标记档案: Agassi

Nick Bollettieri Dead: Famed Tennis Coach of the Williams Sisters and Andre Agassi Was 91

Tennis coach Nick Bollettieri gestures outside his home Thursday, 简. 7, 2021, in Bradenton, 佛罗里达州

Tennis coach Nick Bollettieri gestures outside his home Thursday, 简. 7, 2021, in Bradenton, 佛罗里达州

NIck Bollettieri.
照片: James A. Jones Jr./The Bradenton Herald via AP

Nick Bollettieri, the famed tennis coach who helped guide Venus塞雷娜·威廉姆斯 to the top has died. 他是 91.

Bollettieri — who also coached household names including Andre Agassi, 玛丽亚 Sharapova, Boris Becker, Monica Seles and 安娜·库尔尼科娃 — died Sunday at his home after a series of health issues, his manager, Steve Shulla, said in an interview with Associated Press on Monday.

When he became sick, he got so many wonderful messages from former students and players and coaches,” Shulla added. “Many came to visit him. He got videos from others. It was wonderful. He touched so many lives and he had a great send-off.

Anyone who knew Nick knows how much he loved developing the potential in young people,” said Tim Pernetti, 的总统 IMG Academy, which grew out of the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy.

Nick Bollettieri gives instructions to a young Anna Kournikova of Russia during a training session at his Tennis Academy in Bradenton, 佛罗里达

Nick Bollettieri gives instructions to a young Anna Kournikova of Russia during a training session at his Tennis Academy in Bradenton, 佛罗里达

Nick Bollettieri, young Anna Kournikova.
Simon Bruty/Allsport

Even in his last days, you could often find him on campus, coaching and mentoring young student-athletes and staff with the same passion and enthusiasm as he did in his 20s,” added Pernetti. “Our heart goes out to his wife, Cindi, and his children. He has made a permanent and lasting impact on all of us.

Andre Agassi remembered him with an Instagram post. “我们亲爱的朋友, Nick Bollettieri, graduated from us last night,” wrote the 8-time Grand Slam winner, alongside a photo of the pair on the tennis court. “He gave so many a chance to live their dream. He showed us all how life can be lived to the fullest.

Tennis: 冠军赛, Closeup of Andre Agassi (电阻) and Nick Bollettieri (升) victorious with champagne after match, 纽约, 新的 1/1/1988

Tennis: 冠军赛, Closeup of Andre Agassi (电阻) and Nick Bollettieri (升) victorious with champagne after match, 纽约, 新的 1/1/1988

Nick Bollettieri, Andre Agassi.
Caryn Levy/Sports Illustrated via Getty Images

Born in Pelham, 纽约, Bollettieri coached tennis on the side while earning a law degree from the University of Miami.

在 1978, he founded the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy after borrowing $1 million from a friend to build a live-in tennis academy for his students.

IMG Academy has expanded beyond tennis to help student-athletes achieve their dreams in sports including baseball, football and soccer.

不错过任何一个故事——注册 人们的免费每日通讯 及时了解人们所提供的最好的东西, 从多汁的名人新闻到引人入胜的人类兴趣故事.

Monica Seles 16 before winning the 1990 French Open on April 30, 1993

Monica Seles 16 before winning the 1990 French Open on April 30, 1993

Monica Seles, Nick Bollettieri.
Paul Harris/Getty Images

In his 30-year career as a coach, his students included multiple grand slam winners and ten world No. 1 players. He was also inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2014, becoming one of only four coaches to receive the honor.

I forged my own path, which others found to be unorthodox and downright crazy,” Bollettieri said in his induction speech. “是的, I am crazy. But it takes crazy people to do things that other people say cannot be done.

The physical and mental part of the game cannot be secondary to your court time,” Bollettieri told CNN about his coaching strategy in 2006. “你 must have a passion for the game and compete for every single point.