Nicholas James Bollettieri (born 31 July 1931), is an American tennis
coach. He has participated in the development of many leading players,
including Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Monica Seles, and Mary Pierce. He
has also worked with Maria Sharapova, Daniela Hantuchová, Jelena
Janković, Nicole Vaidišová, Sabine Lisicki, Sara Errani, Tommy
Haas, Max Mirnyi, Xavier Malisse, Venus Williams, Serena Williams,
Martina Hingis, Anna Kournikova, Marcelo Ríos, Kei Nishikori, and
Boris Becker for two years.
He has been mentioned and profiled in a few television series and
documentary films, including Jason Kohn's documentary film Love Means
Zero, which was premiered at the 42nd Toronto International Film
Festival on September 9, 2017.
3 Notable students
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Born in Pelham, New York, to immigrant Italian parents, Nick
Bollettieri attended Pelham Memorial High School. He was a charter
member of the Beta Lambda Chapter of the Omega Gamma Delta Fraternity
and he graduated in 1949. In 1953, he graduated from Spring Hill
College (Mobile, Alabama) with a degree in philosophy. After serving
with the United States Army, attaining the rank of First Lieutenant,
in 1956 he turned to teaching tennis after dropping out of the
University of Miami
University of Miami Law School. Bollettieri's first students
included Brian Gottfried. His first formal tennis camp was at Wayland
Academy in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.
Bollettieri was the tennis director at Dorado Beach Hotel in Puerto
Rico in the late 1960s when it was a
Rockefeller resort. His main
assistant coach there was Julio Moros, who followed Bollettieri when
he set up his academy in Florida.
Longboat Key, Florida
Longboat Key, Florida in 1977, Bollettieri served as an
instructor for the Colony Beach and
Tennis Resort. In 1978,
Bollettieri opened the
Tennis Academy (NBTA) near
Bradenton, Florida on 40 acres (162,000 m²) in unincorporated Manatee
County on the west coast of Florida, about fifty miles south of Tampa.
NBTA was the first major tennis boarding school and it changed the way
tennis was taught at the elite junior level.
Seeing a template for other sports, International Management Group
(IMG) bought the academy from Bollettieri in 1987, but Bollettieri
continues to manage and play a pivotal role in the development of the
tennis academy and ancillary programs.
The earliest Bollettieri pupils to reach no. 1 were Monica Seles, Jim
Courier and Andre Agassi. Later, Marcelo Ríos
climbed to the top while associated with Bollettieri.
Williams sisters have a long-standing relationship with
Bollettieri, having visited the academy for years, and they often
prepare for Grand Slams there.
Mary Pierce and Anna
Kournikova also trained at the academy. More recent
students training with Bollettieri include
Maria Sharapova (who moved
from Russia at the age of nine) and
Jelena Janković (from Belgrade,
Serbia, aged 12); both became no. 1.
On May 18, 2008, Bollettieri was honored at the New York College of
Health Professions with an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters for
his contribution to the world of sports, fitness, and wellness.
Bollettieri also was commencement speaker at the college's
commencement ceremony. In 2014 Bollettieri was inducted to the
Tennis Hall of Fame.
Bollettieri continues with teaching and public speaking engagements
worldwide, including a visit to teach students at Tri-State Athletic
Club in Evansville, Indiana. He is instruction editor of TENNIS
magazine and has written an autobiography, My Aces, My Faults, with
Dick Schaap, New York City:
HarperCollins (1996). Hardcover:
ISBN 0-380-97306-5, ISBN 978-0-380-97306-4. New York: Avon
Books (1997). Paperback: ISBN 0-380-78723-7,
Bollettieri has also written an instructional book, Bollettieri's
Tennis Handbook, which covers everything from stroke techniques and
strategies to skill development and physical and mental
Nick Bollettieri DVD Collection brings
Bollettier's teaching to life in a set of 10 DVDs that cover
everything from tactics to practice and forehands to drop shots.
Bollettieri has also published a very recent autobiography entitled:
BOLLETTIERI - Changing the Game, which covers everything from where he
was born to the present.
Bollettieri married Cindi Eaton on April 22, 2004. That same year,
Nick and Cindi founded the nonprofit fitness camp, Camp Kaizen.
Bollettieri has seven children; five adult children, James, Danielle,
Angelique, Nicole and Alexandra, and two adopted sons, Giovanni and
Giacomo. He also has two granddaughters, Willa Bay and Addison Skye
and two grandsons, Hudson and Jameson. Bollettieri's current wife is
Cindi Eaton Bollettieri.
Barlett, Mark (2012). The
Tennis Academy: A late
twentieth-century history of tennis, youth specialization, and
entrepreneurship (Master of Arts thesis). Iowa State University.
^ a b "Nick Bollettieri: Celebrated coach still going strong at 82".
The Independent. 2014-06-18. Retrieved 2017-05-26.
IMG Academy Bollettieri
Tennis Program". Retrieved
^ "Garber: Bollettieri one of the most prolific and effective coaches
in history". ESPN.com. 6 September 2008. Retrieved 13 December
^ Bollettieri, Nick (2001). Bollettieri's
Tennis Handbook. Human
Kinetics. p. 456. ISBN 978-0-7360-4036-5.
^ Bollettieri, Nick (2005).
Nick Bollettieri DVD Collection.
pp. 519 minutes. ISBN 978-0-7360-7000-3.
^ "HugeDomains.com - CampKaizen.com is for sale (Camp Kaizen)".
campkaizen.com. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
^ Robson, Douglas (15 July 2012). "
Nick Bollettieri still going, still
controversial, at 80". USA Today. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
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