Nick Bollettieri Enters the International Tennis Hall of Fame

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Thoughts on Nick Bollettieri

Nick Bollettieri’s impact on tennis is manifold.  Tennis fans obviously know the linear story of Jimmy Arias and Aaron Krickstein emerging as the early stereotype of a Bollettieri player with a big topspin forehand and perhaps a more limited serve, backhand and net game. Krickstein’s injuries undercut his career as he did round out his game over time. Andre Agassi became the breakout star that catapulted Bollettieri’s status in the sport.  Of course, other players were in his stable such as Paul Annacone.  In 1989, Bollettieri Academy product Jim Courier upset Andre Agassi at the French Open.  Bollettieri coached Monica Seles emerged at the 1989 French Open as well.  By 1990, Nick Bollettieri was the top producer of tennis players.  He also had some drama as Courier left his charge shortly after the 1989 French Open. Monica Seles and her family denied his influence and role…

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