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Nick Bollettieri

Nicholas J. "Nick" Bollettieri

Nick Bollettieri is one of the most influential people in the world of tennis and a legend who has transcended the sport. In 1978, he founded the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy (NBTA) in Florida. The NBTA was the first full-time tennis boarding school to combine intense training on the court with a custom-designed academic curriculum. What was once a program of primarily on-court training has evolved into a multi-faceted approach which includes blending the technical and strategic on-court training with specialized performance physical training and mental conditioning. The Bollettieri approach not only builds athletes on the court, but more importantly, prepares them for a successful life off the court as well.

It was this proven method that Nick used to coach ten #1 players in the world – Agassi, Becker, Courier, Hingis, Jankovic, Rios, Seles, Sharapova and Venus and Serena Williams, as well as a multitude of other world-class players, including: Haas, Kournikova, Arias and Vaidisova, to name a few. The NBTA quickly became synonymous with tennis excellence and its coaches and students continue to reflect Nick’s passion for excellence and the game. In 1987, Nick expanded his vision when he joined forces with IMG to turn the Tennis Academy into a multi-sport training facility, now known as IMG Academies. Located on over 400 acres, the IMG Academies complex trains over 13,000 junior, collegiate, adult & professional athletes annually, including families and corporate groups, from over 75 countries annually. At 80 years old, Nick is still going strong, rising at 4:20 am every morning to get to the gym by 5:00 am. He starts coaching at 5:30 am, stopping only for a quick lunch before finishing his last lesson at 7:00 p.m. Nick teaches private lessons, as well as oversees the progress of numerous professional players, the Elite Juniors, and the general Academy groups. He also travels around the country and internationally on an annual basis conducting clinics, making appearances, and giving motivation speeches for all audiences.

Nick brings his own passionate style to everything he does and a message that cannot be ignored. He has always relied on his resilient and positive attitude and unique strengths to enable him to attain his current level of success. He is a strong advocate and role model for living a healthy lifestyle. Nick demands a lot out of himself, all those who work for him, and those who train with him. Nick is extremely zealous about giving back to the community and is especially inspired by programs that help children. He is currently involved in a number of great opportunities for children who may not be as fortunate as others. Nick has written numerous books on tennis, contributed to many television and video programs and is recognized for his promotion of the sport, especially among the youth. The Bollettieri name is recognized worldwide as a leader and innovator in the world of sports.


2012 Sarasota Sister cities- One World Award

2011 Tennis Industry Hall of Fame - Inductee

2011 Sixth Annual Dick Vitale Gala - Honoree

2010 Recipient of City Park’s Vitas Gerulaitis Award

2010 LTA Lifetime Contribution to Coaching Award

2010 Florida Gulf Coast Tennis Hall of Fame - Inductee

2009 Alabama Sports Hall of Fame - Inductee

2009 Recipient of Bob Larson Person of the Year Award

2008 NY College of Health Professions - Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters and Commencement Speaker

2007 USPTA Florida Division Hall of Fame - Inductee

2006 Manatee County Government – Bollettieri Boulevard Street Dedication

2005 Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association – Honorary Membership

2005 Tennis Magazine – List of 40 Greatest Moments of the Last 40 Years

2004 Florida Sports Hall of Fame - Inductee

2003 Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health - Spirit of Sports and Service Award Honoree

2003 Sarasota Italian Cultural Event – Cultural and Heritage Award

2002 American Cancer Society - Cartier Grand Slam Legend Award

2002 Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota County Hall of Fame - Inductee

2002 City of North Miami Beach – Dedication at the Judge Arthur Snyder Tennis Center

2002 Italian American Hall of Fame – Inductee

2000 Tennis Magazine – List of 50 Most Influential People In Tennis

1999 International Tennis Hall of Fame – Tennis Education Merit Award

1999 Sarasota Herald Tribune – One of the 20 most influential people in the Tampa Bay Area

1999 The Sporting Life – Listed in top 25 people who have influenced tennis in the past century

1999 United States Olympic Committee – National Coach of the Year for Tennis

1998 Manatee and Sarasota Counties – Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award

1998 Board of Child Care – National Symposium of Children and Poverty – Award for Devotion to Child Health

1996 United States Navy – Flight with Blue Angels

1994 Spring Hill College Hall of Fame - Inductee

1991 USPTA – Coach of the Year

1989 Sharp – Professional Coach of the Year

1987 USTA – Community Service Award

1983 USPTA – First Master Pro Group

1981 Florida Professional Tennis Association – Pro of the Year


07-12 Honorary Chair – Everglades Foundation Gala

06-12 Supporter – Dick Vitale Gala for Cancer Research (The V Foundation)

