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The coach who trained Serena Williams in her childhood shares a memorable story about Martina Navratilova that influenced her path towards becoming a legendary athlete.

Rick Macci, a legendary figure in the world of tennis, has been a mentor to numerous athletes including
Serena WilliamsVenus Williams, Jennifer Capriati, Maria Sharapova,

Macci has greatly influenced the sport of tennis by developing numerous champions. While most tennis enthusiasts are familiar with his contributions, few are aware of how he entered the coaching profession. In a recent interview, he opened up about his journey.

During the interview, Macci, a coach for numerous prominent players in the sport, discussed his inspiration from Martina Navratilova and other athletes of his era, which led him to become a coach for successful players.

The former coach of Serena Williams shares the story of his path to becoming an exceptional coach during her childhood.

In the recent edition of the ‘This is My Why’ podcast, the 68-year-old coach talked about his eventful life as he coached players who were set to become champions. Macci also talked about how he ended up on the path to becoming such a coach. He remembered watching the United Airlines Sunburn Cup in the 1980s, which was won by Martina Navratilova

While discussing the Cup, the commentators mentioned the Green Leaf Golf and Tennis Resort, where it was being held. The topic of constructing additional amenities came up, prompting Macci to reach out to the club for more information.

I received a call from the place and they mentioned that they are looking to hire an assistant director for tennis. They have a lot of resumes to go through and will make a decision in a week. They also mentioned that I could fly down at my own expense if I wanted to..” 

Initially, Macci was hesitant about the potential opportunity and pondered whether or not to pursue it. However, he ultimately decided to travel to Hanne, Florida to visit the Resort and meet with those in charge.

I had a meeting with the man and we chatted, played, and spent the entire weekend together. He kindly dropped me off at the airport on Sunday night and offered me the job, saying “If you want it, it’s yours.” Despite the lower pay, I took a few days to consider it and ultimately decided to go for it..”

His hard work paid off, leading Macci to a successful coaching career with a roster of many talented stars, bringing him endless recognition and success.


According to the childhood coach of Venus and Serena Williams, there is one key factor that sets the legendary sisters apart from others.

Macci’s coaching career, which has become legendary

The coach, who is 68 years old, has instructed notable tennis players such as the Williams sisters, Jennifer Capriati, Maria Sharapova, and Andy Roddick. Macci has successfully coached five players who have achieved the top ranking. He has helped numerous players reach international recognition and has played a role in the success of 86 grand slam titles in singles, doubles, and mixed events. Additionally, Macci’s contributions have led to 8 Olympic gold medals, elevating the reputation of the United States.

The coach who became a legend may not have initially been the best in the world, but he persevered and succeeded.

the complete list of his team’s resting points

He has now accumulated a record that positions him as a top coach in the sport. Following a lengthy career, he can now enjoy the rewards and indulge in the fruits of his hard work.

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Serena Williams’ former childhood coach shares a memorable anecdote about Martina Navratilova that ultimately influenced her iconic career. This story was originally published on EssentiallySports.