Former Coach Reveals Untold Tale About Venus Williams and Serena Williams

Published 11/09/2021, 5:30 PM EST
Serena Williams (L) and Venus Williams touch rackets after Serena Williams defeated Venus Williams 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 during Top Seed Open – Day 4 at the Top Seed Tennis Club on August 13, 2020 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)


Venus and Serena Williams are two of the greatest players of all time in the history of tennis. The two brought a revolution in the sport and continue to be the inspiration for many young athletes.

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Even though fans are well aware of their father, Richard Williams, who was their first coach, people hardly know that they also trained under renowned coach Rick Macci. Interestingly, Macci is a seven-time USPTA (United States Professional Tennis Association) national coach of the year.

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Rick Macci recalls his first training session with Venus and Serena Williams

In a recent podcast, Macci remembered his first practice session with Venus and Serena in Compton, California. It was as if he didn’t forget even a single detail and stated everything from the start to the end in a flow.

“We go onto the tennis court. Okay, I had a brand new box of Wilson balls that I shipped there. Wait, wait, wait, we don’t use new balls, we want old ones… Sounds good to me, I got it, it was a little different. We go onto the court. She has a basket next to the post that had around seven chains wrapped around the basket,” said Macci in the podcast.

Macci highlighted that it took around 20 minutes just to get the arrangements done. Only after this, he could start practice with the Williams’ sisters. The chains were there for safety, to ensure that the basket wouldn’t disappear overnight.

“So, it took him twenty minutes just to get the cart ready for the old balls so I start hitting with Venus and Serena…” added the former coach.

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King Richard is about to hit the theatres soon

In the same podcast, Macci also talked about the upcoming film, ‘King Richard’. The movie is based on the life of Richard Williams and his contribution to the lives of Venus and Serena Williams. Interestingly, Jon Bernthal is playing the role of Macci in the film.

Serena Williams (R) of the USA celebrates with her father Richard Williams and sister Venus Williams after her Ladies’ Singles final match against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

King Richard will hit the theatres on November 19, 2021. Fans are exhilarated about the film and are eagerly waiting for its release. Will you witness Serena and Venus’ story on the big screen?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 1000 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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