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Nick’s Notes: What Bollettieri learned from coaching Andre Agassi
In the fifth of a five-part series, gain insight into what the late tennis coach learned from working with some of the sport’s greatest champions.
Published Dec 23, 2022
WATCH: Remember the life and legacy of Nick Bollettieri, one of the sport's greatest coaches and pioneer of tennis academies, after opening Bollettieri Tennis Academy in 1978.
In memory of Nick Bollettieri, TENNIS.com proudly presents “Nick’s Notes,” an exclusive look at tips, tricks, and takes written by one of the greatest coaches of the modern era.
First up: Nick’s observations from coaching former world No. 1 Andre Agassi:
Sometimes God is over-generous. He can give you the eyes, hands, and feet that are not given very often. I’ve learned from Andre Agassi to not take these gifts for granted.
As a coach for Agassi, I have learned that a character like his can have a truly different work ethic. It can even be considered “bad” at times, and I mean bad. At times, I would stop and close my eyes to his unique dress code and eating habits.
Andre was always up and down, but I learned that’s how it is with an athlete like him. The barometer will always have fluctuations.
When all is said and done, Andre has taught me to:
1) Be a better listener
2) Understand what is beneath the surface, not just surface-level traits
3) Accept off-the-wall dress codes and be ready for any unknown factors!
Ultimately, I am guilty of not prosecuting Andre Agassi. However, I thank God for my decision because I stand by not only what he did for tennis, but also what he has done with his foundation. He wants to make sure all children in need receive an education and hopes they can be special. Oh yes!
Agassi also taught me that teamwork is always a plus, especially while he had Gil Reyes by his side. He was Andre’s physical trainer as well as the man that kept calmness for the entire team—And Gil is still at his side!