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Amid ‘King’ Richard’s Flailing Health, Serena Williams Childhood Coach Reveals Private Chat to Disclose Heartening Update About His Compton Friend

Published 10/18/2023, 10:51 AM EDT

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‘King’ Richard Williams, Serena Williams‘ father has been a crucial figure in her striking tennis career. However, ongoing physical ailments have created a shadow of vulnerability over the American tennis legend’s well-being. Amidst this, Rick Macci, Williams’ childhood coach, shared a heartening update about his flailing Compton friend. Rick Macci was quick to share the heartfelt news with his followers on Twitter.

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Recent reports have uncovered that Richard went through a medical procedure known as microvascular decompression (MVD). It can be effective for patients encountering abnormal pressure of a cranial nerve. Amid these physical challenges, Macci connected with Richard and shared a private chat that gave clarity about his condition.

Serena Williams’ childhood coach revealed an uplifting conversation with the legend, Richard


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Richard Williams is a critical figure throughout the record books of tennis, particularly about the Williams sisters’ ascent to fame. The coach had defied odds and cynics to raise two of the best tennis players ever. His commitment to his young daughters’ training and his solid vision for their prosperity have made a permanent imprint on the sport.

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Rick Macci, known for his commitments to the early improvement of both Venus and Serena Williams, recently had an open talk with ‘King‘ Richard. During their discussion, the elite trainer found Richard to be in good spirits. Macci also shared that ‘King‘ had maintained his trademark sense of humor and wit.


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Macci tweeted,” When I talked to Richard Williams yesterday he is 100% the Same HILARIOUS Guy with the epic one-liners.” The 68-year-old also added,” and said Hey Rick How are you feeling? I said Great! RW response. I told you if you come to Compton I would not let you get SHOT!”

Their exchange was loaded up with Richard’s unbelievable jokes, showing that his funny bone and novel character are flawless. Macci shared their inspiring discussion through a tweet, which gave consolation to concerned fans.


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Venus and Serena Williams keep on inspiring young athletes around the world, breaking boundaries and leaving a mark on the tennis court. Despite his medical ailments, the tennis world is profoundly thankful for Richard’s job in molding the careers of the two tennis legends.

Macci recently admired the American GOAT’s legendary hunger and innate competitive spirit

Former coaches of Serena Williams, particularly Rick Macci, continue to praise her strength and skill on the court. He consistently expresses his admiration for the 23-time Grand Slam champion on his social media channels. In a recent post, the American lauded her unwavering determination, referring to her competitive spirit during her childhood.


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In a recent post, Macci highlighted Serena’s unwavering hunger for competition. He emphasized her innate abilities and her determination from a young age. The coach also shared that the primary goal for any athlete and coach is to improve the player’s competitive abilities. He referred to Serena’s exceptional qualities as a young athlete, which he described as “Kid Goat” in the Compton area. Macci’s comments shed light on Serena’s exceptional competitive mindset, which continues to inspire players today.

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Written by:

Dr Aditya Raveendran Menon


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Aditya Menon is a Senior Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports. He has authored over 900 articles covering several high-profile tournaments and events. As someone who is highly passionate about the sport, he has a special interest in covering the on-court and off court endeavors of the legendary Serena Williams and the ‘Big Three’ of men’s tennis.
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Aishwary Gaonkar