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Having Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova in His 40-Year Star-Studded Resume, Rick Macci Continues To Ooze Optimism to Naomi Osaka Fans About Her Comeback

Published 05/17/2023, 4:37 PM EDT

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The Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka made a name for herself as a tennis player and a well-known figure in the athletic world in a relatively short period. Her tennis journey, however, has not been easy during the past few years. She has been outspoken about her struggles with mental health and is one of the first athletes to discuss the existence of mental health issues in the world of sports.

Every tennis player has unique strengths and flaws that have helped them excel on the court. Rick Macci, Serena Williams’ tennis coach, who has experience in many facets of the tennis world, recently took some time to discuss the best traits of the Japanese tennis player.

Serena Williams’ former coach, Rick Macci on Naomi Osaka’s biggest strength


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The 68-year-old tennis coach, who mentored the Williams sisters and Maria Sharapova, recently expressed hope about Osaka’s comeback. He talked about the four-time Grand Slam champion’s biggest strength while giving a ray of hope to her fans.

He wrote, “@naomiosaka best quality is her mental strength. Life is not a straight line. She is a honest champion. Four Grand Slams Seven titles Eleven finals. Has lightning strikes off both wings explosive movement and if she makes it fun this young lady can still be number one!” 


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Further, along with the former world number one’s biggest strength. He also emphasized on Osaka’s achievements on the tennis court to date. More importantly, he also showed confidence that even after making a comeback in the tennis world, she can still take up the world number one spot once again.


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Similar to his latest tweet, just a few days before, the 23-time Grand Slam champion’s former coach made a prediction regarding the Japanese tennis player’s return to the WTA tour.

Rick Macci’s strong predictions on Osaka’s 2024 comeback

The 68-year-old American tennis coach made a strong statement a few days ago regarding the Japanese tennis player’s comeback, which will happen next year. In 2024, Osaka will undoubtedly be back in the top 10 of the WTA rankings, in his opinion.


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Additionally, he stated that the 25-year-old will soar back to the top because she still has her talent and groundstrokes. But he also made it clear that improving one’s overall confidence and fitness takes time. But with four Grand Slam victories, one can say that Osaka knows a thing or two about overcoming difficulties.



Pratishtha Prakash

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Pratishtha Prakash is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media and Journalism from MIT ADT University, Pune. Being a sports enthusiast, she has been following varied sports like tennis, cricket and Esports from her childhood.

Edited By: Tony Thomas