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‘You Cannot Buy Confidence Over the Internet’ – Amid Increasing Vitriol on Emma Raducanu, Serena Williams’ Veteran Ex-coach Delivers a Bold Take On Her Natural Talent to Win Slams

Published 05/03/2023, 2:10 PM EDT

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The British tennis star, Emma Raducanu, rose to prominence on the women’s circuit after clinching her first Grand Slam title in New York in 2021. Since then, the 20-year-old tennis star has been struggling to find her form, both during 2022 and the ongoing season, mainly due to injury woes. Even during the Madrid Open, the former world no.10 was forced to pull out of the tournament due to a wrist injury. On top of all this, Raducanu found herself in hot water after she delivered some controversial responses during the pre-tournament press conference. Amidst all the flak from the public, Serena Williams‘ former coach, Rick Macci, has now come forward to back the WTA player.

Serena Williams’ former coach shows his support for Emma Raducanu

During the press conference for the Madrid Open, the 20-year-old player gave some terse responses to a slew of questions, which later became a contentious issue for her critics. Additionally, some supporters are beginning to question Emma Raducanu’s competence to secure victories on the court in light of her poor form at various tournaments.


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However, despite the adverse phase of her tennis journey, the British tennis star has received strong backing from the legendary coach, Rick Macci. The American tennis coach asserted that he believes that the former world No. 10 still has the potential to clinch a number of major titles.


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Macci said, “Was asked yesterday during an interview can @EmmaRaducanu come back. She will come all the way back! Emma can beat anybody anytime anywhere and will win a few Grand Slams. You do not lose the talent. You cannot buy confidence over the internet.”

Other prominent figures in the tennis community have also backed Raducanu


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Apart from Macci, the former US Open champion also received support from her fellow WTA star, Eugenie Bouchard. During the Madrid Open presser, the Canadian tennis player expressed her take on the controversial interview featuring Raducanu.


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She asserted that tennis players and their press conferences have often been a target of scrutiny from the public. While empathizing with the 20-year-old player, Bouchard stated that it is much better to focus on your own performances than to be bothered by the skeptics and the naysayers.


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Anurag Gusain

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Anurag Gusain is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Being a huge tennis fan, he enjoys watching the Spanish legend Rafael Nadal dominate other superstars on the ATP Tour. His coverage of Nadal's 14 French Open titles has been hailed as some of the best in the business, showcasing his talent for storytelling and his ability to capture the essence of the sport.

Edited By: Tony Thomas