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Unstoppable 9-Yr-Old Tennis Prodigy!


RICK MACCI: Gabriella goes after the ball,
it’s like a heat-seeking missile. GABRIELLA PRICE: I’m 4 foot 3, and 60 pounds. MARC PRICE: Gabriella always wants to win
at every single thing she does. MICHELLE PRICE: You can see that she has that
passion, and she really wants it. GABRIELLA PRICE: I wanna be one of the best
tennis players of all time. [MUSIC] MARC PRICE: Rick’s trained so many great professionals. And that’s why we come here, for the Rick
Macci Tennis Academy, to give her this opportunity. [MUSIC] RICK MACCI: [Coaching] If I say “Check,” you
go back the same way, okay? RICK MACCI: Good, recover. RICK MACCI: Gabriella Price is the closest
thing I’ve ever seen to a Jennifer Capriati at this age. But Gabriella is even a little further along
athletically. RICK MACCI: [Coaching] Pull the left in. GABRIELLA PRICE: Rick is really, like, nice
to me, and he always helps me with things. RICK MACCI: Well I’ve been coaching tennis,
you know, 30, 35 years, and a lot of kids that I’ve had since a young age have gone
on to become household names. Jennifer Capriati, Venus and Serena Williams,
Andy Roddick. GABRIELLA PRICE: When I’m playing with people,
he tells me what to do and stuff, when I’m playing matches on his court. RICK MACCI: [Coaching] 20 balls to a side,
you gotta put it in. RICK MACCI: The first thing I look for is
what I call the x-factor, and it’s how they compete. RICK MACCI: [Coaching] Dig! Dig! Good. RICK MACCI: But it’s really the toughest thing
to teach a kid, that you’ll just run over broken glass to get a ball, and run back over
it to get the next one. And I see it in Gabriella Price. GABRIELLA PRICE: Rick says, “If you wanna
be great, you have to run for every ball.” RICK MACCI: [Coaching] Show me how bad you
want it! Good fight, Gabby. GABRIELLA PRICE: He says, “What’s in your
chest?” RICK MACCI: [Coaching] What’s in your chest? Come on, Gab! GABRIELLA PRICE: That means he says, what
do you have inside? Like, to get the ball. RICK MACCI:[Coaching] Awesome. Water. Great Job. Grab some water. GABRIELLA PRICE: That was one of the easiest
ones. RICK MACCI: [Coaching] She’s a beast! She said that was easy. MARC PRICE: Whatever Rick tells her to do
here, I reinforce at home with her. MARC PRICE: [Coaching] Get ready! Good. Get ready. MICHELLE PRICE: You can see that she has that
passion, and she really wants it. We don’t want it for her. She wants it for herself. And, and –
MARC PRICE: Correction. MICHELLE PRICE: What? MARC PRICE: I want it for her. MICHELLE PRICE: Well –
MARC PRICE: I do want it for her. Listen –
MICHELLE PRICE: Okay, fine. Yeah. MARC PRICE: [Coaching] On your toes. Elbow up. Brush hard. Come in! MICHELLE PRICE: Marc is a great tennis player,
and I always told him, “I don’t want you living vicariously through her.” And when he starts going a little nuts with
the pressure – MARC PRICE: [Coaching] Open. Come on, go, go, go. No. MICHELLE PRICE: – you know, I talk to him
and I say, “Okay, simmer down a little bit.” MARC PRICE: I will push her. She has to be pushed. MARC PRICE: [Coaching] Come forward, come
forward. Volley. Volley. Go back. MARC PRICE: She has to be given the education,
what it takes to maybe succeed. She’s not gonna know this on her own. MARC PRICE: [Coaching] Stand over there. I’m gonna hit you a short ball –
RICK MACCI: There has to be parental involvement. That’s what people don’t understand. Behind any kid who goes on to greatness, there
has to be a parent that’s plugged in. MICHELLE PRICE: And of course we want her
to succeed. We want the best for her. But at the end of the day, it’s actually up
to her. RICK MACCI: [Coaching] Very good. [MUSIC] GABRIELLA PRICE: When I started playing tennis,
I was 4-years-old. My dad fed me one ball, and then I almost
took his head off. GABRIELLA PRICE: Here I come! GABRIELLA PRICE: I have a house in New York,
but this is my house that we stay at when we go to Florida. GABRIELLA PRICE: My family is very competitive. GABRIELLA PRICE: [To brother] I wanna do this. GABRIELLA PRICE: Everything we do, somebody
always has to win. My dad sometimes says, “Oh, nobody wins.” But my brothers, they’re like, screaming,
“I did better than you.” [MUSIC] RICK MACCI: Gabriella’s gonna be the youngest
player in the tournament. And the smallest. But one of the feistiest, too. GABRIELLA PRICE: Players that I play that
are bigger and stronger than me, I really don’t get intimidated because my abilities
are just as good. [MUSIC] RICK MACCI: When Gabby loses, she doesn’t
deal with it good. And she shouldn’t. RICK MACCI: So that’s all part of the process. You’re gonna miss, you’re gonna fail, and
you’re gonna lose. And that’s how you succeed. GABRIELLA PRICE: It’s sometimes hard to not
be upset because when you miss a shot, you always wanted to win that point, so it’s kinda
hard to forget about it. But you have to forget about it. [MUSIC] MARC PRICE: She’s not doing anything with
the ball. [MUSIC] OPPONENT: Oh, come on! [MUSIC] MARC PRICE: How bad do you wanna win? There’s no second chance in this tournament. You need to be – look – focused and positive,
like this. You don’t look over here at the cameras; you
don’t look at your brothers; you don’t look at your mom; you don’t look at me. We cannot help you. You need to help yourself. You need to be mature enough where Gabby needs
to help herself. Okay? I love you either way. Kiss. High-five. Come here. GABRIELLA PRICE: Sometimes he’s strict because
he wants the best for me, he said. MARC PRICE: Not fighting. She’s not fighting at all. FAN: You’re playing great, Gab. Keep it up. [MUSIC] GABRIELLA PRICE: When I was losing 5-4, I
kind of told myself, “Just keep the ball in the court, and focus, and just – win.” GABRIELLA PRICE: [Playing] Out! Let’s go. GABRIELLA PRICE: [Playing] Come on! MARC PRICE: Oh yeah. Way to play. RICK MACCI: Gabriella’s tougher than tough
than tough, and that’s what you want. MARC PRICE: Way to play, Gabriella. [MUSIC] RICK MACCI: She’s working harder than ever. She wants it more than ever. And I couldn’t be more proud of her. [MUSIC] MARC PRICE: It is commitment. It is time. It does take a lot of energy. But she is 9. I totally respect the life that she lives
every day. It’s not easy. RICK MACCI: It’s a journey. It’s a long-term process. She has to work hard. There’s gonna be ups and downs. We’re not gonna know how this spits out probably
’til another 7 or 8 years, but I just see qualities that spell greatness. GABRIELLA PRICE: To be great you have to have
great footwork. You have to have great strokes. You have to have a great attitude. You have to have great everything.

