‘Easy answer’ – Carlos Alcaraz labelled the fastest player ever by legendary coach
Rick Macci has asserted that Carlos Alcaraz is the fastest tennis player he has ever watched and insisted it is an “easy answer” to give the Spanish star this title.
The coaching great, who worked with tennis legend Serena Williams, joked that he was not really sure if it was Alcaraz because he could not see due to his amazing speed.
Alcaraz concluded his 2023 season at the ATP Finals in Turin last month, where he was beaten by eventual winner Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals on his debut appearance at the year-end championships.
The two-time Grand Slam champion had a career-best season this year, winning six titles and compiling a brilliant 65-12 (84.4%) record as he finished as world No 2.
The 20-year-old claimed two Masters 1000 crowns, two ATP 500 tournaments and an ATP 250 title, but the highlight was his triumph at Wimbledon — where he overcame Djokovic in a five-set epic.
Following his victory at the All England Club in July, Alcaraz did not win another title and reached one final in the last eight tournaments he played.
As well as his complete game, the Spaniard has become renowned for his explosive speed and movement since his stunning rise to the top of the game.
THE SPEED ⚡️
— Eurosport (@eurosport) June 9, 2023
In a post on Twitter / X, Macci explained Alcaraz was a simple choice for the question of who was the fastest player he has seen in the sport after recently being asked about the topic.
“During a podcast [I] was asked who is the fastest player I ever saw. EASY ANSWER. I am not really sure as I could not see them. @CarlosAlcaraz,” the 69-year-old American wrote.
During a podcast was asked who is the Fastest player I Ever Saw. EASY ANSWER. I am not really sure as I could not See them. @carlosalcaraz
— Rick Macci (@RickMacci) December 10, 2023
This is extremely high praise for Alcaraz, given the length of time Macci has worked in tennis and the number of great players he has witnessed in action.
In September, Macci argued Alcaraz’s defeat to Daniil Medvedev in the 2023 US Open semi-finals will fuel him and suggested he could be dominant at the Grand Slams next year.
“The best thing ever for @carlosalcaraz was losing in the semis of the US OPEN. That painful stinging feeling will be a Priceless New York Gold Nugget in his back pocket for life and will IGNITE the Spanish Magician to bust through the Door and maybe grab three Slams in 2024,” he assessed on Twitter / X.
Macci has worked with five players who achieved the world No 1 ranking in their careers: Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, Jennifer Capriati and Andy Roddick. The 69-year-old also coached major champions Mary Pierce, Anastasia Myskina and Sofia Kenin.
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