‘Let’s Go Vika!’- Victoria Azarenka Joins Hands With Serena Williams’ Former Coach for the 2022 US Open

Published 06/21/2022, 6:17 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 21, 2022 Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka celebrates winning her third round match against Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina REUTERS/Morgan Sette

With Wimbledon Championships deciding to not act as a host to Russian and Belarusian players, Victoria Azarenka, the Belarusian tennis ace, has already started her preparations for the final Grand Slam of the year. The US Open has sided with the other two Grand Slams and will present a platform for players of the concerned nations unlike Wimbledon.

Therefore, making a wise decision, the three-time US Open finalist has paired up with the most experienced coach in the USA, Rick Macci. The former world no.1 has already begun her preparations at the Rick Macci Tennis center.

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Victoria Azarenka is all set for Macci’s guidance

Azarenka will utilize her time off the court to come out stronger than ever at the upcoming US hard-court summer and who can possibly be a better companion than the legendary coach Macci, who trained champion players in the past.

It seems like a pleasure for the seven times USTA coach of the year as well as he took to Twitter to share his excitement about the collaboration.

“Victoria Azarenka, former number #1 player in the world for 52 weeks grinding at the Rick Macci Tennis Center! Let’s go Vika!”

Macci has shaped four WTA world no.1 players namely Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Jennifer Capriati. Also to the ATP, he gave Andy Roddick – former US Open champion and world no.1.

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Coming back to Azarenka, the two-time Wimbledon semifinalist will lose a chance to further her reach in the tournament. Also, the Belarusian will miss a season in which she has excellent records. Since her debut, she has played 88 matches on grass and has lost only 28 as she secured a win percentage of 68 on the surface.

Azarenka in the hard courts

Although Victoria Azarenka isn’t weak on any surface, she imposes a great threat to other players on hard-courts. She has a winning percentage of 73.72  and has won over 300 matches on the surface.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 21, 2022 Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka in action during her third round match against Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina REUTERS/Morgan Sette

However, her tennis didn’t shine like it should this year. Azarenka had initial round exits in almost every tournament apart from the Australian Open, where she secured a place in the quarters before losing out to Barbora Krejcikova.

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A point to be noted here is that the 32-year-old suffered consecutive injuries during the season. First, she struggled with a hip injury at the Qatar Open and then a foot injury forced her to pull out of the Miami Open. Also, these injuries affected her gameplay in following the clay events.

All these aside, it’s great to witness a champion like Victoria Azarenka fighting hard to still be competitive and give a tough fight to the younger lot on the WTA tour. The Belarusian will most likely announce her schedule once Wimbledon gets over.

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Mahima Verma

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Mahima Verma is a Tennis writer for EssentiallySports. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Hotel Management from IHM Mumbai. A sports enthusiast, particularly Tennis since her childhood, Mahima believes that she is fortunate enough to witness the legends like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Serena Williams play.

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