David Frank

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100 COMMENTS

  1. Sports Simulation Posted on April 21, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    U might beat her but she's 9 when she's 20 she will kill you

    Reply
  2. Deanna cok Posted on April 22, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    she look right at her dad when she messed up. I feel bad for here when she gets older

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  3. carl joseph Posted on April 23, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    one thing they fail to mention is how much this family has paid Macci over time, up to this age, of course Macci will say all those great things about her, in essence he has been paid to do so, plus this also works as advertising for his academy in Boca. check his rates, about $300 per hour. if someone paid you $300 per hour would you say great things. I live in Fla and gotta tell you i have seen many young female tennis players that are way younger and much better then this girl.

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  4. Xander Taylor Posted on April 24, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Kids who have pushy parents like that end up secretly hating them, even if they love what they do. It's not necessary to be so stern when your child is gifted and loves the sport.

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  5. Daphne Posted on April 28, 2013 at 8:17 am

    She has a lot of motivation in her (:
    Thats good! Keep it up!

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  6. wakko380 Posted on April 28, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Daamn she cute xd

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  7. Martin Posted on April 28, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    That's bullshit! Surely being filmed at a tournament will put off your opponents? Tennis is a psychological sport. Unfair in my eyes…

    Reply
  8. Goldenglov4 Posted on April 29, 2013 at 2:21 am

    obviously gabriel is a boy 0:04

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  9. edgarae1 Posted on May 5, 2013 at 4:50 am

    I hate tennis now.

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  10. Jimmy Spinnler Posted on May 5, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    OWEN WILSON AS HER COCH?!

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  11. Joshua Thomson Posted on May 6, 2013 at 2:35 am

    So it's not just me that noticed that

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  12. jay singhera Posted on May 6, 2013 at 11:42 am

    she could keep her left arm up a bit longer on her serve

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  13. Daniel W Posted on May 6, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    She's 4 and a half years younger than me and weighs 10 pounds less. o.O

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  14. tennisplayingfamily Posted on May 6, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    I know her I also go to the Rick Macci academy

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  15. sean rosario Posted on May 8, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    pedo .-.

