Coach Patrick Mouratoglou Shares Heartfelt Tribute To 'Very Unique' Nick Bollettieri

Coach Patrick Mouratoglou shares heartfelt tribute to ‘very unique’ Nick Bollettieri


Coach Patrick Mouratoglou paid tribute to the late tennis coach Nick Bollettieri, saying the tennis community «lost a very special human being.» On Monday, Bollettieri was reported to have passed away at the age of 91.

Throughout his coaching career, Bollettieri was one of the most influential figures and one of the most beloved coaches in the world of tennis. Bollettieri coached the likes of Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Boris Becker, Jim Courier, Michael Chang, Tommy Haas, Maria Sharapova, Monica Seles, Anna Kournikova, and Jelena Jankovic.

Mouratoglou’s tribute to Bollettieri

«Nick you are a legend. You are a pioneer. You are a visionary. Thanks to you, I have dreamed of having my own Tennis Academy, helping the young generation to find themselves as adults, preparing them for life and making their dreams come true.» real.

For those who have had the opportunity to meet you, they can testify that you had a unique energy and a lot of power within you that you could transmit to all players. That made you a unique human being. I am very saddened by the loss of Nick Bollettieri.

The tennis family has lost someone very important today, someone who has grown our industry and opened opportunities for coaches and players. We will remember the special human being you were. We will all miss you,» Mouratoglou wrote on Instagram.

Mouratoglou, 52, is now considered one of the best coaches in tennis today.

After working with Serena Williams for a decade, Mouratoglou agreed to work with two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep. Since Halep ended her 2022 season prematurely, she gave Mouratoglou permission to work with Holger Rune until the end of the 2022 season.

The 19-year-old Rune certainly benefited a lot from working with Mouratoglou, as he made four straight finals during the indoor season. Rune’s biggest victory came in November, when he captured his first Masters title in Paris.

En route to winning the Paris Masters, Rune defeated five top 10 players, including Novak Djokovic in the final. In late October, Halep tested positive for a banned substance and it is unclear when he will be allowed to return to tennis.

In his statement, Mouratoglou said he fully supported Halep. In his own statement, Halep described it as «the most shocking news» of his life. In April, Halep signed Mouratoglou, noting that he did so because he wanted to win Grand Slams again.



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