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Rick Macci hosts fireside chat with David Meltzer and Dr. Jerath

Rick Macci hosts fireside chat with David Meltzer and Dr. Jerath

Legendary tennis coach Rick Macci recently hosted another "fireside chat" at his academy in South County Regional Park in Boca Raton. Macci's students were in attendance along with their parents and other industry luminaries.   

Macci invited the co-host of his popular "Game, Set, Life" podcast, David Meltzer, to sit alongside Macci's co-author, Dr. Nivedita Uberoi Jerath, of new book, Billion Dollar Mind: A Practical Guide to the Game of Lifeto discuss what it takes to be achieve success in tennis, business, and life.

Above: Rick Macci (middle) hosts David Meltzer (right) and Dr. Nivedita Uberoi Jerath (left) at his tennis academy. Photo: Rick Macci Tennis Aacdemy.

It was a high-impact presentation as these industry experts offered up expert advice for a crowd looking to achieve their maximum potential in life. Who were the featured speakers?

David Meltzer is co-founder of Sports 1 Marketing and formerly served as CEO of the renowned Leigh Steinberg Sports & Entertainment agency — the inspiration for the hit movie Jerry Maguire. Meltzer is also a three-time international best-selling author who's been honored by Variety as “Sports Humanitarian of the Year”.

Harvard educated Dr. Nivedita Uberoi Jerath is currently Director of Neuromuscular Medicine in Orlando where she specializes in solving challenging neuromuscular cases. As a junior tennis player, she was undefeated playing in the Southern Tennis Association for years. Part of her success, in both tennis and life, can be chalked up to her coach Rick Macci.

Rick Macci is a world-renowned USPTA Master Professional with the distinction of having trained five players who reached number one in the tennis world including: Andy Roddick, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, and Jennifer Capriati. Actor Jon Bernthal actually portrayed Macci in the Hollywood blockbuster King Richard about the Williams sisters.

Above: A big crowd attends the Macci event. Photo: Rick Macci Tennis Aacdemy.

The three speakers, Macci, Meltzer, and Jerath discussed their own secret recipe for success and provided a number of high-impact quotes during their hour-long panel. Here's a few quotes that appeared to resonate with the packed crowd at the Macci Academy.

David Meltzer

Don't dwell on setbacks: "Let's shorten the distance for resistance."

Find your purpose: "Find the thing you love — where you'll work overtime."

Do it for you: "Is this what my parents or friends want? Or is this what I want?"

Time management: "How have I improved today with what's important to me? How much time did I spend on where I want to be?"

Have faith: "When setbacks arrive, realize you're being protected, promoted, and loved. You'll get through this."

Mentors: "Find someone who's already been there and ask directions."

Dr. Nivedita Uberoi Jerath

Pivot your mind: "You're constantly generating thoughts. So when your mind goes negative, generate a different thought or a different perspective."

With your kids: "Watch what they do. They will naturally gravitate to what they love. Once they discover it, give them an opportunity to explore it further."

Confidence: "Keep promises to yourself."

Redirect: "When things aren't going your way, just one thought can make you happy [again]."

Rick Macci  

Perspective: "There's not a wrong way or a right way, there's a better way."

Recovery: "If you build a routine, you'll become a machine."

Frustration: "It's not such a bad thing. The flip side is: I could care less about it. Frustration means you really do care about it. It's all about how you deal with it. Roddick used to turn frustration into determination."

Accountability: "Keep a journal. Write it down. Own it."

Digital detox: "With social media, be careful what you consume. Get off the 'merry-go-round' of negativity."

Facing adversity: "If you think it's hot, it just got hotter. If you think it's cold, it just got colder. The person on the other side of the net has the exact same conditions. It is what it is — deal with it."

Self-improvement: "If you're not getting better, you're getting worse."

Each speaker turned out to be a quote machine. Macci, Meltzer, and Jerath provided so much motivation to the crowd throughout event. Whether it's tennis, business, or challenging life circumstances, these three speakers at the Macci Academy gave attendees valuable advice that can change lives. 


Written by Florida Tennis' Executive Editor and Publisher Matt Pressman. Top photo in header and photo gallery: Rick Macci Tennis Aacdemy.

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