    Reply
  16. James Fizerl Posted on May 9, 2013 at 1:24 am

    if you don't deal with losing well you aren't going to make it far that coach is wrong at 5:09

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  17. TheGreatDudist Posted on May 9, 2013 at 5:56 am

    She's got so much talent. And I want to watch her when she's famous.

    But the first thing they need to do is train that so many female tennis players are trained to do to distract their opponents (Sharapova, Azarenka… I'm looking at you).

    Teach her to be more sportsmanlike than her "idols".

    Reply
  18. Jimmy Yu Posted on May 9, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Wow, made her train in the pouring rain 3:37

    Reply
  19. SpoonerSpecter Posted on May 10, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    This seems really wrong, first off its unfair, this girl is gonna end up like Agassi ( although hes my favorite player of all time ) but its the same M.O. – raised at a VERY young age to play tennis, playing opponents much older and bigger, pushed by father to play – She's gonna end up hating the sport because she doesn't even look like shes having any fun!

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  20. Jake Wellian Posted on May 12, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    O god not another screamer

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  21. illuminatedchris Posted on May 13, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    why does she scream? i hate it, it is sooo useless to scream…a quiet uhh is enough

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  22. illuminatedchris Posted on May 13, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    just thought the same!!

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  23. TalliCat Games Posted on May 13, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Obviously she's only 9 and hasn't gone through puberty yet. Little troll is little and such comments aren't funny. Girls can do as many amazing things as boys can and calling her a boy just because she's undeveloped — AT NINE — and athletic is insulting.
    Grow up.

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  24. SpoonerSpecter Posted on May 14, 2013 at 3:21 am

    that was a tennis ball … troll.

    Reply
  25. Kyra Farah Posted on May 14, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    I have know gabby for a long time , she is really nice and plays great tennis for a soon to be 10 year old . Her parents are super nice and mark helps gabby along the way.

    Reply
  26. nagleisjoe Posted on May 17, 2013 at 4:14 am

    hopefully she wont turn out like michelle wie, extraordinary amount of talent, but has been pushed by her parents so much, she never reaches her potential

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  27. Pedro Strom Posted on May 17, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    that girl will hate tennis and her father very very soon !

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  28. Vincent Cummings Posted on May 18, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I will say this, she is 9 years old, underdeveloped…and would kick my ass in tennis and a lot of adults. I'm humble enough to acknowledge this amazement. My ego is shrinking.

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  29. Biggie Chungus Posted on May 18, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    I think that you need to grow up and learn to interpret what the person meant. I shouldn't need to even explain it, you should be able to see it at 0:04 straight away, unless you're mentally retarded. I assume you may be.

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  30. Karrotspls Posted on May 19, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Doesn't appear to be a troll. He was referring to the bulge caused by the ball she was keeping in her pants. Simmer down a little.

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  31. Ad Man Posted on May 20, 2013 at 5:07 am

    I think he meant that the ball in her pocket looked like something else lol. But you are still right.

    Reply
  32. Paintedpayload Posted on May 20, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    it was a joke because she had a ball in her pants….calm yourself

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  33. jason pfister Posted on May 21, 2013 at 5:12 am

    She should go play a throwing sport so she can REALLY learn how to serve.

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  34. Leomerya12 Posted on May 21, 2013 at 10:39 am

    The dad should take a page out of the Williams' book; sure the family is weird, but they raised great champions…

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  35. Leah Perry Posted on May 23, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    I have a question. Why does she keep a tennis ball in her shorts?

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  36. Nam Ngo Posted on May 23, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    The father is not harsh. I went through a similar experience growing up and playing tennis. He is pushing her and very few people understand what it actually takes to compete in the top 100 regionally, let alone nationally. I hope she keeps her drive. She might need a few months off here and there. Wait till she plays against top juniors globally, that's a whole different ball game.

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  37. Resha Wells Posted on May 24, 2013 at 3:19 am

    omg shes lke way way better than me 🙁

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  38. Dia Posted on May 24, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    It's a tennis ball. We tennis players hold the balls either in our pockets or shorts to hold it when we play instead of having to constantly pick up a ball.

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  39. B. Oscar Ouk Posted on May 26, 2013 at 1:59 am

    nope. if your child has a gift it's necessary to push them to their full potential and they need the support to get there. simply relying on their gift is equivalent to relying on genetics. discipline and hard work make champions.

