Coach including the Williams sisters, Maria Sharapova or André Agassi, Nick Bollettieri died this Sunday at the age of 91.
Tennis has lost one of its legends. While he helped shape the careers of many top players over a long coaching career, Nick Bolletieri died on Sunday at the age of 91according to information on the site Tennis World. A news which was confirmed a few hours after a message published on social networks by his daughter Angelique Anne which left little doubt.
« Daddy is close to crossing over but he is always by our side, hoping to spend Thanksgiving, she confided in a message published this Saturday on her personal Facebook page. Please, keep him in your thoughts and prayers that his remaining time may be peaceful and his journey, whatever it may be, be wonderful.. We love you Dad. “After several years of seeing his health decline, Nick Bollettieri died surrounded by his family.
Legendary coach Nick Bollettieri passes away!: Nick Bollettieri was unwell for some time although he still remained connected to his beloved sport https://t.co/XUnmgJyo3V
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Bollettieri, insatiable trainer
A native of New York State, the man who would become a renowned coach began his career as a tennis manager in a hotel in Puerto Rico before settling in Florida. It was in 1978 that he founded the tennis academy in Bradenton that bears his name and through which many leading players have passed..
Among his students who reached the first place in the world, we can mention Andre Agassi, Marcelo Rios, Monica Seles, Jim Courier or Maria Sharapova. The sisters Serena and Venus Williams also benefited from his advice, as did Mary Pierce, Jelena Jankovic and Boris Becker between December 1993 and August 1995. While his methods have sometimes been criticized for their harshness, the results have often been there. -you. His lifetime contribution to tennis earned him an entry into the Hall of Fame in 2014.