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Exclamation Bollettieri Suggests He May Work With Serena This Summer

Bollettieri Suggests He May Work With Serena This Summer

Photo By Art Seitz By Tennis Week
06/27/2006

Motivational master Nick Bollettieri coaches with such conviction he speaks like a man who believes he could talk a vampire into spending his spare time in a sun tanning salon. The perpetually-tan Pelham, N.Y. native took some time during today's dreary, drizzly opening day of play at Wimbledon to shed some light on his possible working relationship with former Wimbledon champion Serena Williams.

Bollettieri, who has hosted both Williams sisters at his IMG-owned Academy in Bradenton, Florida in the past, told Radio Wimbledon there is "some truth" to published reports he will work with Williams after she makes her scheduled return to tournament tennis at the Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open in Cincinnati next month.

Bollettieri, who has called Serena, "the most powerful athlete to ever play the game" in past interviews, suggested the pair could work together later in the summer leading into the U.S. Open.

"Something might happen at the end of the summer," Bollettieri told Radio Wimbledon. "Serena could have been, should have been, the best player in the world by a distance. I would love to sit in the players' box and see her lift this title again."

Today's lengthy rain delay that forced the grounds crew to keep the courts covered for much of the day provided Bollettieri the time to offer his opinions on players and issues in his interview with Radio Wimbledon, including:
  • Equal pay for women "God brought the men and ladies on this earth and basically speaking, men are built physically different from the ladies, however just because men play five sets and ladies play three sets doesn't mean they are working any harder. So I really think the ladies should receive equal (prize) money."
  • Andy Murray "Andy Murray's is a very complex situation. I believe Andy Murray is going to have to say 'I am the captain of my ship. I will listen, but eventually I will have to do what I want to do.' I believe Andy Murray could get more from Andre Agassi then all of us coaches put together and why? Because Andre Agassi was born and gifted with great hands and eyes and Andre Agassi went through some difficult times and actually played his best tennis when his divorce from Brooke Shields came about and he said 'I'm gonna think about me.' Everyone is talking about him, by gosh let's all back up and let him have some room if he has want it and he will fall and he'll get calllouses on his ass, but the great people in life have the courage to get up one more time when they fall."
  • Xavier Malisse "Off court, Xavier Malisse is one of the kindest sweetest people. On court, he's like a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Xavier Malisse is a unique young man; he has so much, but somewhere along the way no one has been able to get into his mind. He runs beautifully, has a big forehand, he's good at net ...at times in life we never find answer to what makes a person great. At this time, perhaps the clock is beginning to wind down a bit. Maybe it went by him, but he is an awfully nice young man."
  • Kim Clijsters "Lindsay Davenport has been retiring for the last three years; if Kim is going to retire then retire, if she's not going to retire then don't talk about it. Come out with an emphatic statement and say 'This is my last Wimbledon and this is my last U.S. Open and be done with it."


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So he'd be helping her after her return @ Cinci? I thought she was already going there. Meh whatever as long as she comes back in better form and shape.

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They need to utilize more coaches. This is great news!

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Kim Clijsters "Lindsay Davenport has been retiring for the last three years; if Kim is going to retire then retire, if she's not going to retire then don't talk about it. Come out with an emphatic statement and say 'This is my last Wimbledon and this is my last U.S. Open and be done with it."

Sounds like Kim's cute girl next door image has dried up among the commentators and important names of tennis.
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Good coach, bad man.
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Well, I guess Vee didn't lie when she said Serena wasn't there when everyone was saying she was.
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May be a good move if she listens.
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May be a good move if she listens.
Why would she not?
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Wait a minute...if Serena isn't at Bollettieri's, that means...oh, no.

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Wait a minute...if Serena isn't at Bollettieri's, that means...oh, no.
...that she's at burger king
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I don't understand what he is saying about Kim. As far as I was aware she has stated she will retire at the end of 2007, so every GS next year will be her last at that event.
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...that she's at burger king
And, thanks for opening the flood gates for the haters Darrin.
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Bollitieri is vastly overrated as a coach. Serena and Richard knows what she needs to do to back in shape. If she is physically capable and has the desire, Serena will be in shape soon.
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Well, I guess Vee didn't lie when she said Serena wasn't there when everyone was saying she was.
Hmm. No, it was confirmed that Serena was indeed training in Florida with Nick for a week or two. I think it just got blown up out of proportion and people were thinking she was going to be staying down there for a lengthy amount of time. If anything, I think Serena was testing the waters temporarily.

As for Nick being in her box, I think it could lead to good things. He's helped her in the past, and while I know her parents are great coaches and people, sometimes it DOES help to hear instructions come from someone that doesn't have your blood running through you. My guess is that she'll work with Nick off and on, but keep her parents as her full-time coaches.

So long as she's able to come back and play some competitive stuff, I really don't care who's coaching her.


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