when it comes to women’s tennis.

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Reflecting on the same, the childhood coach of Serena Williams, Rick Macci reflects on some gaping holes that still persist in women’s tennis. Adding to this, he also talked about how Carlos Alcaraz’s gameplay is the one worth taking notes from.

Serena Williams’ childhood coach floats the example of Carlos Alcaraz while unveiling holes in women’s tennis

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Reflecting on Carlos Alcaraz’s impact on tennis, Serena Williams’ childhood coach dives into the evolving dynamics of the sport. He further emphasises the shifting perspectives regarding playing styles and strategies. He credited Alcaraz for not just revolutionizing the game with his varied skill set, including the effective use of drop shots.

However, Rick Macci points out a difference in the evolution of men’s versus women’s tennis. While Alcaraz’s versatile game is reshaping the men’s circuit, he believes that women’s tennis faces a different reality. He highlights that except for a few players like Ashleigh Barty, power remains the main factor in women’s tennis, often overshadowing the use of techniques and strategies.

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“Alcaraz has not only transcended the game of, you know, throwing in the drop shot, more well-rounded and stuff like that. He’s transcending how people teach the game, it’s okay to drop shot, where before, if you missed it, it’s like, what do you do? and so the game is changing. The women, it’s going to take a little longer, because let’s face it, power trumps everything. Go back in time,” said Macci in the interview.

“And look, other than maybe a Barty or a few people like that, if you have firepower, that trumps everything. Because it feeds into the mobility, or the movement, okay, of the players in women’s tennis. So I think that’s always going to be the calling card,” he further continued.

Thus, in the podcast, Rick Macci suggested that Carlos Alcaraz who has evolved throughout the year offers a lot more learning to women’s tennis than just power-hitting. Now, it will be crucial to see the evolution of women’s tennis after a major void that needs to be filled. However, talking about Macci, he made a bold claim about the future of the Spaniard in the upcoming season.

Rick Macci made a bold statement on Alcaraz

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In another interview earlier this year, Rick Macci talked about the future of the Spaniard while suggesting that his recent loss at the US Open final would ignite him to pull up his best game next year. Not only this, he went ahead to say that he expects Alcaraz to win 3 grand slams in the upcoming year.

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With a bold statement coming from Macci, it will now be interesting to see how far he makes it in his pursuit to win the grand slams next year. Currently holding the number 2 spot in the ATP rankings, he will not only be looking to grab future success but also look to overtake the reigning world number 1 Novak Djokovic and dethrone him from his spot.

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