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‘You Cannot Buy Grand Slams’- After Naomi Osaka’s Stern Message to Haters, 68-Year-Old Tennis Veteran Details Her ‘God Given Ability’ to Get Back to Winning Ways

Published 05/16/2023, 12:42 PM EDT

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Naomi Osaka, the Japanese tennis sensation is known for her powerful strokes and mental resilience. After facing criticism and concerns about her career, Osaka tweeted a stern message to her detractors. Her tweet prompted a response from a 68-year-old American tennis veteran, Rick Macci. He emphasized the significance of Osaka’s inherent abilities and highlighted her potential to reclaim her position at the top of the tennis world.

Macci emphasizes the importance of recognizing one’s inherent abilities and the impact of mental strength in tennis. The tennis community continues to reflect on Osaka’s tweet and the importance of mental health. Additionally, Macci’s insights offer valuable perspectives on what it takes to succeed in the world of tennis.

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Naomi Osaka shared that her accomplishments should not be undermined, particularly when there are male athletes with children who are less accomplished. This bold statement from the young athlete sparked a response from a 68-year-old tennis veteran, Rick Macci.

As an experienced observer of the sport, Macci highlighted Osaka’s “god-given ability” and expressed confidence in her ability to regain her winning form. Osaka continues to make waves on the professional circuit and off-court. Her remarkable abilities and athletic prowess inspire both aspiring athletes and seasoned tennis enthusiasts alike.


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A few days ago, Osaka found herself at the center of controversy. She faced an outpouring of criticism after announcing her decision to take a break from tennis due to her pregnancy. While her fans and well-wishers congratulated her on this new chapter of her life, Osaka also became the target of hate and negativity from certain quarters.

Osaka tweeted and addressed her trolls, ” Btw to the people that are suddenly concerned about my career- There are plenty of male athletes with kids that are significantly less accomplished, you might wanna worry about them instead.


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Osaka also explained, “Thanks for the concern, might wanna redirect it to someone that needs it though 😬.” 

The renowned tennis coach with a keen eye for talent stepped forward to express his support for Gauff. He tweeted, ” @naomiosaka has the god-given ability to become the best in the world again. You cannot buy Grand Slams over the Internet.”

He also explained, ” She knows the big stage and owned it. She has the weapons to deliver the goods. Pressure can become her best friend again. Never count out a champion.”

As Gauff embarks on the unique journey of balancing motherhood and professional tennis, the support of Macci serves as a powerful motivation for her and others who may face similar challenges.


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Macci tweeted her support for Osaka amid her pregnancy break

Osaka’s tweet garnered widespread support from her followers and fans, including prominent figures within the tennis community. Among them was Rick Macci, a highly regarded tennis coach, who shared his perspective on the future of Osaka’s career. According to Macci, he firmly believes that Osaka will make a remarkable comeback.

He thinks that she can regain her position in the top ten rankings next year. He emphasized that Osaka’s exceptional talent, showcased through her powerful groundstrokes and explosive serve, remains intact and will be instrumental in her success.


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Macci also acknowledged that fitness and overall confidence may take time to fully develop. He highlighted Osaka’s impressive track record of winning four Grand Slam titles, which demonstrates her ability to excel in high-pressure situations. Given Macci’s extensive experience in coaching numerous champions, his words carry weight and could serve as a powerful response to Osaka’s doubters.



Dr Aditya Raveendran Menon

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Aditya Menon is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports, covering several high-profile tournaments and events. With a passion for writing that matches his love for the sport, he has a special interest in covering the activities of tennis legends like Serena Williams and the ‘Big Three’ of men’s tennis. Aditya’s interest in tennis started at a young age when his father introduced him to the sport.

Edited By: Sreeda U M