From Publishers Weekly
The Bollettieri Tennis and Sports Academy in Bradenton, Fla., has produced world-class tennis players Andre Agassi, Monica Seles and Mary Pierce and, in the case of Boris Becker, revitalized the career of a former star. In this captivatingly gossipy autobiography written with Schaap (Instant Replay), Bollettieri tells how he became the world's best tennis coach (his assessment) and how he winged it as an expert until he actually became one. He reveals details of his dealings with the difficult adolescence of Agassi, the grasping family of Seles and the unpleasant father of Pierce. And Bollettieri does not attempt to gloss over his own failings, conceding that he may have pushed some very young players too hard too fast and that he should not have broken off his relationship with Agassi. A revealing book.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Bollettieri is arguably the best tennis coach in the world--and certainly the most controversial. He has guided the careers of many of the sport's best: Agassi, Becker, and Courier, among others. Coauthored by Schaap, one of sports journalism's most respected craftsmen, this few-holds-barred autobiography tells the story of a young man who made tennis his career because he thought it could make him rich. It did, eventually. The key to his success has been the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, a combination summer camp, boarding school, and boot camp in which talented young players prosper against the best competition. In recent years, Bollettieri has guided many of tennis' premier players, though his tenure with each of them has been short. He seems to be the tennis equivalent of baseball's late great Billy Martin--able to take off-course individuals and turn them into winners--but, like Martin, his act wears thin. Bollettieri peppers his tale with notes, quotes, and comments from both admirers and detractors; offers wonderful insights into many of tennis' top names; and often makes himself the butt of his own jokes. He's not the tennis devil as many contend nor is he an angel. Instead, he's one of those rare individuals who has managed to live life on his own terms, and with tennis continuing to grow in popularity, there are sure to be many fans eager to read about how he's done it. Wes Lukowsky