Legendary coach Nick Bollettieri has passed away!

Renowned tennis coach Nick Bollettieri died on Sunday November 20. The Italian-American coach was 91 years old at the time of his death.

Bollettieri has granted to shape the lives of several top tennis players, including Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Monica Seles, the Williams sisters and Maria Sharapova, among others. Brian Gottfried was also among the first players he saved to coach.

Nick Bollettieri’s legacy lives on

Despite his prolific reputation as a tennis coach, Bollettieri’s career was limited to playing the sport in high school.

His coaching career began at the Dorado Beach Hotel in Puerto Rico in the 1960s before he established his own academy a decade later in 1978.

The Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy was the first of its kind when it was established in Florida (Bradenton) because prior to its establishment tennis players had no such place where they could achieve learning and improve their game.

Less than a decade after its inception, the academy was sold to IMG. Nonetheless, Bollettieri continued to help train visiting players to improve their tactical acumen.

Apart from his brilliant coaching career, Bollettieri also wrote his autobiography and a book which deals with various technical aspects of the game. In recent years, Bollettieri suffered physically.

In 2020, Bollettieri, then 88, fell on the court during a training session. Former US Open semi-finalist and world No. 5 Jimmy Arias said at the time: “He (Jimmy) called me, I spoke to him last night and he was in a good mood, except he he’s a guy who’s never been to the doctor.

He refuses to go to the doctor; he is afraid of needles… He feels better now” According to reports at the time, Bollettieri had had a kidney infection. News on Saturday, Bollettieri’s daughter, Angelique Anne Bollettieri, announced on Facebook that her father was on his deathbed.

His message read: “Dad is about to move on to another life. Please keep him in your thoughts for a peaceful departure and a wonderful journey. We love you Dad” Photo credited by IMG Academy.

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