American Tennis Coach Disregards Emma Raducanu Comparsions with Venus and Serena Williams

Published 09/20/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES – SEPTEMBER 12: US OPEN 1999, DOPPEL FRAUEN FINALE, New York/USA; SIEGERIN Venus WILLIAMS und Serena WILLIAMS/USA (Photo by Mark Sandten/Bongarts/Getty Images)


Nicholas Bollettieri, an American tennis coach, has worked with some skilled players including Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, and Monica Seles. The pioneer who once coached the Williams’ sisters believes it was mental stability which maintained their dominance.

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Serena Williams and Venus Williams are two of the greatest tennis players of all time, and it’s no coincidence. Both have extraordinary abilities and have worked extremely hard from a young age to achieve such superiority, but there’s more to the story. It’s hard to envisage any siblings surpassing the Williams sisters.

Nicholas Bollettieri comment on Williams sisters

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Serena Williams of The United States is congratulated by her sister and opponant Venus Williams of The United States following their ladies singles third round match on Day Five of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The former American coach has worked with several fine tennis players. He even had the opportunity to work with the Williams sisters. When asked by the Daily Mail for his thoughts on Emma Raducanu’s long-term chances, he stated it takes a lot more than skill to succeed. Bollettieri marked his words, citing Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, and Venus Williams as examples.

Nicholas Bollettieri commented on Williams sisters by saying, “They had physical abilities beyond compare, but it was focus, not letting outside distractions overtake you.” The determination and mental strength kept them in dominance for so many years.

“Maria Sharapova, who arrived at my academy in Florida aged 8, was distinct from very young,” Bollettieri said. Since the age of 11 and 12, Sharapova was very ambitious and sidetracked all the distractions.

Serena Williams and Venus Williams’ supremacy

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WTA Players, Williams Sisters

For the last 20 years, the Williams sisters have utterly dominated women’s tennis. Together they have triumphed and won 30 grand slam singles titles. Serena Williams has won 23 of them while Venus Williams has contributed 7 titles to their tally. Both the Americans have also conquered the world number one rankings in their tennis careers.

Talking about their doubles titles, the pair have 14 doubles grand slam titles under their belt. In tennis history, the Williams sisters’ legacy will always be remembered.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a tennis author at Essentially Sports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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