‘I Knew It With Sharapova’ – Venus and Serena Williams’ Junior Coach Rick Macci Details His Knack of Identifying Talent

Published 04/26/2022, 8:50 AM EDT
STUTTGART, GERMANY – APRIL 28: Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates winning match point in match against Anett Kontaveit of Estonia during the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix at Porsche Arena on April 28, 2017 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The Hall of Famer coach Rick Macci has been a legendary figure in the tennis community, particularly in the United States. He coached many players who became no.1 in the world, including Venus and Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Jennifer Capriati, Andy Roddick, and more. The coach recently talked about molding a talent and making them no. 1 in the world.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 24: Maria Sharapova of Russia blows a kiss to the fans after winning her Ladies’ Singles first round match against against Samantha Murray of Great Britain on day two of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on June 24, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Interestingly, he saw the same thing with the Russian tennis star, Sharapova. 

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Rick Macci knew Maria Sharapova would become no.1 in the world

Former coach of Venus and Serena Williams, Rick Macci recently talked in the PBD podcast about making players great from an early age. According to him, he knew Maria Sharapova would become a great player in the future. 

“I get the ingredients, okay, I put it in the oven, I bake it and then I put the icing on it. When I have a 12-year-old, I’m already projecting how they are going to play at 18. And I’m playing for 18, I’m not developing a 12-year-old game. That’s why I’ve had more kids become number one in the nation at 12.”

“They come to me at 7 or 8, bang! They are no.1 in the nation. Not that, that means any things that doesn’t mean you are gonna be top 10 but I knew it with Sharapova,” Macci further revealed

When Sharapova was only 6-years-old, she came to the USA from Russia to fulfill her dream as a tennis player. Macci was one of her very first coaches who saw great potential in her. Eventually, Sharapova became one of the best players in the world and achieved the no.1 ranking in the world in 2005. 

Sharapova’s early success at Wimbledon

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At the age of 17, Sharapova won her first Grand Slam title. She grabbed all the limelight after beating Serena Williams in the 2004 Wimbledon final. Soon, she became the world no.1 in the world the very next year. 

In her career, she won five Grand Slam titles, including 2 French Open. After winning the French Open for the first time in 2012, she became one of the very few female tennis players to win a career Grand Slam. In 2020, she retired from tennis at the age of 33. 

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Debkinkar Maity

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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.

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