Since 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams announced her return to the tour on Tuesday, the tennis world hasn’t been able to keep calm. And now the former World No.1 has made a new addition to her coaching team.
Williams’ name was missing from the entry list that Wimbledon released earlier in June, shattering the last hopes her fans had of seeing her play again. However, following official confirmation on Tuesday, Williams is guaranteed to be in the main draw of ladies singles as a wildcard. The American also confirmed the news in an Instagram post.
Besides the news, the fact that she tagged her sister Venus Williams coach Eric Hechtman also caught everyone’s attention. He later reshared the post on his Instagram story.
“LFG! So pumped for this trip with the GOAT,” Hechtman wrote.
Interestingly, his Instagram bio still reads, “Coach of Venus Williams’. Hechtman, who has been Venus’ coach since 2019, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Miami. During his time there, he was the team captain for three years and held the school record for the most all-time wins.
Before his foray into coaching, Hechtman spent time as the hitting partner for players like Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Venus Williams, and Serena Williams, among others. He is also the Director of the Royal Palm Tennis Club in Florida.
Earlier this year, Serena Williams had a fallout with her former coach Patrick Mouratoglou, who is now training two-time Major champion Simona Halep. Williams and Mouratoglou started working together in 2012. Their collaboration resulted in 10 Grand Slam victories and an Olympic Gold medal for the American.