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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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That's interesting. Hopefully he gets her fit for her comeback. Good luck to Serena in the hard court season.
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I wish he'd shut up about sh*t, so that Serena will continue to want to work with him. Why does he put all her business out there?

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Good luck Serena!
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Um, I've been away for a few weeks. Last I heard Serena was going to Bolliteiri for training back then, a few weeks ago. That was incorrect???

I saw her picture taken at a party in NYC during the time she was supposed to be in training at Bolliteiri. Was surprised if she was really in training that she was leaving for parties in NYC.

Now it's not true that she was training there back in June?

I know she is playing Cincinnati in a few weeks.......... at least the tournament is expecting her.
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If Nick joined her team, even temporarily, she would NO QUESTION win every tournament she entered. With his brains and her power and experience, the FEAR would definately be back. Nick can scout better than anyone else in the biz, and Serena's got the killer instinct. She just needs to be healthy.

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Serena should steer clear from Nick Bollettieri... I think she'd be more successful with Graf's old coach (who worked shortly with Capriati in 2004) -- can't remember his name.
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I personally think she would be best matched with Brad Gilbert.

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Serena should steer clear from Nick Bollettieri... I think she'd be more successful with Graf's old coach (who worked shortly with Capriati in 2004) -- can't remember his name.
Heinz Gunthardt?
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Imagine coaching Graf- wow!

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I personally think she would be best matched with Brad Gilbert.
ive heard brad gilbert talks more to the players about how they should play, more than let them practise

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It could work out, but first he has to force her to get rid of some weight...

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I don't like how he publishes this information about him possibly working with Serena/
It makes him look like a cheap attention craver.
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I don't like how he publishes this information about him possibly working with Serena/
It makes him look like a cheap attention craver.
Yeah, more like wishful thinking on his part. To me, he seems so desparate to want to work with Serena, sending her open letters and all. If it was true that Serena was already working with him weeks ago, as was reported, he would have definitely mentioned it in the above article.

If Serena works with him just for one day, and she comes back and starts winning some mactches, he would no doubt take all the credit and inflating his ego even more so than it already is.
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Yeah, more like wishful thinking on his part. To me, he seems so desparate to want to work with Serena, sending her open letters and all. If it was true that Serena was already working with him weeks ago, as was reported, he would have definitely mentioned it in the above article.

If Serena works with him just for one day, and she comes back and starts winning some mactches, he would no doubt take all the credit and inflating his ego even more so than it already is.
Yep, and I don't think Serena even wants to work with him after that 'open letter' that was just stupid. Maybe if he didn't she would have. I think that Serena can and will come back strong if she becomes and stays injury free.
Especially her left knee has been bothering her too much. I miss her at this Wimbledon.
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