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……..
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.
RIP Nick Bolletieri ; Aside from being the greatest coach ever, you were so kind to me, my parents, and my siblings… that meant more to me than anything, you had a big heart and a zest for living…❤️❤️❤️
— Chris Evert (@ChrissieEvert) December 5, 2022
THANK YOU Nick ❤️
You have given so many children a place to work for their dream. Supporting them with your knowledge and the believe that anything is possible. I was fortunate to be one of them.
You’ve shaped the game of tennis
You will be dearly missed!
Rest In Peace Nicki🕊💔 pic.twitter.com/DBVdcBn12b
— Sabine Lisicki (@sabinelisicki) December 5, 2022
Waking up to very sad news 😔. It was an honor to have known you. I will always remember and appreciate you coming out to my court and giving me advice. You have given our sport so much, and will always be remembered and cherished as one of the kindest, RIP Nick ❤️
— Denis Shapovalov (@denis_shapo) December 5, 2022
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