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"The best coaches are those who combine creative instruction with electric motivation. A coach must have the ability to teach basic facts and skills, as well as the capacity to inspire athletes to perform at their very best. This is what separates Nick Bollettieri from others. His passion for tennis is infectious. His determination to produce a champion's best is well documented."Dick Enberg, CBS Sports announcer "As usual, Nick has shown his comprehensive knowledge of tennis and the industry in Bollettieri's Tennis Handbook. If anyone has seen it all and done it alland has a right to say it allit's my friend and respected colleague, Nick Bollettieri."Tim Heckler, CEO of the USPTA "Nick has successfully coached male and female beginners, intermediates, wanna-be pros, great champions, and other tennis instructors. There's nothing left...get the book."Vic Braden, author and tennis professional "Nick is not just a coach, he's also a friend and someone you can talk to. As a coach he really knows what to tell a player so that the player will be able to take the next step to be on the top. Nick has personally helped me realize that I need the small things more than the large things."Serena Williams, professional tennis player

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”The best coaches are those who combine creative instruction with electric motivation. A coach must have the ability to teach basic facts and skills, as well as the capacity to inspire athletes to perform at their very best. This is what separates Nick Bollettieri from others. His passion for tennis is infectious. His determination to produce a champion's best is well documented.”
Dick Enberg, CBS Sports announcer

”As usual, Nick has shown his comprehensive knowledge of tennis and the industry in Bollettieri's Tennis Handbook. If anyone has seen it all and done it all—and has a right to say it all—it's my friend and respected colleague, Nick Bollettieri.”
Tim Heckler, CEO of the USPTA

”Nick has successfully coached male and female beginners, intermediates, wanna-be pros, great champions, and other tennis instructors. There's nothing left...get the book.”
Vic Braden, author and tennis professional

”Nick is not just a coach, he's also a friend and someone you can talk to. As a coach he really knows what to tell a player so that the player will be able to take the next step to be on the top. Nick has personally helped me realize that I need the small things more than the large things.”
Serena Williams, professional tennis player

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 5th edition (July 31, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736040366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736040365
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

In 1978, he began the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy. The concept was to have an academy that would educate students within a dual environment of intense tennis training and a specially designed academic program. Nick's vision revolutionized the way that tennis was taught. His philosophy is so successful, he has personally coached nine #1 ranked players in the world - Agassi, Becker, Courier, Hingis, Rios, Seles, Venus Williams, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.
*Inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame (2004).
*Honored with the prestigious Sports and Service Award by the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health (2003).
*Inducted into the Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (2002).
*Ranked 16th on Tennis Magazine's List of the 50 Most Influential People in Tennis (2000).
*Ranked 19th on The Sporting Life's List of the 25 People Who Have Influenced Tennis in the Past Century (2000).
*Named National Coach of the Year for Tennis by the United States Olympic Committee (1999).
*Awarded the Tennis Educational Merit Award by the International Tennis Hall of Fame (1999).
Bollettieri continues to be a highly sought after speaker around the world. He regularly attends each of the Grand Slam events as well as other high profile tournaments in the US, and in addition to his speaking engagements, offers clinics. Bollettieri will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in July of 2014.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Wheatley on August 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a long book but not very well organized. The first part deals with the bolettieri academy. It reads like promotional literature, from which it was probably taken. Next is grips. The grips recommended in this section differ from grips recommended when he discusses specific strokes (whats up with that?). Next come specific strokes. If you can imagine, there is not a single picture in the any of the chapters on serve, backhand, forehand, volley and specialty shots. Let me repeat, not a single picture! Nick references his video series, which would be absolutely mandatory viewing to make sense of the confusing text. A short drill section and some tips on buying and stringing racquets follows. A long section on the mental approach to tennis concludes the book. This book should have been exceptional given the authors experience and success but unfortunately, as a stand alone without the videos, it leaves something to be desired. At the very least, this book is of almost no value for beginners. I would recommend Tennis 2000 by Vic Braden as a much better and clearer choice. For advanced players interested in stroke production, the videos may be a better investment, though I have not seen them. At least this book is not too expensive, but it is hard to say much beyond that in the way of praise.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 4, 2001
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For any tennis players who want to learn any stroke, DO NOT buy this book. It is a total waste of money for me. Like the previous reviwer said there is no picture for the stroke production section at all. I BOUGHT his videos which are sketchy in many parts. I bought this book to clarify things on the tapes. I tell you there is nothing in this book that can help me understanding the videos better.
I want to make it clear: his videos are not best made but have some good points in some tapes (Killer Forehand for one but I hate the distastful humor in it). So stay away from this book, it is a total waste of money.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 2002
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This is a good book to go along with Bollettieri's video series. It is a book that you can carry along with you to help remind you of areas that you need to work on. However, this is not a book to teach a beginner the game of tennis. This book is for the intermediate to advanced player and them the best techniques on training and strokes. If you are a total visual person, then the book isn't for you. If you can understand the concepts and have a good base to start with, then this book, along with the video series and be and excellent source for help. My favorite areas would be the Killer Forehand, Boll-istic Backhand and the Sonic Serve. If you follow the instruction in these 3 sections, I promise you that you will notice a big difference in your game.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jink on March 18, 2007
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I'm a 3.5 NTRP player who watches a lot of tennis. This is not for beginners. It will not teach you how to play tennis, but it will tell you what to watch for. It's like a cliff's notes of the most important things of all aspects in tennis, and in this respect I find it invaluable. The perspective of the book is geared more toward coaches rather than players, and I can imagine parent-coaches finding this very useful. Read the whole thing, not parts, because it's not organized too well, and there are good tidbits scattered throughout. If you're not sure, click the Amazon link to "look inside" the book, and click "surprise me" to see random parts throughout the book...i think if you clicked it enough you could finish most of the book before you buy it =)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Onidraug on March 29, 2012
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First, Bollettieri's Tennis Handbook is not an easy-to-read, abundantly illustrated beginner's tennis guide. A beginner can still benefit from it (Chapter 2: Stroke Fundamentals), but be prepared to spend some time with your racquet in hand trying out the different grips and getting comfortable with the ideas.

For tennis players looking to improve their game, whether for recreation or competition, Bolletieri's Tennis Handbook is a 400 page manual on the sport as defined by one of its most esteemed coaches.

Bolletieri covers everything from basic grips, advanced stroke technique (for forehand, backhand, serve, return, drops, lobs and net play), theories on player development (peaking for competition, etc.), doubles play, strategy and tactics, physical conditioning, mental training and even equipment.

Though there are many photographs, charts and other visual aids, Bolletteri's Tennis Handbook is primarily text and most of the concepts require the reader to create mental pictures. If this isn't your style of learning, it may be difficult to gain from this book. Even advanced players might have to double back to fully grasp some of the material.

All that said, this is surely a book to accompany the Bolletieri series of tennis instructional videos The Nick Bollettieri DVD Collection: Complete 10xDVD set collects the Stroke Instruction Series and the Game Development Series. The DVDs provide live demonstration of all of the concepts covered in Bolletieri's Tennis Handbook.

Still, Bolletieri's Tennis Handbook is an excellent reference for any player to have around.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eric Butler on May 21, 2014
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Excellent book, provide tons of information to help my students achieve great success. This is a must read for anyone that coaches tennis.
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