Rick Macci explains when he realized Serena and Venus Williams were special
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Legendary coach Rick Macci one day received a call from Richard Williams and the rest is history as he is someone who is often credited for the early development of Serena and Venus Williams. Macci was one of the first coaches of the Williams sisters and it didn't take him long to realize that he was given a chance to work with special talents.
Soon after the Williams sisters stated practicing, Macci was "shocked" from what he was seeing. The Williams sisters, who have always been known for their hard work and commitment to the game, went at it during the first practice session.
"Then we started playing competitive points and the whole landscape changed," Macci said on Tennis Channel, per Sportskeeda. "The footwork got better, everything changed once I said game on. And it blew me away. I never saw two little girls try so hard.
There was a rage. There was something inside in these kids."
Macci labeled Venus Williams as the 'female Michael Jordan'
After seeing Venus Williams practice, Macci approached Richard Williams and told him Venus was the "next female Michael Jordan." "I have a lot of kids that try hard.
But this was different. Right then and there I told Richard, this was about Venus, that 'you got the next female Michael Jordan on your hands' He puts his arm around me and goes 'No brother man, I got the next two," Macci added.
Meanwhile, Venus WIlliams hasn't played since late August. Recently, the former world No. 1 confirmed she plans to soon return to the courts. "So, when I come back on tour because yes, you asked when am I coming back," Venus Williams said.
"I will let you know but I will be back and I will be playing, I think you're going to see a very grateful person who's just ready to compete and enjoy the game."