Childhood coach shares Serena Williams' 'most epic answer ever given' at 12

Even as a little girl, Williams was full of confidence in her abilities.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Childhood coach shares Serena Williams' 'most epic answer ever given' at 12
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Coach Rick Macci reveals Serena Williams' "most epic answer ever given as a kid" was telling a reporter that one day she "wants people to play like me." In childhood, Williams was coached by Macci for four years. When Williams was 12, she was already considered one of the most promising girls in the United States.

30 years later, Macci still remembers one bossy answer Williams gave when she was just 12. "The MOST EPIC ANSWER @serenawilliams Ever gave as a kid in an interview was at age 12 when asked who do You want to play like someday? With no Hesitation or Delay right from her championship heart the Compton Crusher said and I quote I WANT PEOPLE TO PLAY LIKE ME SOMEDAY!" Macci wrote on X.

Williams made a very strong statement earlier this year

Williams, a former 23-time Grand Slam champion, retired from pro tennis after the 2022 US Open. Since then, Williams has turned 42 and welcomed her second child.

When asked earlier this year if there was a chance of her coming back, Williams said she felt "torn" because she believed she "could still play at a very high level." With that statement, Williams showed that even in her retirement her confidence remains as strong as ever.

"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. I was playing earlier when I first retired because it was hard to do it cold turkey.

But lately, I haven't played so much. And I miss it. I'm like, 'Oh my goodness. I gotta get out there' But it's hard for me to get out there. 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 told E! earlier this year.

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