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  40. B. Oscar Ouk Posted on May 26, 2013 at 2:01 am

    nope. if your child has a gift it's necessary to push them to their full potential and they need the support to get there. simply relying on their gift is equivalent to relying on genetics. discipline and hard work make champions.

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  41. The Baccas Den Posted on May 28, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    she is better than me!!!!!

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  42. Venice Posted on May 28, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    i dont like her father.

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  43. Venice Posted on May 28, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    SHE'S 9. WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM HER?

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  44. Jack Pedlow Posted on May 29, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    she will also be the next azarrenka or sharapova for shouting!

    Reply
  45. jokyejoker Posted on May 30, 2013 at 5:48 am

    Why is he criticizing her? In that age u should give her support not pointing out the failures. You can just learn by doin mistakes.

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  46. kiah1lv Posted on May 30, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    I agree 100%. We push our kids in schools to over achieve. Why not in athletics. As parents, more than anyone else, we want whats best for our kids. It's ok to want it for them. In order to reach her full potential she must be pushed because she doesnt know how to properly push herself to be the best she can be. Push her until she is able to understand the importance and learn to push herself. Then later, if she doesn't want it, its her decision.

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  47. Calypsus Posted on May 30, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    sad to say it but shes too small for todays game.

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  48. UnoriginalName001 Posted on May 31, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Bronze Radio Return song at 3:53!!!!!

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  49. sportmaster92 Posted on June 1, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    9 years old, and she knows her height and WEIGHT?

    Why does a girl so young know her weight. She should absolutely have no concern for that, that young.

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  50. pumped091 Posted on June 1, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Can she get anymore cocky?

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  51. Sidd Rajan Posted on June 2, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    She pretty good for her age- but that grunt is just appalling!

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  52. superman0391 Posted on June 3, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    most mature 5 year old ive seen in my life. similar to my over achieving sister. great attitude= success

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  53. LordBarron100 Posted on June 4, 2013 at 5:10 am

    /kamekaze

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  54. historical-oracle Posted on June 4, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    yes you have to push the child, if you dont push the child it shows her that the parents dont care about her interest, but there is a limit. you still have to show the child unconditional love, even if she loses you have to be loving to her. both pushing to hard which shows conditional love and not pushing at all is bad, so they have to find the right balance

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  55. Troy B Posted on June 5, 2013 at 2:52 am

    there you have it ,i see most of you want her pampered and not pushed this is why most people are not great at any thing .The dad was great michael jackson was pushed williams sisters were pushed all great human beings at what they did or does ,only a loser won't want the dad to say anything

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  56. Bury Upon Posted on June 5, 2013 at 9:38 am

    so she can take it out if she wants

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  57. Chris Poirier Posted on June 6, 2013 at 10:56 am

    her dad was tennis player. its pretty obvious that he was the one who got her started on this. i don't think shes a prodigy. just a good player who's been pushed by her father

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  58. Debi Klink Posted on June 7, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    She could hit 14 years old and tell dad to forget it. That is why I hate the promotion of Prodigies. Even Rick says they won't know how it turns out for 7 to 8 years, Parents first need to be parents, leave coaches to coach. Encourage, support and love. Kids who truly want to be great will push themselves, they don't need parents doing it for them. Parents who push will find the child will push back at 14, 17 or 20. Read Andre Agassi's book,a look inside a tennis parent/child relationships.

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  59. Zacki Inu Posted on June 7, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    I hope Gabby's parents don't neglect to teach her about humility. Did you catch what Gabby said about her father's strictness? She said, "Sometimes he's strict because he wants the best for me, he said." (At 6:30.) I wonder what SHE thinks.

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  60. Royal Flyness Posted on June 8, 2013 at 1:36 am

    When Rick said she should be mad after losing a point, that kinda made me second guess his coaching. You should never show your anger, it makes winning so much easier for the opponent

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  61. Artificial intelligence Posted on June 8, 2013 at 10:19 am

    maybe so but serena and Venus Williams had very pushy parents

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  62. angel espino Posted on June 8, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    tell me how bad u wan it translation dk

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  63. Pee Jay Posted on June 9, 2013 at 4:17 am

    tennis burn out coming soon

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  64. Rodney Truong Posted on June 9, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Is it bad that I've seen many kids her age (Asians) as good as or better than her?

