Childhood coach shares how Serena Williams, Venus Williams acted toward each other

Coach Rick Macci coached the Williams sisters in their childhood.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Childhood coach shares how Serena Williams, Venus Williams acted toward each other
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Coach Rick Macci reveals Serena Williams and Venus Williams were so close that they would defend each other no matter the situation. Macci, the man who coached the Williams sisters in their childhood, had a chance to get to know the sisters way before they became sporting icons.

In the early 2000s, Serena and Venus had one of the biggest rivalries on the WTA Tour. But what was happening on the court never impacted their relationship off the court - not even a bit. "Serena Williams and Venus Williams were so close as sisters and would always DEFEND the other one no matter what situation on and off the court.

AMAZING. The Goat tennis family working on DEFENSE 24/7 FOR PRO TENNIS," Macci wrote on X.

Serena & Venus Williams have always had a very close relationship

Serena, 42, has been retired for over a year now while 43-year-old Venus is still listed as an active player.

Serena may be retired from pro tennis but she is still the biggest supporter of her sister Venus. This past summer at a WTA 1000 tournament in Cincinnati, Venus clinched her first top-20 win since 2019 after beating Veronika Kudermetova.

After the win, Venus revealed that Serena sent her a message which was full of encouraging words. “She texted me after. She had a lot of encouraging words to say. She just is encouraging me to, you know, just to rise to be my best, because she believes in me and she knows what I have inside of me.

It's nice to have obviously her, because she knows and she knows what position I'm in and what it's like to be in this position. She knows what it's like to have something to give, but, like, you just need that opportunity. So, it's nice that she believes in me,” Venus revealed after her Cincinnati win.

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