2018 Pro Women To Watch (WTA)

These are women to watch in 2018.

Jaimee Fourlis (Ranking: 324)   18 year old Jaimee Fourlis will be a player to watch on the WTA tour.   Fourlis has an athletic build and is a big striker of the ball.  She has had good junior success and is ready to make her breakthrough on the pro stage.    She has a wildcard into the Australian Open and will most likely be seen in the lead up tournaments as well.


Destanee Aiava (153)  17 year old Aiava of Australia is also set to gain ground in 2018.  She won the Wildcard playoff in Australia so she is into the year’s first grand slam.  Aiava has a good athletic build and hits the ball very strong off the ground; she has easy power.   In 2017 she defeated Bethanie Mattek Sands.


3) Wozniacki.   Expect more winning and more consistency from Wozniacki.  By the end of 2017, Wozniacki was looking to be the most “solid” of the players with her movement, her returning, and her backhand looking the most consistent.

4) Bundle Group –    Look for Svitolina, Ostapenko, and Garcia to continue their winning ways.   Svitolina has the best “all around game” of the top 10 women.   If Ostapenko is “hot” then she can beat any player by just hitting winner after winner.   Look for Garcia to have more wins especially against players like Wozniacki and Halep.  Garcia is striking her groundstrokes very cleanly and her swing volley as well as her aggressive play is strong!

5)  Ashleigh Barty.  World #17 Ashleigh Barty is extremely dangerous.   She is a very talented and athletic player.   If she is playing well I expect her to produce upsets and work her way close to the top 10.


6) NOT Kerber.   I think players have figured out how to beat Kerber and she has lost some of her confidence.

7) Maria Sharapova.   Expect Sharapova to continue her climb up the rankings.   Sharapova has an extremely strong competitive spirit combined with some of the other players.  You will see various players give up once they start losing, but Sharapova will continue to fight for the whole match.    She has the heart of a champion.

8) Naomi Osaka of Japan.  Osaka is a huge striker of the ball.  Expect her to do more winning in 2018 and work her way up the rankings more.

9) Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil.    She is very solid and clearly has more of a clay court style game.  She is lefty and is very consistent.  I expect her to continue her winning ways and to climb the rankings.

10) Sabalenka of Belarus. The 19 year old World #73 is like a young Sharapova.  She is a grunter and a big striker of the ball off of both wings.  I expect her to win more matches (as long as keeps her on straight)


Also, assuming they are healthy, If Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka come back for the full season then they have good chances of dominating the tour.  They will face opposition from players like Pliskova or Venus or Sharapova.  But when they are playing well, Serena and Azarenka are extremely hard for the other women to beat.

Let me know if you agree or disagree.  Or just let me know what players you think are the ones to watch in 2018.


Rick Macci: Super Coach

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