Tennis legend Andre Agassi paid a heartfelt tribute to Nick Bollettieri by praising the legendary tennis coach for «giving so many the chance to live their dream.» On Monday, the IMG Academy confirmed that iconic tennis coach Bollettieri has passed away at the age of 91.
Agassi, who worked with Bollettieri between 1983 and 1993, will always have nothing but love and appreciation for his former coach. «Our dear friend, Nick Bollettieri, graduated with us last night. He gave so many the chance to live his dream.
He showed us all how life can be lived to the fullest. Thanks Nick,» Agassi wrote on Twitter.
Our dear friend, Nick Bollettieri, graduated with us last night. He gave many the opportunity to live his dream. He showed us all how life can be lived to the fullest…
Thank you Nick 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/PhO36oPWpI — Andre Agassi (@AndreAgassi) December 5, 2022
Agassi called Bollettieri on Thanksgiving
On Thanksgiving Day, Agassi was on the call with Bollettieri.
Agassi’s kind gesture moved the legendary tennis coach to tears. «My Thanksgiving was done when I learned that my friend @NickBollettieri, tennis guru who needs all our prayers, was moved to tears when he received a warm phone call from one of his favorite talents of all time, Andre Agassi, today. «, ESPN analyst Dick Vitale wrote on Twitter 10 days ago.
Bollettieri coached numerous players who went on to become all-time greats. During his amazing coaching career, Bollettieri has worked with Agassi, Pete Sampras, Jim Courier, Maria Sharapova, Monica Seles, and more. “Anyone who knew Nick knows how much he loved developing the potential of young people, coaching tennis and this Academy. .
Even in his later days, he could often be found on campus, coaching and mentoring young student-athletes and staff with the same passion and enthusiasm he had in his early 20s. Our hearts go out to his wife, Cindi, and his children.
It has had a permanent and lasting impact on all of us,” said Tim Pernetti, President of IMG Academy Bradenton. quite special