Coach Rick Macci claims that even as a kid Serena Williams was ultra-competitive and loved when she was competing for a prize. Macci, who was the childhood coach of Serena and Venus Williams, is widely credited for the early development of the Williams sisters.
Macci's role in the development of Serena and Venus was detailed in King Richard. "@serenawilliams even at age 10 always loved to play competitive points every day. When the winner got a snack or tee shirt it was a brutal Compton street fight and must-see tv!
GOAT qualities as a kid," Macci tweeted.
@serenawilliams even at age 10 always loved to play competitive points every day. When the winner got a snack or tee shirt it was a brutal Compton street fight and must see tv!Goat qualities as a kid.🐐 — Rick Macci (@RickMacci) March 24, 2023
Williams feels she could still play at 'a very high level'
Williams, who ended her pro tennis career after the US Open, recently said she feels she can still play at "a very high level." "I for sure feel more at peace now.
It's interesting. I think I feel torn because I'm still able to play at a very, very, very high level. With that being said, I always wanted to leave the game playing at a very high level. But it's hard because it's like, 'Oh my gosh, I could still play, and I could still do all that stuff.'
But I'm inch by inch leaning away, inch by inch embracing it," Williams told E! News. In recent months, Williams indicated that there have been moments when she has been tempted to return to pro tennis. But so far, Williams has managed to keep herself retired from pro tennis.
"Actually, I did play the other day, and it's just like, 'There's no way I shouldn't be playing professional tennis. Like, there's literally no excuse.' But I mean, I guess there is an excuse, right? It's hard because when I'm playing I'm like, 'Oh my gosh, I'm pretty good at this. I can continue to do this,' which not a lot of people can say," Williams said.