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‘Her Second Best Friend as a Kid Was..’ – Serena Williams’ Childhood Obsession Besides Sister Venus Williams Revealed by 68-Year-Old Mentor in an Endearing Message

Published 08/22/2023, 9:31 AM EDT

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Serena Williams‘ tennis career, and even a large chunk of her life, would be incomplete without her elder sister, Venus. Like salt and pepper, the famous sister duo is completely different, but at the same time, they constantly complement one another. They began their tennis careers together and even supported each other throughout their diverse life choices. Rick Macci, the tennis duo’s childhood coach who has known them both since they were young children, recently gave some insight into Serena’s early tennis career, specifically her two best friends.

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He revealed that they were best buddies throughout their incredible tennis careers. However, Serena had another best friend apart from her sister.

Rick Macci made a huge revelation regarding Serena Williams’ best friend


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The 68-year-old American tennis coach recently shared an insight about the youngest Williams sister’s early tennis life, revealing her best friend at the tennis academy. He took to his Twitter account to share how, other than the seven-time Grand Slam champion, the 41-year-old American tennis legend also had one best friend that brought happiness into her life.

He wrote, “@serenawilliams best friend as a kid was Venus. Always Happy Smiling trained like a Machine and was very Hungry. Her second best friend as a kid was the Snack Machine. She was Really Happy Smiling and had even more Hunger! SW ALWAYS ATTACKING ON AND OFF THE COURT.”


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Further, the 23-time Grand Slam champion, who now only eats gluten-free, once shared a great friendship with the snacks machine, just like any other normal kid. Whether it was with her sister or the snack machine, Macci highlighted how Serena was the happiest kid training to be the best on the tennis court.

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However, this is not the first time the 68-year-old tennis coach has revealed a little glimpse of Serena Williams’ off-court personality. Earlier this year, he revealed the prankster side of the 23-time Grand Slam champion’s prankster attitude.


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When Macci revealed Williams’ prankster side

A few months ago, the American tennis coach appeared on the Parenting Aces podcast, where he shared how the 23-time Grand Slam champion was a huge prankster. While he was talking about how every player carries a unique personality, he talked about Serena Williams’ mentality regarding how the legend carried a prankster personality.

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Apart from that, he also talked about how the eldest Williams was quite different from the younger one. Even though the sisters have totally different personalities, they were always there for each other like true best friends.

What are your thoughts on the 41-year-old American tennis legend’s childhood personality revealed by her ex-coach? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.



Pratishtha Prakash

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Pratishtha Prakash is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media and Journalism from MIT ADT University, Pune. Being a sports enthusiast, she has been following varied sports like tennis, cricket and Esports from her childhood.

Edited By: Tony Thomas