Former Coach Rick Macci Suggests Venus Williams Could Have Been the GOAT Over Serena Williams

Published 12/08/2021, 7:30 AM EST
Venus Williams of the United States celebrates after winning match point in her first round match against Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania during day two of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Serena and Venus Williams, two of the greatest female athletes ever, are a superhero duo. Their father Richard Williams trained and mentored the girls from a very young age.

However, their careers found their true footing after meeting legendary coach Rick Macci. In an interview with EssentiallySports, he shared why he believed that Venus Williams could have been the ‘GOAT’, instead of Serena.

Macci believed Venus Williams would be the greatest of all time

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A young Venus Williams celebrates her victory

In his interview with EssentiallySports, Rick Macci answers when asked about who he considered better during the girls’ junior days.

“As a youngster growing up, Venus was obviously bigger stronger and more mature,” Macci replied. He compared a young Venus Williams to her sister’s attitude. “Serena, she was like a little prankster- she wasn’t ‘locked in’ at that age.”

Macci then talks about how he always believed it would be Venus Williams who would become the greatest player of all time. He explains why, “Venus was much much better at (age) 11, 12, 13,” he said. “Her vertical jump- you cannot lob this girl, and she has a great wingspan!” Macci exclaimed.

It was Venus Williams’ wingspan and incredible vertical abilities that made him call her the ‘next female Michael Jordan’.

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Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Venus Williams (USA) hits the ball against Dayana Yastremska (UKR) during the Western and Southern Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center |Reuters

Macci talks about the time when the elder Williams sister began her professional career. He described how she did not come close to the net during her matches as much as she should have.

Re-emphasizing her wingspan and vertical, Macci says, “The problem is, you never saw her at the net that much. I thought she was going to play different. With those gifts from above, I thought she’d play a different style.”

With her abilities, Macci claims how he still believes that Venus Williams would have been unsurpassable. “I really believe that Venus could’ve won more Grand Slams than anybody.”

 

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Talking then about how Serena Williams was the best athlete he ever coached, Macci talked of how she never seemed rushed. Comparing her to NFL legend Tom Brady, he talks about how the younger Williams sister was someone who ‘had all the time in the world.’

Macci talks about his love for the sisters and his admiration for not just their game, but the people they are.

“I love Venus and Serena to death. At the end of they’re both two of the greatest players ever, but more importantly, they’re two of the nicest people. That starts at a young age.”

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Samarveer Singh

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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. A collegiate athlete himself, he admires all sportspersons who put in the work in order to achieve excellence.

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