‘Nothing to Prove’ – Venus Williams’ Childhood Coach Opens Up on Her Future at Grand Slam Level (EXCLUSIVE)

Published 12/11/2023, 4:10 AM EST

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With a racket and a strong will, Venus Williams is still battling on the tennis scene. She has been doing well even after turning forty, but this year was not particularly good for her. Although injuries prevented her from playing to her full potential this year, there are many unanswered questions about the 43-year-old tennis star’s longevity as a professional player circulating the tennis circuit.

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But now, as she is ready to step into the 2024 tennis season, her childhood coach, Rick Macci, took command in his hands to deal with this question. In addition, he also talked about the eldest Williams sister’s Grand Slam chances in the upcoming year.

Rick Macci highlights Venus Williams’ tennis chances 

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Serena Williams‘ childhood coach, in an exclusive interview with EssentiallySports, talked about the 43-year-old American tennis legend’s possibility of ruling the tennis court once again. As someone who has known the seven-time Grand Slam champion from her early tennis days, Macci also talked about the perfect time when she should think of retirement in the future.

The 69-year-old tennis coach said, “I think it’s up to Venus. But listen, she can still be a threat in doubles or mixed doubles if she wants to play.” Along with that, he also stated how the eldest Williams daughter still has a lot of tennis left, because of which she can fairly pull off a great year ahead.

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Subsequently, Macci also mentioned how last year she was ranked 14 in the world at the age of 42 while doing amazing on the grass courts. Further, he mentioned, “So I think it’s gonna be tough, and it was bad look at the Open, because a girl was suppose to be that good Venus footwork was little off. I think Venus will keep playing but she should retire when she wants to. It’s no ones really concern because it’s her career and she has nothing to prove.”

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While the Williams sisters’ childhood coach still believes that there is a possibility for Venus to do better in the upcoming tennis season, there have been a lot of different opinions going around regarding when she should step down from the tennis circuit. Not only that, earlier this year, she also shared her mother’s and sister’s opinions on her longevity.

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Venus Williams shares her mother’s take on her athletic longevity 

A few months ago, in a podcast interview, the 43-year-old American tennis legend talked about how her family has been one of the biggest reasons she has been so consistent in tennis. She said, “My mom and sister still come to this day just like…Aren’t you tired of tennis? You know how hard it is to sit not only through one match within another match and then a doubles match later that day?”

Not only that, she also highlighted that playing against her sister was one of the most beautiful moments of her life. Venus Williams has been a part of the tennis circuit for around 29 years after turning pro, and the way she shows up again after every injury defines her dedication to the sport.

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Nevertheless, what are your thoughts regarding whether Venus Williams will grab a Grand Slam in the upcoming season or not? Do let us know in the comment section below.

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Watching the biggest sports events have been a part of my life right from my early childhood. Although I have grown up watching a variety of sports, including tennis, cricket, and esports, I have a special connection to tennis. Thus, when it came to building a career in sports journalism, I focused on the racket sport.
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