Rick Macci is a Tennis Coach. He is REALLY good at what he does. He has NO Wikipedia page (which is crazy) despite the fact that he is a world class tennis coach and I would say that he EQUALS Nick Bollettieri in his accomplishments (of course, he does not have the same push for self-promotion that Bollettieri has).
His players: Jennifer Capriati, Andy Roddick, Venus and Serena, Tommy Ho, Sharapova, and Viele.
He was the coach who developed Jennifer Capriati. Macci spent many many hours developing her ground game so she could play HARD off the ground and hit deep penetrating forehands and backhands. He knew she was destined for greatness when Tommy Ho nailed her in the forehead with an 80 mph fastball; she was knocked on the ground and with tears in her eyes, hopped back up almost immediately “Alright I know the rules of the game. Wait until I get a short ball.” She was tenacious. People recognized her as a “phenom” when she was 12. Macci had her beating everybody! She played in the 12’s, she won. Then in the 14’s, won again. 16’s, won again. She was even beating girls in the 18’s as a 12 year old. Her ability to play so close to the baseline allowed her to neutralize the power of her larger opponents.
Rick Macci trained Tommy Ho. To many tennis people, nobody has heard of Tommy Ho. He was a phenom developed by Macci and he dominated from a young age. Tommy Ho had this god-like hand eye coordination and he was lefty. He was similar to Capriati. From a young age he was able to dominate. Tommy Ho won Kalamazoo. He turned pro with Multi-Millon dollar contracts. His game did not translate that well to the pro game and he did not become a top ranked world famous pro … … but as a junior he had this massive success. Tommy Ho and Capriati were the players that put Rick Macci “on the map.”
He also developed a young Andy Roddick. Go to YouTube, type in “Young Andy Roddick with Rick Macci” you can see it. Macci has a pattern of training kids from 10 to 14 and then something happens, like they move on or they turn pro or something.
He spent some time developing Sharapova. Believe it or not, the Dad really wanted her to play LEFT HANDED. They trained but Macci didn’t think it would be natural and strong enough. So … boom boom boom RIGHT HANDED. She wanted to be with Macci all the way but then IMG showed up and threw the big money at her.
He was KEY with the Williams Sisters. He traveled to Compton to see them and he even went to the “Country Club” that was there (it was a joke, it was the ghetto). He was impressed by their athletic skill and they were able to come and train in Florida with him. Macci invested many many many hours into developing their strokes and giving them world class coaching. Venus made her pro tour debut when she was 14 and she won! Her racquet was unpainted and her clothes were from JCPenny … … “SPONSOR ME!” She won and she turned pro on the spot. There is more to the story … … … …
Most people talk like those girls just walked out of the ghetto in Compton and were World Class players but OBVIOUSLY they were professionally trained in Florida by Rick Macci. It’s a shame he didn’t get more credit AND Venus and Serena still don’t really give him credit for all of the training. (Sad)
If you found all of this information to be interesting then … … you are welcome! Also, check out his book it is called “Macci Magic.” VERY INTERESTING if you are a tennis fan and it really sheds some light on the training of Venus and Serena.
February 17th … … DJ ROBO BISCUIT