Iconic coach Nick Bollettieri is dead.
Nick Bollettieri passed away on Sunday. This was reported by US media on Monday. Former Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki said goodbye to her former teacher via Twitter: “Thank you Nick! You have given so many children a place to live their dreams. You supported her with your knowledge and belief that anything is possible. You shaped the game of tennis. You are greatly missed. Rest in peace, Nick.”
Bollettieri, who was married eight times, worked in his academy in Bradenton/Florida until old age, where he formed numerous stars. His protégés included Andre Agassi, Monica Seles, Maria Sharapova, Jim Courier and Anna Kurnikowa. At times, Boris Becker and Tommy Haas also relied on the expertise of Bollettieri, who was born Nicholas James Bollettieri on July 31, 1931 in Pelham/New York.
Bollettieri earned a reputation as a motivator and hard worker, shaping ten eventual world number ones in all. (AFP)