Nick Bollettieri - Changing the Game
CONDITION Brand New2
SIZE 160 x 235 x 30 mm approx
POSTAL WEIGHT 0.75 kilograms
Review by David Nuttall
Considered by many to be one of the best tennis coaches of all time, he helped shape the careers of Andre Agassi, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Jim Courier, Monica Seles, Anna Kournikova and other champions. In his usual forthright style, he recounts six decades of a fascinating life, discussing his ten No 1 singles players, eight wives, seven children and all the successes and setbacks in between. Many characters of the tennis world have extolled his use of motivational techniques, enabling his charges to scale the heights of their tennis careers.
He emerges as an irrepressible, energetic and caring man who has devoted his life to developing tennis champions on and off the court. Interestingly, he dedicated his book to two U.S. tennis players that “Changed the Game” across the planet – Arthur Ashe and Billie Jean King – reckoning that the former could have become President; the latter who fought for women’s rights, recognizing the pair to be “Champions of Humanity”.
He is still very inspirational to us all, rising at 5:45 am at the age of 82 to do sit-ups and stretching exercises! Despite all his success and fame, he emerges as a very caring individual, financing, setting up and running tennis coaching and sports institutions for various sections of society including obese teenage girls and under-privileged inner-city youths.
The book is of interest to a wider audience than just tennis players/fans and sports enthusiasts since it is a moving account of an individual who, rising from humble beginnings to one who has helped many thousands of people – on and off court. I would rate the book 9/10 – on human interest alone.
CHANGING THE GAME by Nick Bollettieri with Bob Davis (New Chapter Publishers, USA, 319 pages, hardback with dustjacket)