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Nick Bollettieri
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Tennis Player
    (July 31, 1931- )
    Born in Pelham, New York
    Founded the Nick Bolletieri Tennis Academy in Bredenton, Florida (1978)
    Coached Andre Agassi, Boris Becker, Jim Courier, Tommy Haas, Martina Hingis, Jelena Jankovic, Mary Pierce, Monica Seles, Maria Sharapova and Serena and Venus Williams
    Wrote the autobiography 'My Aces, My Faults' (1996)
    He dropped out of law school to become a tennis coach.
    He became a tennis coach despite never having played at a competitive level.
    He would frequently hitch hike to the tennis academy so sand from the parking lot would not get on his cars.
    One of his favorite punishments for students who goofed off or did not pay attention was to make them run on the beach, then deny them water.
    He blatantly flouts the ban on coaching from the stands and admitted, 'Over the years, I've probably broken more rules than anyone else.'
    He had acrimonious break-ups with Agassi, Seles and Becker.
    He has been married eight times.
    He calls himself 'the Michelangelo of tennis.'
    He is a former army paratrooper.
    When he dropped out of law school, he told his father, 'I may not know my ass from my elbow as far as tennis is concerned, but I'm going to be the best damn coach the world has ever known.'
    Ten of the players he coached were ranked #1 in the world.
    His tennis academy changed the way the game was taught at the top level and was called by the New York Times 'the mothership of all academies.'
    He teamed with Arthur Ashe to create a program to teach tennis in the inner cities.
    Tracy Austin said, 'Nick understands how to instill confidence, how to make people believe in themselves.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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