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‘Baked in Extra Crispy From Birth’ – Venus and Serena Williams’ Former Coach Details How ‘King’ Richard Instilled ‘Scary Rage’ in His Two Daughters

Published 07/17/2022, 7:10 AM EDT

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Ever since turning pros, Venus Williams and Serena Williams have made sure to crush their opponents on the court. Looking at the stats, one can assess that the sisters have dominated over almost all their opponents. Even in their 40s, the two seem to not stop the domination.

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While the entire tennis world remains impressed by the records of the two, not many know the reason behind it. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case with their childhood coach, Rick Macci. Recently, the star coach opened up about how their father instilled the rage to win in his two daughters.


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The reason behind the winning rage of Venus and Serena Williams

Tennis fans who follow Venus and Serena Williams are aware of their initial days. Born in Compton, it was their father, Richard Williams, who placed tennis racquets in their hands at a very young age. To help her husband, it was Richard’s wife, Oracene Price, who also learned tennis by herself.

Going ahead in time, the couple stood together to make sure that their daughters became two of the greatest tennis players in the history of the sport. After years of training, the two approached star coach Rick Macci for further training. Working with Macci, the sisters made their professional debuts on the tour.


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Working closely with Venus and Serena, Macci had undoubtedly become a member of the Williams family. The result? He was well versed with the ins and outs of the family. Macci recently took to his Twitter handle, where he spoke about the winning rage of Venus and Serena Williams. Dissecting further, he credited Richard Williams and Oracene Price.

“What I saw with Serena Williams and Venus Williams at age 9 and 10 was a rage inside a little kids body that was scarey. The burning desire to get to the ball was personal. Baked in extra crispy from birth. GAME SET MATCH RICHARD AND ORECENE WILLIAMS,” he wrote.


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The current relationship of Macci with the Williams family

Macci trained the Williams sisters during their childhood days. Today, with bags full of grand slams, Masters titles and Olympic gold medals, the sisters aren’t working with Rick. However, the bond between Macci and the Williams family remains intact. Rick Macci was last spotted with the Williams family at the screening of King Richard.


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On the professional front, Macci continues to be the director of the Rick Macci Academy and Tennis Center. On the other hand, the sisters look to hunt for success on the court. The two last played at the 2022 Wimbledon Championships. While Serena played the singles draw, Venus teamed-up with Jamie Murray in mixed doubles.

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Written by:

Ahmar Wasif


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Ahmar Wasif is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is a national level tennis player and has a number of titles to his name. His experience on the court allows him to incorporate a deeper understanding in his coverage of the sport.
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Tony Thomas