2022 French Open finalist Cori Gauff paid tribute to Nick Bollettieri, the coach she calls «one of the greatest» in tennis history. On December 4, Bollettieri passed away at the age of 91. During his amazing coaching career, Bollettieri worked with numerous talents who went on to become all-time greats.
In 1978, Bollettieri founded the Bollettieri Academy in Florida; the academy has since been renamed the IMG Academy. Bollettieri’s list included the likes of Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Maria Sharapova, Monica Seles, etc.
Gauff’s tribute to Bollettieri
«RIP to one of the game’s pioneers and one of the best coaches the game has ever seen. Thank you Mr. Nick Bollettieri,» Gauff wrote on Twitter.
RIP to one of the pioneers of the game and one of the best trainers the game has ever seen 🙏🏾 Thank you Mr.
Nick Bollettieri — Coco Gauff (@CocoGauff) December 5, 2022
Last month, it was reported that Bollettieri’s health was deteriorating. This Monday, IMG Academy announced that Bollettieri has passed away. “Anyone who has known 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.
He has had a permanent and lasting impact on all of us,» said Tim Pernetti, president of IMG Academy Bradenton. Jimmy Arias, an American tennis legend and someone who was once coached by Bollettieri, recognized the influence Bollettieri had on the game.
“Tennis wouldn’t be where it is today without Nick’s influence. His tennis academy, where I was privileged to grow up, not only served as a launching pad for many tennis greats, but has evolved into an institution that has had a profound impact on athlete development in many sports. at all levels,» said Arias. Said of Bollettieri.
Since the news of Bollettieri’s passing, many members of the tennis community have paid tribute to the legendary tennis coach.