‘Goats Love to Eat Grass’ – Serena Williams’ Childhood Coach Hypes up Her Wimbledon Expectations

Published 06/17/2022, 4:20 PM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 09: Serena Williams of the United States cools down between sets during her Ladies’ Singles fourth round match against Evgeniya Rodina of Russia on day seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 9, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

After a wait of one year, Serena Williams is finally set to make a comeback to the sport at the 2022 Wimbledon Championship. Ahead of her return, a major section of the tennis world is expecting a strong comeback by the 7-time Wimbledon champion. However, another section is questioning her longevity.

While the whole world waits to see the former World No. 1 back on the court, her childhood coach, Rick Macci, has already hyped up the expectations.

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Rick Macci, hopeful of a strong comeback by Serena

Rick Macci, the Greenville, Ohio born player turned coach, was the first coach of Serena Williams apart from her father, Richard. Polishing her during her early days, Macci was one of the major contributors to Serena’s success. While the star coach doesn’t train Serena anymore, he continues to have a pleasant relationship with the 23-time major champion.

After coaching players like Jennfier Capriati, Andy Roddick, Maria Sharapova, and the Williams sisters, Rick continues to be head of the Rick Macci International Tennis Academy, training future champions of the sport. However, apart from tennis, Rick also has a newfound love for social media.

Being very active on social media, today the 17th of June, Macci took to his Twitter handle, giving his view about the much-awaited comeback of Serena Williams. While he refrained from giving a direct opinion, he made sure to express himself in the most creative way possible.

He tweeted, “Everybody is asking how will Serena digest everything at Wimbledon? Remember goats love to eat grass.”

Apart from Rick, a number of other experts from the tennis world have also placed high bets on Serena.

Serena Williams’ dominance at Wimbledon

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Looking at the current ranking and the long absence from the game, one may wonder the reason behind fans having high hopes from Serena. The reason being her outstanding record on the grass courts of the All-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Serena Williams is amongst the most successful women players at Wimbledon. The 40-year-old, with 7 titles, is the second on the list of most Wimbledon titles in Open Era. Apart from winning, she has also been a 4-time runner-up at Wimbledon.

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Serena Williams in action during her first round ladies’ singles match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich on centre court on day two of Wimbledon at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Picture date: Tuesday June 29, 2021. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)

Talking realistically, it would undoubtedly be a difficult task for Williams to match her title winning performance after being out for a year. However, looking at the statistics, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that one can expect a surprise from the current World No. 1208.

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With the Championship just 10 days away, do you think Serena would shine this year? Let us know in the comments below.

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Ahmar Wasif

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Ahmar Wasif is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is a national level tennis player and has a number of titles to his name. His experience on the court allows him to incorporate a deeper understanding in his coverage of the sport.

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