‘Can Help Her Mentally and Strategically Like No Other’ – Struggling Emma Raducanu Receives Serena Williams’ Childhood Coach’s Backing Amid Testing Times

Published 11/22/2023, 2:22 PM EST

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The cycle of injury and recovery has trapped yet another talent. British tennis star Emma Raducanu has come quite far away from the golden days of her career. The 21-year-old burst onto the scene unlike any other: winning the 2021 US Open in dominant fashion. However, her gradual downfall due to injuries in the last few seasons can prove to be quite damaging. Raducanu might be enduring a difficult period in her career, but some of the biggest names in the sport have her back. Adding to that list is the Hall of Famer coach Rick Macci, who shaped Serena Williams’ career, recently passed an interesting comment about Raducanu.

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Macci earned his glory coaching not just the 23-time Grand Slam champion but has also played a part in the success of other big names such as Andy Roddick, Maria Sharapova and Monica Seles. Now, it seems like he has found a new interest or a career reviving project that revolves around Raducanu.

Rick Macci gives his thoughts on reviving the career of Emma Raducanu 

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Raducanu’s hiatus from the WTA Tour has stirred many whispers of uncertainty. The courts that were once graced by her vigor now remain void of her presence. As the tennis community wonders about the situation surrounding Raducanu’s absence, seasoned coach Rick Macci stepped in to give his thoughts on the same.

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In a candid revelation during his exclusive interview with The Telegraph, Macci disclosed: “I spoke to her agent, but he said her parents deal with coaching appointments.” The unconventional nature of the coaching arrangement adds an intriguing layer to Raducanu’s current plight. Macci also acknowledged his expertise, that lies beyond the conventional means of a travel coach. In his words: “I can help her mentally and strategically like no other.”

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The looming question is whether Raducanu harbors the hunger and belief to reclaim her status as one of tennis’s best? Macci’s attempt at mirroring the uncertainties surrounding Raducanu’s future is a story that goes beyond the confines of the court. His contemplation can also be seen as a beacon of hope for Raducanu.

Macci’s assurance of success 

Macci’s interest in the Brit is no mere whimsy. He doesn’t just make promises; he delivers results that are etched in the annals of tennis history. His coaching is a proven formula that catapulted the Williams sisters to greatness.

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Macci’s words, “I can help her mentally and strategically like no other,” aren’t empty assurances. The incredible achievements of players like Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, and Andy Roddick, among others, is a living testament to Macci’s experience in guiding promising players. 

The seasoned coach’s track record isn’t just limited to the stars of yesteryears. Earlier this year, Macci gave his thoughts on Coco Gauff’s limitations when it comes to hitting powerful and accurate forehands. Later that year, after a prudent change in her coaching staff, Gauff improved tremendously.

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Considering his legacy, could Macci pave the way for Raducanu’s resurgence in the unpredictable world of tennis? What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments.

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“…to those who thought you were putting water on my fire, you were really adding gas to it and now I’m burning so bright right now” – Coco Gauff, 2023 US Open. Ever since Naomi Osaka’s infamous withdrawal from the tennis circuit due to her deteriorating mental health in the 2021 French Open, I have been enamored by tennis stars and their psyche. With a background in psychology, I am interested in delving into the minds of the sport's biggest stars while keeping my readers informed about the latest in the tennis world, from on-court action to personal stories.
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