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Serena Williams ‘ Unique ‘Teenage GOAT’ Ability Unveiled as Childhood Coach Revisits a Stirring Tale from 1994

Published 09/28/2023, 7:11 AM EDT

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On the American tennis courts, only a few names deserve as much admiration and awe as the tennis GOAT, Serena Williams. Her list of honors and unmatched accomplishments on the court have solidified her legacy as one of the greatest athletes in the history of sports. Yet, every tennis superstar has a beginning. For Williams, it was a tale that began long before her ascent to global fame. Recently Rick Macci, took to X to share a stirring story from 1994. The childhood coach revealed insight into Williams’ unprecedented capacities even as a teenager.

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Macci’s tweet wasn’t a simple story; it shone a spotlight on Williams’ astounding and unique athleticism. He shared that even as a young player, she had the characteristics that make a player one of the greatest of all time, a “GOAT.” It indicated the latent excellence that was ready to be unleashed on the tennis world.

Macci revealed Serena Williams’ exceptional athletic prowess in a remarkable childhood tale


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Rick Macci’s tweet, posted with the handle “@serenawilliams” tagged, was quick to catch the attention of tennis fans and analysts around the world. In it, the coach illustrated a 13-year-old Serena Williams showing a shocking expertise that rose above the tennis court. As per Macci, the young American ace could effortlessly launch a tight spiral with a mini football from the baseline. He shared that she had sent it soaring over the back fence on the other side.

What Macci’s tweet disclosed was Williams’ remarkable “teenage GOAT” abilities. While the term ‘GOAT’ is frequently reserved for legends, obviously her unique gifts were clear from a surprisingly young age. Macci tweeted,” @serenawilliams at age 13 could throw launch a tight spiral with a mini football from the baseline over the back fence on the other side.


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The coach also added, “Possible teenage Goat serving qualities on the horizon. BANG!” The characteristics that made her a ‘teenaged GOAT’ continued to define her as the American climbed to the summit of women’s tennis. The iconic Superstar has dominated the sport for an extended period, leaving an indelible mark on the tennis courts.


The 23-time Grand Slam title winner’s ascent on tennis courts was not without its challenges and impediments. Yet her ability to confront adversity head-on and emerge stronger on the other side is a demonstration of her personality. And behind her incredible triumphs stands a mentor who played a pivotal role in shaping her young career. In fact, Macci recently got nostalgic about the ‘skip and smile‘ days too on X.


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The childhood coach recently tweeted about Williams’ ‘skip and smile’ journey to greatness

In a recent tweet on his coaching journey, the 68-year-old revealed his feelings about his favorite students Venus and Serena Williams. He affectionately regards them as his daughters, a sentiment reciprocated by the sisters themselves. It’s been nearly thirty years since Macci took the American stars under his wing when they were young players with dreams of conquering the sport’s grandest stages.


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Macci understood that to nurture champions, he needed to cultivate not only their skills but also their excitement and character. This holistic approach allowed the coach to connect with the legendary Williams sisters on a level that transcended the tennis court. The picture of two young American sisters holding hands, skipping on the tennis court, and sharing smiles dazzled fans. It epitomizes unwavering support and camaraderie on their path to remarkable success.

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Written by:

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.
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Mitali Dey