This weekend Nick will be traveling to Indian Wells to receive the Bob Larson Tennis News Person of the Year for 2008. The award, known as the Bellamy, after Steve Bellamy, who created the Tennis Channel will be presented by Bob Larson and Bellamy this Sunday on Stadium Court. Previous winners of the award are Steve Bellamy, Peter Burwash, and Arlen Kantarian. The award is an Elsa Peretti-designed bowl from Tiffany's and is Nick is thrilled to be receiving it!
Bollettieri is being honored for creating an industry; the tennis boarding academy and being successful in developing tennis players. Over the years thousands of students have gone to Bradenton, Florida to acquire the knowledge and some of the passion of Nick Bollettieri, founder of the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy. They include youngsters who went on to acquire college scholarships up to number one players in the world, including Andre Agassi, Boris Becker, Jim Courier, Martina Hingis, Jelena Jankovic, Marcello Rios, Monica Seles, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams and Venus Williams.