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Serena Williams’ Childhood Coach Dishes Out a Staggering ‘Higher Ground’ Verdict as He Delves Into the 42-Year-Old’s Goat Abilities

Published 10/04/2023, 1:21 AM EDT

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Tennis legends, known for their performance, achievements, and victories on the court, are built with hard work, dedication, and professional guidance. Coaches play a major role in building the players and pushing them to reach positions that they aspire to be at. Among those, one such recognized face is Serena Williams‘ childhood coach Rick Macci, who is known to the world for his excellent guidance and motivational skills.

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Boosting the morale of players is one of the qualities of a top-notch coach and Rick Macci delivers! With his guidance and support, the legendary player Serena Williams found herself boosted atop the tennis world. In a recent tweet, the 68-year-old coach highlighted the fundamental qualities of the “GOAT” Serena, which took fans by surprise.

Rick Macci highlights the G.O.A.T. qualities of Serena Williams


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Serena Williams, an immortal name in the world of tennis, was built on a tough journey. In the path with a million hurdles, her childhood coach Rick Macci played a very crucial part. His guidance and motivation allowed Serena to visualize her dreams and set goals that she later achieved. Even after the tennis legend retired, Rick doesn’t seem to overlook the qualities that made her a star.

In a recent tweet, the 68-year-old coach talked about the qualities that made Serena the Greatest Of All Time (GOAT). Pointing out specific qualities, he mentioned, “Goats can dart up to 15 mph or more. Goats overall have excellent speed agility and quickness. Goats have a very intense piercing stare. Goats when attacked seek higher ground.”


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Presenting the difference between a general admirer and a professional coach, his mention of specific qualities of the legendary tennis titan grabbed the attention of not just the fans but of the players too.

While the coach presented a deep analysis of Serena’s intricate skill set, this wasn’t very different from his own approach towards motivation. His previous analysis of different athletes raised similar points of consideration as well.

Rick Macci’s words of motivation and analysis of Carlos Alcaraz


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Rick Macci, being Serena Williams’ childhood coach, didn’t just limit his words of appreciation and guidance to his apprentice. In a recent tweet, he also followed a similar sort of analysis for the Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz. The coach’s unique way of mentioning the young gun’s qualities, like his “ability to improvise with disguise”, was undoubtedly a point of interest for tennis enthusiasts.


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As the 68-year-old continues his work of guidance and support in and out of the court, fans’ and players’ appreciation for him continues growing. With his analysis and words of appreciation for athletes, he presents a good example of how a coach should be.

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Written by:

Akshay Kapoor


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Akshay Kapoor is a tennis writer at Essentially Sports. With a commendable 1.5 years of experience under his belt, this maestro of words spent half of that time honing his craft in the niche world of tennis news writing.
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Mitali Dey