In the end he did not make it: Nick Bollettieri died on December 4, 2022, after in recent weeks there had been rumors about his deteriorating health. The famous American trainer has had several physical problems in the last two years, but at the same time, as confirmed by former tennis player Jimmy Arias, in a photo of them together, Bollettieri refused to go to the doctor, also for fear of needles. . .
During his career, Bollettieri opened a well-known tennis academy and helped launch legends of the sport such as André Agassi, Jim Courier, Monica Seles, Serena and Venus Williams, and Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova.
A man destined to make history in tennis. The Tennis World USA staff joins in the condolences that the sports world offers to the legendary Nick Bolletieri.
Nick Bollettieri’s career
The son of Italian-American immigrants, Nick graduated with a degree in philosophy in 1953 and later served in the United States Army.
He studied law at the University of Miami but dropped out in 1956 to start teaching tennis at the prestigious Wayland Academy. His early students included Sheryl Smith and Brian Gottfried. Bollettieri became director of tennis operations at the Dorado Beach Hotel in Puerto Rico in the early 1970s, owned by the Rockefeller family.
During these years, Nick’s main assistant is Julio Moros, who will follow Nick to Florida when he decides to found his own academy. In 1977, Bollettieri left Puerto Rico and settled in Longboat Key, Florida, teaching tennis at the Colony Beach and Tennis Resort.
After working for various structures, in 1978 he opened his own tennis academy in Bradenton, Florida, in an area of 40 acres. In 1987 the International Management Group took over the academy, however they left it to Nick to run it.
The first tennis player trained by Bollettieri to reach the top of the ATP ranking is the American champion Jim Courier; Bollettieri in 1993 became the coach of Boris Becker, who had already reached the top of the ATP ranking on January 28, 1991.
The first to reach the top of the WTA ranking is the very young Monica Seles a few weeks after Becker, on March 11, 1991. On May 18, 2008, she received an honorary doctorate from the New York College of Health Professions for her commitment to the world of sport, fitness and well-being in general. She is also a contributor to Tennis Magazine and wrote her autobiography titled My Aces, My Faults.