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  65. BlancheDevereaux Posted on June 11, 2013 at 1:19 am

    What a fantastic player! Some simple breathing techniques however, would get rid of the ridiculous screaming and grunting that she has already, seen mostly in female players. Dad and Mom are a tennis version of Teresa and Juicy Joe Guidice! Good luck to this little girl, we may see her on the ATP 8-10 years from now.

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  66. DulexZach Posted on June 11, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    He is criticizing her because in the end he knows it will make her better. You can't just say "YOU'RE DOING GREAT!" even when you lose a point unless she almost wins and tries her complete best. It's constructive criticism that makes you the best.

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  67. harryharryharold Posted on June 12, 2013 at 8:03 am

    size of the racquet doesnt affect her because itll be a very light weight racquet

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  68. harryharryharold Posted on June 12, 2013 at 8:08 am

    She awesome
    need to get rid of that grunt early though

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  69. Rico van Bronckhorst Posted on June 12, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Thats strange 7.07 the board is 5-4 for Prince ! Watch it you see when she hits the ball her side is 4 not 5

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  70. radiotryn3 Posted on June 13, 2013 at 3:11 am

    There is a big difference between criticizing and giving constructive criticism.
    How do you expect to learn from your mistakes, if you can't find the mistakes yourself? That's why she must have somebody there to point out her mistakes. Especially at that age! And that's what training is: Learning from your mistakes!

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  71. Diego Zevada Posted on June 14, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    a ball…….she has no pockets……

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  72. Willt602 Posted on June 14, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    a tennis ball

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  73. cj.wallington Posted on June 14, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    and 7:02

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  74. Manny B. Posted on June 14, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    the princess of tennis ?

    someday she will be just like the anime 😀

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  75. Manny Zooster Posted on June 14, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    no… please stop with that grunting

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  76. jase jones Posted on June 15, 2013 at 2:27 am

    spare serve ball. incase you miss the first serve. you have another.

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  77. Emma Smith Posted on June 15, 2013 at 3:19 am

    A ball it started at her side but it moved as she was running around

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  78. Michelle Posted on June 16, 2013 at 6:16 am

    she looks like she could be related to josh hutcherson

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  79. stef lemmens Posted on June 16, 2013 at 7:28 am

    a tennisball

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  80. kingq101 Posted on June 16, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Yes give advise to the father of a successful child. You definitely know what you're talking about and he does not.

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  81. PaulK127 Posted on June 17, 2013 at 3:21 am

    It's a tennis ball…

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  82. Domina Posted on June 17, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    This dad is the worst i ever seen she is natural he dont have to push her…

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  83. Conrad Stevens Posted on June 19, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    If I was that rich I would be a good tennis player to!

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  84. WhatTheEgg Posted on June 20, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I feel bad for her to be completely honest like yeah sure she looks like she is enjoying it but don't you think she should be having a childhood?

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  85. Daniel Currie Posted on June 23, 2013 at 1:08 am

    It's such a shame about that STUPID COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY GRUNTING.

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  86. Simon Posted on June 24, 2013 at 4:18 am

    Although i do agree with your comment, I think the dad has muscle memory in mind. If he pushes his child to correct her mistakes, her body will memorize the technique and maybe won't make the mistake next time.

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  87. Demaphobe Posted on June 27, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Or they can do both? i doubt he never gives her support. Kids that aspire to be great athletes cant just be supported they typically need to be coached at home and on the field. If you baby a child too much thats what they become, if you instill nothing but negative energy into a kid, thats what they become its balance game.

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  88. galanluis61 Posted on June 28, 2013 at 11:48 am

    how about teaching youngest player not to scream at each shots… Women tennis has become a very distracting and annoying game to watch.

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  89. thejumperkin Posted on June 30, 2013 at 12:03 am

    I see she's adopting the ubiquitous groan

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  90. Renz Ortiz Posted on July 2, 2013 at 5:04 am

    pushing and supporting is different

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  91. Edison Chan Posted on July 10, 2013 at 7:27 am

    good father, wants her to be the best, but the scream though.

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  92. kidsguitar3 Posted on July 19, 2013 at 3:37 am

    Please, let's stop the grunting and screaming in tennis!!!!

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  93. kunal dixit Posted on July 27, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Roger Federer is greatest of all time… and he "sounds" once in a blue moon while serving…. Why don't people learn from him?

    This Monica Seles, Sharapova ruined the tennis… Irritating grunting.

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  94. MSlzr1 Posted on November 6, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    She's already developed a grunt for every time of shot….that's really irritating. And also, don't cheer on a player's unforced error

    Reply
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