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‘In a Bubble Even at Age 11’ – Coach Rick Macci Reminisces Solid Advice Given to a Young Maria Sharapova’s Father

Published 06/21/2022, 9:01 AM EDT

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Rick Macci is the name behind many successful tennis stars. The 67-year-old has served as the coach of an elite list of legendary tennis players. Venus and Serena Williams, Andy Roddick, Jennifer Capriati, and Maria Sharapova were a few of her celebrity clients.

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Macci is quite active on social media and keeps sharing interesting stories and analyses of his favorite pupils. Recently, the American tweeted about an interesting aspect of Maria Sharapova’s game.


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Sharapova had the best focus according to Rick Macci

Macci has worked with many young tennis stars who became world-beaters. One such player at his academy was, tennis star, Maria Sharapova. Recalling her prowess in the early days, the American praised her for having the best focus even at an age of 11.

“@MariaSharapova had the best focus and was in a bubble even at age 11. With that boxed checked naturally, I told her dad if she controls the center of the court, she will win on center court a lot! Future number one!” He said.

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Undoubtedly, the 35-year-old Russian tennis star was one of the best tennis players of her generation. She deservedly topped the WTA rankings and also won all four Grand Slams in her illustrious career.

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Although the 35-year-old retired back in 2020, she is still one of the most widely followed tennis stars. The former world number 1 is quite active on social media and keeps sharing her whereabouts with her fans.


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Earlier this year in April, on the occasion of her 35th birthday, Sharapova surprised her fans by announcing her pregnancy. She took to her Instagram account and shared a picture of herself, flaunting the baby bump. Further, she wrote in the caption,


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“Precious beginnings!!! Eating birthday cake for two has always been my specialty.”

Sharapova has been a top-class athlete and left behind a legacy when she retired. However, many still believe that it was too early for the Russian, but the 35-year-old has planned her life away from tennis perfectly.


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The 35-year-old has been quite active on her business front lately. Now that she is beginning a new journey of motherhood, we wish her all the very best.

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Written by:

Gaurav Verma


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Gaurav Verma is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. He has post graduate diploma in management from IILM Graduate School of Management and a BBA degree from Bangalore University. He has 1-year of experience in the banking sector.
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Arunaditya Aima