Serena Williams' childhood coach Rick Macci believes it is "a sure thing" that Cori Gauff and Alycia Parks will one day become Grand Slam champions. Gauff, 18, is already a Grand Slam finalist, having lost to Iga Swiatek in the 2022 French Open final.
On the other side, 22-year-old Parks has been on the rise for the past few months. Last week, Parks captured her first WTA title after upsetting Caroline Garcia in the Lyon final. "Everybody around the globe is asking me about Alycia Parks Coco and Serena and to compare.
Alycia and Coco will win Grand Slams for sure. The one and only COMPTON COMET for sure already has 23," Macci tweeted.
Everybody around the globe is asking me about Alycia Parks Coco and Serena and to compare. Alycia and Coco will win Grand Slams for sure.The one and only COMPTON COMET for sure already has 23.🐐 — Rick Macci (@RickMacci) February 10, 2023
Williams' childhood coach Macci tips Gauff, Parks to win a Grand Slam
Gauff is already one of the best players in the game, while Parks seems like someone who definitely has the potential to do major things.
In five matches played in Lyon last week, Parks served a total of 52 aces. Rennae Stubbs, who worked with Williams as her coach/advisor during the US Open, sees some similarities between Parks and Williams' serves. "Her serve is, I'm telling you, when they're coming at me.
Oh my god, it's like Serena peak, that's how good her serve is when it goes in. I'm telling you, she's a potential top-10 player within the next 12 months. She's got to keep, obviously, the body healthy. She's a strong girl, really wants it, she has a great head on her shoulders.
I think she’s a great talent and there’s a great upside for her. She has every power tool in the world, and without question can be a Grand Slam champion one day if she keeps putting the work in. She is good, really good," Stubbs said on The Rennae Stubbs Tennis Podcast. It remains to be seen if Parks can also make her first big Grand Slam run this year.