Legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri, founder of the Bollettieri Tennis program at IMG Academy, has had a hand in the development of 10 World No. 1 tennis players. In recognition of his impact on the game, Bollettieri became only the fifth person to be inducted into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame, announced in September. Today, longtime IMG Academy sponsor Prince Global Sports, LLC, honored Bollettieri for his induction into the Hall of Fame by presenting him with a specially crafted custom silver racquet.
“This means an awful lot to me, because it means an awful lot to IMG Academy,” said Bollettieri on being honored by Prince. “This place stands for development – working with children and adults, and making sure they’re ready, not only to play the game of tennis, but also to prepare for life. For Prince to honor me with this, I’m highly complimented. I’ve been with them since the late 70s, and I couldn’t ask for a better gift.”