Legendary Tennis Coach Nick Bollettieri Passes Away At Age 91

by Staff | December 5th, 2022, 11:06 am

The tennis world has lost one of its great coaches. Nick Bollettieri passed away at the age of 91. The news was confirmed by his former pupil Tommy Haas who posted a note on Instagram last night.

“So many memories, i am not sure where to begin. Nickiiiii, that’s how i have called you for the longest time.
Thank you for your time, knowledge, commitment, expertise, the willingness to share your skill, your personal interest in mentoring me,and giving me the best opportunity to follow my dreams.
You were a dreamer and a doer, and a pioneer in our sport, truly one of a kind.
I surely will miss you around the academy, our Tennis talks, miss showing of your tan, white teeth and body fat , miss watching you do Tai Chi, miss playing Golf with you watching you try to cheat, eating a Snickers bar and running for the bushes, and hearing all about your plans even at the age of 91.
Thanks again for everything……..
RIP Nickiiiii”

In addition to Haas, Bollettieri was well known for guiding the likes of Andre Agassi, Boris Becker, Jim Courier, Maria Sharapova and Monica Seles to superstar status and Grand Slam champions.

Bollettieri also perfected the business model of a tennis academy which still thrives to this day in Bradenton, Florida.

He was inducted in the Tennis Hall of Fame in 2014.

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5 Comments for Legendary Tennis Coach Nick Bollettieri Passes Away At Age 91

chrisford1 Says:

He only dabbled in tennis due to other commitments and other sports in HS and college, but after a time as a US Army Officer, the bios say he started coaching tennis in 1956 to people at resorts in Florida and Puerto Rico. After his high energy propelled his teaching and knowledge of the sport to higher and higher levels of the sport, he coached pros. And wrote, and did TV.
His biggest feats were the purpose designed Tennis Academy, started in the early 80s and bought and taken global by IMG in multiple sports. And spotting a poor Russian kid from Siberia going to tennis courts on the handlebars of her Dad’s bike. Then helping the Sharapov family achieve the dream of their daughter Maria becoming a fine big player, then a star, then a modeling and endorsement icon. Not as big as his Academy invention , but without Nick, no Sharapova.

zed Says:

Without him we may never have seen the lovely lady. She is delightful not only because of her beauty but also her playful personality (at least that’s how she comes across in interviews, on video etc).

Sounds like he lived a full life as well as a long life. You can’t ask for more.

skeezer Says:

RIP Nick, with him goes the golden era of a TA.

Alison hodge Says:

A sad day for tennis

Okiegal Says:

A giant in the world of tennis. RIP, Mr. Bollettieri………..

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