‘Stay Low or You Will Fall’ – Coach Rick Macci Offers Practical Advice to Serena Williams Ahead of Her Wimbledon Championships 2022 Stint

Published 06/25/2022, 12:36 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 22: (L-R) Dylan Dreyer, Rafael Nadal, Cori “Coco” Gauff, Serena Williams and Venus Williams attend the 2019 Palace Invitational at Lotte New York Palace on August 22, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Lotte New York Palace)

Serena Williams’ childhood coach, Rick Macci, has been pretty active on social media recently. Often, he talks about various stories from the past about the players he coached, including the Williams Sisters. Also, he appears on various podcasts and interviews, where he shares some unknown stories from the past. 

Recently, he took to social media and shared an important note for his former pupil, Serena. Interestingly, this could be important information for her to win her 24th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon. 

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Rick Macci’s advice to Serena Williams 

Earlier, the Hall of Famer coach took to Twitter and shared interesting information on the key factors of playing on the grass court at Wimbledon. He wrote, “Center court will be extra slippery and Serena with her overall balance stopping and starting is the wildcard for this wildcard! Stay low and on the ball or you will fall.”

It is worth noting that Macci often posts about Venus and Serena and their stories from their early days. However, this time, he shared a piece of advice for Serena, which could prove to be vital for her chances at this year’s Wimbledon. 

Centre Court practice for Serena at Wimbledon 2022

Yesterday, Rafael Nadal and Matteo Berrettini became the first players in history to practice on the Centre Court before the tournament. Later, 7-time Wimbledon champion, Serena Williams also took part in the practice session on the Centre Court. In previous years, many players complained about slipping during the early matches. So, Wimbledon decided to let a few top players practice on the Centre Court before the first-round matches. 

Interestingly, this could be a good thing for the American tennis player, as she will get used to the surface and the court before her first-round match. Incidentally, she retired from the first-round match last year after suffering a hamstring injury. 

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This year, she did not get that much match practice before the tournament. She only played two doubles matches at the Eastbourne International tournament. Even though she reached the semi-final; she had to withdraw from her match due to her partner Ons Jabeur’s unfortunate injury. 

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her first round match against Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich REUTERS/Peter Nichollsna

Moreover, she has a really tough draw ahead of her, as she could potentially face 6 seeded players en route to the final, including Coco Gauff, Iga Swiatek, and others.

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Debkinkar Maity

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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.

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