‘Just Wired Different’ – Serena Williams’ Childhood Coach Rick Macci Delivers Bold Prediction Ahead of Her Wimbledon Return

Published 06/15/2022, 9:33 AM EDT
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)

Serena Williams will make her long-awaited return to tennis at Wimbledon this year. The 7-time Wimbledon champion confirmed her comeback after receiving a wildcard entry at SW 19. It will be her first singles tournament since getting injured on Center Court last year.

According to former coach Rick Macci, Serena’s return could surprise everyone at Wimbledon. Macci trained the Williams sisters since they were young kids and has seen them turn into legends of the sport.

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Rick Macci is optimistic ahead of Serena Williams’ return

The Italian has also coached the likes of Maria Sharapova and Andy Roddick in the past. However, Macci believes Serena is different from the rest. In a tweet, Macci said, “If Serena gets a few wins and believes you never know as she is just wired different than the rest of the non goats!”

On Tuesday, Serena took to Instagram, posted a photo of white trainers on grass, and wrote, “SW and SW19. It’s a date. 2022, see you there.”

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Before SW19, Williams will play doubles at Eastbourne with Ons Jabeur.

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Williams has been the most dominant player in women’s tennis over the last two decades. She has not only stayed at the top of the rankings, but also won an astounding 23 Grand Slams. However, she is still one short of Margaret Court’s all-time record.

Serena Williams of USA and Rafael Nadal of Spain with their winners trophies at the Wimbledon Championships 2010 Winners Ball at the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel on July 4, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Despite slipping to 1208 in the rankings, Serena will aim to get a good run on grass to bring her up to match fitness. She last won a Wimbledon title in 2016 and her last Slam win came in 2017 (Australian Open). After returning in 2018, she has come ever so close to equaling the record but has fallen short on every occasion.

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With her return after a year, Williams could prove a potent threat if she improves the consistency lacking in recent seasons. Will we see Court’s record ever broken by Serena or any other player on the women’s Tour?

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Mario Fernandes is a Formula 1 writer at EssentiallySports. He has completed his graduation in Mathematics, followed by a Post Graduation Diploma in Journalism. Mario has been a sportsman and a sports fan from a very young age and has represented his school and college in sports like soccer, tennis, and cricket at the district level.

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