Nick Marie Bollettieri

Born:
July 31, 1931
Place of Birth:
Pelham, New York
United States
Citizenship:
United States
Induction Category:
Contributor
Year of Induction:
2014

A soaring optimist with the clearest of convictions and an unwaveringly sunny disposition, Nick Bollettieri has altered the field of tennis coaching comprehensively and has set the gold standard in his profession. Bollettieri has an unparalleled record of discovering and developing tennis champions. He coached 10 world No. 1 players including Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Monica Seles, the Williams sisters, and Maria Sharapova. In 1978, he founded the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, the first tennis boarding school that integrated athletic training with academics, now known as IMG Academy. In addition to training elite professionals, Bollettieri has utilized tennis to create opportunities, including training collegiate athletes and developing youth tennis programs in underserved communities.

Contributions

  • Coached ten players who reached No. 1 world ranking
  • Coach of Hall of Famers: Andre Agassi, Monica Seles, Boris Becker, and Jim Courier
  • Founder of Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy (now IMG Academy) - 1978