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Richard Williams Made Serena Williams and Venus Williams Play With Balls That He Fed to the Dog Says Childhood Coach Rick Macci

Published 07/14/2022, 9:03 AM EDT

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Sisters Venus and Serena Williams are undoubtedly two of the greatest tennis players ever. They not only have achieved great feats in careers but also inspired many young girls to pick up the racket. Recently, the sisters returned to tour after a long gap. While Serena played in singles at Wimbledon Championships 2022, Venus tried out mixed doubles.

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From a very young age, their father, Richard Williams, coached the two girls, and later Rick Macci Joined them. Macci recently took to his Twitter account to tell an interesting fact about their young days.


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Macci recalls Williams sisters practicing with an old ball

Recalling the early playing days of the Williams sisters, Macci tweeted about the instances when Richard Williams made them practice with old tennis balls that he fed to the dogs.

Notably, the old tennis ball has a low bounce and is more challenging to play with.


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“Richard Williams wanted @Serenawilliams @Venusewilliams to play with old balls that did not bounce and he could bring to his dog that night and the guy did. Amazing, he always thought of the entire family!” He wrote.

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While Macci coached many renowned tennis players, the 67-year-old has on many occasions said that Serena Williams was his best student.

Serena Williams’ disappointing return to the tour


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Serena Williams was out of action after sustaining an injury in the 2021 Wimbledon Championship. She made a comeback in 2022 Wimbledon with a wildcard entry.

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However, the 40-year-old had a disappointing run in the tournament. Playing against Harmony Tan of France in the first round, she ended up losing the match. Even though she gave a tough fight to the 24-year-old, it was not good enough for her to win. Her long absence has definitely affected her game, as she looked rusty and was not at her best.


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The 40-year-old has no plans for retirement and might as well feature in the upcoming US Open. With 23 Grand Slam titles to her name, the former world number 1 is just 1 title short of equaling the record of most Grand Slam wins. Can she achieve this feat? Let us know in the comments.

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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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Deepakshi Chaudhary