Legendary coach Rick Macci described Serena Williams' career as something that started "amazingly" and finished with an even "better ending." Williams, 40, announced on Tuesday her plans to retire after the US Open. Williams, who is set to go down as one of the greatest players in tennis history, was coached by Macci during her childhood days.
"There was an amazing beginning, and an even better ending," Macci tweeted. In his tweet, Macci put the goat emoji - which is used when referring to someone as the greatest of all time.
There was an amazing beginning, and an even better ending.
Macci on how he started working with Williams
One day, Macci received a call from Richard Williams, who insisted he had some talents he should look at.
"When I got this call from Richard, we started talking," Macci said on Tennis Channel this year. "I'm like, 'I'm going to go see this little kid, she was in the The New York Times, undefeated in under-10s' So I flew to Compton.
That night Richard, Oracene, Venus and Serena came to the hotel. Richard pulls out a piece of paper and this guy grilled me for like an hour. If he was going to let someone in their circle, he wanted a role model a father figure plus someone who's been there and done that." When the Williams sisters started playing competitive points, Macci was left in awe of what he was witnessing.
"Then we started playing competitive points and the whole landscape changed," Macci said. "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." Serena Williams is playing at this week's National Bank Open in Toronto. Next week, Williams plays at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Then, Williams goes to New York to say goodbye to tennis at the US Open.