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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 Academy. Located on over 500 acres, the IMG Academy complex trains over 13,000 junior, collegiate, adult & professional athletes annually, including families and corporate groups, from over 75 countries annually.
At 83 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.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS:
Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in July 2014; 2013 nducted into the USPTA Hall of Fame in September 2013; 2013 Keynote Speaker for the first ever Italian Coaches Symposium at the Italian Open; 2012 ITF Lifetime Achievement Award; 2012 Sarasota Sister Cities- One World Award recipient; 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; NY College of Health Professions – Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters and Commencement Speaker; 2007 USPTA Florida Division Hall of Fame – Inductee; Manatee County Government – Bollettieri Boulevard Street Dedication; Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association – Honorary Membership; Tennis Magazine – List of 40 Greatest Moments of the Last 40 Years; 2004 Florida Sports Hall of Fame – Inductee; Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health – Spirit of Sports and Service Award Honoree; Sarasota Italian Cultural Event – Cultural and Heritage Award; American Cancer Society – Cartier Grand Slam Legend Awar; 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; Italian American Hall of Fame – Inductee; Tennis Magazine – List of 50 Most Influential People In Tennis; 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; The Sporting Life – Listed in top 25 people who have influenced tennis in the past century; United States Olympic Committee – National Coach of the Year for Tennis; Manatee and Sarasota Counties – Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award; 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; USPTA – Coach of the Year; Sharp – Professional Coach of the Year; USTA – Community Service Award; 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; Honorary Co-Chair – USPTA Tennis Across America; Honorary Chair – USPTA Tennis Across America; 91-95 Board of Directors – Arthur Ashe Safe Passage Foundation; Co-Founder – Ashe-Bollettieri ‘Cities’ Tennis Program (ABC)
2006 – Current – Camp Kaizen
As a pioneer in fitness, Nick is working closely with his wife, Cindi, to help combat the growing epidemic of childhood obesity. Concerned with the physical and psychological risks associated with this condition, Nick and Cindi founded Camp Kaizen which is located in beautiful and tranquil East Burke, Vermont. Camp Kaizen is a fitness camp for overweigh girls between the ages of 9 and 14. The focus of Camp Kaizen is the development of the four ‘C’s’ – Character, Courage, Confidence, and Commitment.
Through the Camp Kaizen Scholarship Fund and the generosity of many of Nick and Cindi’s close friends, full financial scholarships are available to girls who otherwise would not be able to attend. Nick and Cindi wish to make a positive and long-lasting impact on the youth of America.
2004 – Current – Inner City Tennis
Nick sits on the Board of Directors and acts as both a fundraiser and a spokesperson for the Inner City Tennis (ICT) Program in Twin Cities, Minnesota. ICT uses the fun and challenge of tennis and other sports to help inner-city youth build self-esteem, as well as, character, competence, and commitment for personal and community involvement. The ICT curriculum focuses on – responsibility, respect, teamwork, enthusiasm, integrity, perseverance and service. ICT works to build self-esteem, character and life skills in all the young people that participate. Nick is proud of his association with this inspiring program.
2000 – Current – Tennis-In-A-Can
In 2000, Nick developed the Tennis-In-A-Can Youth and High School Program, a comprehensive tennis wellness program with an innovative curriculum that can be implemented in any school or recreational program regardless of access to a tennis facility. This national outreach program is designed to expose children of all ages, backgrounds and ability levels to tennis and physical activity. To date, Tennis-In-A-Can programs have been sent to almost 1,200 schools across the United States through the generous donations of sponsors.
1987 – 1993 – Ashe-Bollettieri Cities Program
In 1987, Nick and Arthur Ashe co-founded the Ashe-Bollettieri Cities’ Tennis Program (ABC). Together they provided tennis lessons, academic tutoring, health education and collegiate financial aid to 15,000 inner city youth until Ashe’s untimely and most unfortunate death in 1993.
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 (2) Number One ATP/WTA Tour Players (Doubles): Mark Knowles; Max Miryni