“Used to Drain a Whole Publix Shopping Cart”: American Coach Gives a Sneak Peek to Serena Williams Training Session

Published 08/27/2021, 1:18 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 18, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. in action during her semi final match against Japan’s Naomi Osaka REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


Tennis entertainment has picked up, courtesy of the upcoming US Open. The iconic tournament has already made word headlines with its star-studded lineup and its star-studded absentees. Undoubtedly, breathtaking tennis is promised with the young guns putting on a show in New York. However, joining the list of stars who miss out are the Williams sisters. Citing injury concerns, both Serena Williams and Venus Williams recently withdrew from the US Open.

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For more than a decade now, both Serena and Venus Williams have dominated the tennis talk. Considered as one of the most lethal pair in the sport, they have an immensely decorated career to show for it. The sheer greatness of the American duo is such that even their absence is the most talked about in the sporting community.

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Reflecting upon their legacy in an insightful podcast, former tennis player Rick Macci hailed the sisters. While at it, he also revealed details on the training sessions of the young Williams.

From the tennis courts of Compton

‘The Goat: Serena’ is a podcast hosted by legends, Zina Garrison and Chanda Rubin. In conversation, it traces the journey of Serena Williams, right from the courts of Compton to global triumph. Joined by special guest, tennis coach Rick Macci, the first two episodes were recently released.

Caught candid, Rick expressed how influential the William sisters are and what every aspiring star can learn from them. He said, “This is a great lesson for anybody, it’s not about ever winning or losing, and I know that’s easy to say. It’s about learning, it’s about hitting better, you just got to control your attitude, the winning and losing is going to take care of itself.” 

It’s not where you start, it’s really where you finish. They always thought about working on the game, getting better angles, working on your serve. They used to drain a whole Publix shopping cart every night of serves. I tell all these people now in the Academy, how many serves these girls hit.

“I told Serena ‘you’re is going to have the best serve of women’s tennis someday.’ She said ‘I know I will.'” he revealed.

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It’s been tough for Serena Williams

Undoubtedly, Serena Williams has carved an untouchable legacy for herself. With 23 Grand Slam titles to her name, she has won it all. However, with injuries getting the best out of her, these are unfortunate times for the American sensation.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts after sustaining an injury before retiring from her first round match against Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich Pool via REUTERS/Jed Leicester

Serena fell victim to a horrific injury at the 2021 Wimbledon Championship. Ever since, she is yet to make a return to the court. Fans expected to see the former World No. 1 on home soil but had to settle for disappointment again. With seasons now spent on the sidelines instead of the court, rumors of retirement have been on the rise. Now with yet another tournament without the legend, fans wonder, is this it for Serena Williams?

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Melroy Fernandes

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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