Bollettieri founded the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in 1978. His success is unmatched in the tennis coaching world and therefore we will take a close look at his approach to teaching the game of Tennis!
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About Nick Bollettieri
Bollettieri was born in 1931 in Pelham New York. What many people don?t know is that Nick was not much of a tennis player himself. He didn’t start playing Tennis until his junior year in college. By the time senior year came around he had made the team but he was never a good tournament tennis player.
After college he was a member in the Paratroopers of the United States Army. This could be where his incredible work ethic originated!
He is usually the first guy in the gym in the morning around 5 a.m and he is one of the last to leave the facilities in the evening. He still keeps this daily schedule up now that he is almost 80 years old!
His full-time career in teaching tennis started after dropping out of the University of Miami Law School in 1956. Right from the start he was an exceptional motivator and he was determined to find a way to succeed in the coaching world.
Having coached over ten world number one players, it is safe to say that he is the most successful coach in the history of the game!
The Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy has a unique place in the tennis world. Nowhere else have more tennis champions been trained and formed. It is known as the toughest battleground for tennis players in the world. Hundreds of kids come to the academy to train right next to the professional players every year.
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When you visit the academy you will notice a certain intensity or vibe that cannot be found anywhere else!
Everybody here wants to make it in the competitive world of Tennis. With the professional players training right there as role models, most students are extremely motivated!
Of course there are positives and negatives about any academy or training facility. What makes the academy so great is the atmosphere and the intense competition that you can find there!
Nowhere else can you find as many players to challenge you and keep you motivated. On the other hand it is difficult for most students to get a lot of attention since there are so many students. Visiting the academy for a few weeks is definitely a great experience that I can highly recommend!
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Nick Bollettieri has coached numerous world class players over the years. The most impressive ones are the ones that spent the formative years of their junior career at the academy. Let’s have a closer look at the most famous students:
Agassi is the first student that comes to mind when people think of Nick Bollettieri. Agassi spent his junior years at the academy and was the first of Nick?s students to win a Grand Slam title!
Andre has often said that he hated the bootcamp atmosphere at the academy yet he also credits Bollettieri with much of his success! Overall Andre won eight Grand Slam singles titles and 60 overall titles on the ATP Tour throughout his career.
Monica started working with Nick in 1986 at the age of 13. She hits two-handed on both sides and Nick has described her as one of the hardest workers he has ever seen! Throughout her career she won 9 Grand Slam singles titles and 53 overall singles titles on the professional circuit
Courier came to the academy after winning the 14 and under Orange Bowl which is considered the unofficial junior world championship in Tennis. With Bollettieri as his coach he went on to start a very successful professional career. His game was built around great footwork and a strong forehand. His backhand was considered his weakness. He won 4 Grand Slam singles titles and 23 overall singles titles throughout his career.
Tommy has attended the academy since the age of 13 and still trains there today! His father found a few sponsors that signed a contract to finance Tommy?s stay at the academy and entitled the sponsors to a percentage of Tommy?s prize money. Overall Tommy has had a successful pro career winning 12 singles titles.
Maria is a great example of someone that spent their junior years at the academy. She came to the academy at the young age of 7 with her dad who had to wash dishes among other jobs to pay for her stay! Nick was instantly impressed with the young Russian whom he saw as fiercely competitive with an incredible self-confidence. Sharapova still trains at the academy today. So far she has won 3 Grand Slam singles titles and 22 overall WTA titles.
Bollettieri has often said that Rios was the most talented of all his pupils but lacked the work ethic to fully realize his potential. The Chilean won 18 singles titles in his pro career and reached the world number one ranking for a period of six weeks.
Jankovic is another kid from Eastern Europe that came to the academy at a young age. Bollettieri saw a lot of potential and once even that said he thinks she will dominate the world?s scene of Tennis one day! So far she has not won a Grand Slam title but owns 12 singles titles on the WTA Tour.