05-12 Supporter – Robin Hood Foundation

04-12 Founder – Camp Kaizen

04-12 Board Member – Inner City Tennis (ICT) Program

04-12 Member – USPTA Player Development Advisory Council

2003 Sponsor – Tennis with the Pros Event Benefiting Health Central Foundation

01-12 Supporter – Boys and Girls Clubs of Manatee County

01-12 Founder & Creator - Tennis in a Can

00-12 Member - USTA Advisory Committee USA Tennis Coaching Education Program

2000 Board Member – Sarasota Open

00-01 Founder – Fun for Kids Foundation

2000 Board Member – Panda Foundation Inc.

99-03 Board Member – Foundation for Dreams

1999 Honorary Co-Chair – USPTA Tennis Across America

1996 Honorary Chair – USPTA Tennis Across America

91-95 Board of Directors – Arthur Ashe Safe Passage Foundation

1987 Co-Founder – Ashe-Bollettieri ‘Cities’ Tennis Program (ABC)


Nick Bollettieri has coached every level of player throughout his career: professionals, juniors, college, and club players…. He is arguably the most successful coach in tennis history.

Nick has personally worked with:

Ten (10) Number One ATP/WTA Tour Players (Singles):

Andre Agassi

Boris Becker

Jim Courier

Martina Hingis

Jelena Jankovic

Marcelo Rios

Monica Seles

Maria Sharapova

Serena Williams

Venus Williams

Two Number One ATP/WTA Tour Players (Doubles):

Mark Knowles

Max Miryni

Ten Top Ten ATP/WTA Tour Players (Singles):

Jimmy Arias

Carling Bassett

Thomas Enqvist

Brad Gilbert

Brian Gottfried

Tommy Haas

Anna Kournikova

Mary Pierce

Mark Philippousis

Nicole Vaidisova

Five Top 20 ATP/WTA Tour Players (Singles)

Tatiana Golovin

Xavier Malisse

Max Mirnyi

Vince Spadea

David Wheaton

Pro Tour players who Nick has worked with on a personal basis or who have trained at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy:


Andre Agassi

Paul Annacone

Hicham Arazi

Jimmy Arias

Boris Becker

Jim Courier

Martin Damm

Mike DePalmer, Jr.

Slava Dosedel

Younes El Aynaoui

Thomas Enqvist

Brad Gilbert

Justin Gimblestob

Jordan Cox

Marc-Kevin Goellner

Brian Gottfried

Jim Grabb

Olivier Gross

Tommy Haas

Rodney Harmon

Chip Hooper

Yevgeny Kafelnikov

Mark Knowles

Petr Korda

Aaron Krickstein

Karol Kucera

Jesse Levine

David MacPherson

Xavier Malisse

Cecil Mammitt

Nicolas Massu

Paul-Henri Mathieu

Andrei Medvedev

Max Mirnyi

Francisco Montana

Andy Murray

Diego Nargiso

Kei Nishikori

Yannick Noah

Jiri Novak

Marcus Ondruska

Mark Philippoussis

David Rikl

Christian Ruud

Marcelo Rios

Marat Safin

Pete Sampras

Vince Spadea

Radek Stepanek

Cyril Suk

Jeff Tarango

Laurence Tieleman

Daniel Vacek

Glenn Weiner

David Wheaton


Nicole Arendt

Carling Bassett

Daniela Bedanova

Elena Bovina

Sandra Cacic

Pam Casale

Catalina Cristea

Erika deLone

Mariaan de Swardt

Ruxandra Dragomir

Mary Jo Fernandez

Andrea Glass

Tatiana Golovin

Julie Halard-Decugis

Daniela Hantuchova

Martina Hingis

Kathleen Horvath

Anke Huber

Jelena Jankovic

Sonya Jeyaseelan

Anna Kournikova

Michelle Larcher de Brito

Sabine Lisicki

Mirjana Lucic

Iva Majoli

Amelie Mauresmo

Rachel McQuillan

Karin Miller

Nadia Petrova

Terry Phelps

Mary Pierce

Rafaella Reggi

Brie Rippner

Chanda Rubin

Monica Seles

Maria Sharapova

Anne-Gaelle Sidot

Alexandra Stevenson

Helena Sukova

Andrea Temesvari

Nicole Vaidisova

Carolina Vis

Marlene Weingartner

Serena Williams

Venus Williams