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‘Dirty Work’ Reality Surfaced by Serena Williams ‘ Childhood Coach as Academy Misfortune Becomes Crystal Clear

Published 10/17/2023, 7:36 AM EDT

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The stories behind the tennis stars are often loaded up with enduring belief, and the resilience to push beyond boundaries. One such story unfurls through the voice of Rick Macci. The prominent tennis star played a critical influence in shaping the careers of some of the American tennis GOATs, Venus and Serena Williams. In a recent candid podcast, Macci shared how the fine line between guidance and silence can make all the difference. His “dirty work” reality provided light on the academy’s crystal clear misfortunes.

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The true essence of Macci’s journey lies in the sacrifices he made and the hurdles he overcame to nurture the talents of young tennis stars. Macci didn’t simply coach the young players but also assumed a critical part in directing the parents in question. His words resound with coaches and analysts who understand the intricacy of their roles.

Childhood coach of Serena Williams opened up about sacrifices and skepticism surrounding his academy


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In the episode of the “Love Means Nothing – Tennis” podcast, Rick Macci talked about the intricate dynamics between coaching, expectations, and results. His words give an intimate glimpse into the challenges and sacrifices he made while coaching young tennis talents. The childhood coach of Serena Williams revealed how his unwavering belief in the sisters’ potential had both positive and negative consequences.

Macci highlighted the importance of understanding when to be vocal and when to remain silent as a coach. He had recognized that sometimes, the best coaching is knowing when not to interfere. The coach spoke,” And I did a lot of the heavy lifting or dirty work when he wasn’t there. I would tweak it, I would say you know, so it was about the girls.”


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Macci also uncovered that he needed to play out a lot of the “hard work” or “dirty work” when their father, Richard Williams wasn’t around. It involved making adjustments and tweaks to the game and ensuring the legendary sisters remained on track.

His unfaltering confidence in the capability of the Williams sisters included some significant pitfalls. He talked about the monetary weights he conveyed during his training journey. To help the Williams sisters’ dreams, he needed to make critical ventures. These included buying a $92,000 RV, keeping a house, getting health care coverage, and subsidizing a huge number of dollars for hitting partners.

Macci also explained, “Less people came because they were there. Because I was saying I think there’ll be number one in the world. I think they’ll transform the game.”


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The coach had believed in their true capacity and invested in their skills as well as in their future. His journey acts as a wake-up call that success often requires a mix of belief, financial investment, and hard work. Macci never misses an opportunity to sing her praises on social media and other platforms. Recently, he took to X to once again applaud the 23-time Grand Slam champion for her exceptional qualities. He appreciated her insatiable hunger for competition with his followers.

Macci recently celebrated Serena Williams’ unrelenting competitive spirit

In a recent post on X, her childhood coach shared insights into her competitive spirit, even as a child. Macci emphasized that the American’s daily practice sessions were not just about honing her skills; she wanted to engage in competitive matches regularly. Her unwavering hunger for competition and her desire to take on opponents were defining aspects of her character.


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According to Macci, one of the primary goals of a coach is to nurture a player’s competitive spirit, and the GOAT embodied this quality throughout her career. The sisters have not only left a profound impact on the sport but have also served as a source of inspiration for players today. Their extraordinary qualities, dedication, and competitive spirit continue to motivate and inspire those who aspire to follow in their footsteps.

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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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Ananya Giri