Legendary coach: I knew Serena and Venus Williams would transcend sport

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Legendary coach: I knew Serena and Venus Williams would transcend sport

Legendary tennis coach Rick Macci admitted he wasn't impressed at first by Serena and Venus Williams but it didn't take him long to completely change his mind. Macci was one of the first coaches to work with the Wiliams sisters and he was amazed by the level of talent they had.

"I wasn't impressed at first. But then when they started competing, it was brutal," Macci said during his interview with YouTube channel Tweener Head, as quoted on Sportskeeda. "I've seen a lot, I never saw two little girls run so hard and almost fall over to get a ball.

Quick, strong, fast. And they would go for the jugular." The Williams sisters went on to become all-time greats and Macci wasn't surprised at all. "I knew they could transcend the sport. I just knew what I could do and I saw their potential," Macci said.

"They not only checked every box, they checked a few more." The Williams sisters had a great support in their father "I knew I had a father I could work with. Richard was the nicest guy even though he comes across as stubborn," Macci said.

"On the inside, he was a world class father. That's why I respect the guy so much."

Williams Sr. was determined to make great champions from Serena and Venus.

"He would go home after dinner, put up the tripod, and do interviews with the girls to prepare them for the future," Macci said.

"But look how they speak. Look how they look you in the eye. They're very educated." Unfortunately, Serena won't be playing at the Australian Open. "While this is never an easy decision to make, I am not where I need to be physically to compete," Serena Williams told the Australian Open website.

"Melbourne is one of my favorite cities to visit and I look forward to playing at the AO every year. I will miss seeing the fans, but am excited to return and compete at my highest level."