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13 Talented Young Athletes Dominating the Sports World

You know Serena and Venus Williams, you know Anna Kournikova…but do you know Gabriella Price? You will soon—according to legendary tennis coach Rick Macci the 13 year-old is almost as good as those legendary players. At age nine, Gabriella took the National Clay Court Championships by storm as the youngest player competing in the tournament—her rivals were four years older than her. In just three matches during the NCCC, she climbed 100 spots in the ranks. Not too shabby!
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  • On Morning Edition this week, David Greene has been reporting on child prodigies. He now talks to two parents, the mother of a teenage computer wonder and the father of a pint-sized tennis phenom.
    DAVID GREENE, HOST:

    This week on the program, we've been talking to and about prodigies: children with extraordinary abilities far beyond their age. Yesterday, we talked about how hard it is to find the right balance, encouraging these kids without setting expectations too high, something that can hurt them later as adults. This is largely up to their parents, who face some incredibly difficult choices. And today we'll hear from two parents: the mother of a teenage computer wonder and the father of a pint-sized tennis phenom.

    GREENE:

    Gabriella Price is 10 years old, 75-pounds, and a powerhouse on the tennis court.

    GABRIELLA PRICE:

    I want to be one of the best tennis players of all time.

    GREENE:

    She was featured recently on a YouTube channel about prodigies called "THNKR."

    PRICE:

    Players that have played that are bigger and stronger than me, I really don't get intimidated, because my abilities are just as good.

    GREENE:

    And the person who's been developing those abilities is Coach Rick Macci, whose past students include Venus and Serena Williams. The other driving force in her tennis life is her father, Marc Price, who played tennis in college.

    MARC PRICE:

    She is four-foot-seven. She is full of energy. She loves to win at anything she does.
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