Number one seeds hang on to their top billing at the prestigious Aegon Teen Tennis in Bolton. However, while Nikola Milojevic of Serbia barely had a hitch in his 6-1; 6-3 triumph over the Brit, Evan Hoyt (6), the all-American girl's final between Sachia Vickery and her best friend Vicky Duval (8) had more than a touch of drama.
Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy student, Kei Nishikori, is featured in Tennis Magazine
At 23 and an eight-year professional of the WTA tour, remarkably Jelena Jankovic could be said to be a veteran of the year-round grinding circus that is women’s professional tennis.
It seems, too, that finally she has become a lady in a hurry to fulfil the massive potential built on supreme athleticism and a rapier-like backhand. It was a potential that was first announced to the world in May 2001, when she ascended to the lonely peak of No.1 position, in the fiercely competitive environment of international junior tennis.
And it is now the case that Australia's highest ranked player, Lleyton Hewitt, is lower down the computer print-out than Japan's No 1.
That is half down to the fact Hewitt is at his lowest position for a decade, and also because of the rise and rise of Kei Nishikori, a 19-year-old from Shimane, a town close to Hiroshima, and a young player with plenty of talent in that racket-arm.
It is not going to be long before Nishikori, who was No 59 on last week's list, is a top-50 player.
Nick Bollettieri knows a lot about breakups. Seven divorces have given the famed tennis coach a good perspective.
Put all those divorces together and they don't add up to how grueling the past few weeks have been for the 77-year old patriarch of the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy.
My main message to Andy Murray ahead of the Australian Open: don't get ahead of yourself. If you take anything for granted, especially in a first week that can be dangerous as hell, you'll be out of there quicker than you can say Tsonga. Remember last year. And second, retain the utmost respect for Roger Federer; the best player ever, a genius who has claims at least equal to yours to be the favourite in Melbourne. Those are the key warnings before the first Grand Slam event in too many decades where a Briton – you – is starting as the favourite.
Nick Bollettieri is among those in the tennis world who is not at all surprised that Monica Seles will become the newest member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
When Seles was barely 13, Bolletteri took her and Andre Agassi to the Casey Key winter home of Louis Marx Jr. and announced that both players would one day become No. 1 in the world.
With another Grand Slam season just about to open along with the retractable roofs at Melbourne Park, here is one man's wish list for the tennis year to come:
BRADENTON — Trey Strobel doesn’t hesitate when naming the locales in which he has played tennis.
“Dallas. Arizona. San Antonio,” Strobel said. “I’ve also played in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. I’ve traveled all around.”
Just a few well-known places Strobel has displayed his ever-changing game over the past two years. The 14-year-old estimates he’s played in 40 cities during the past 24 months.
Those are the requirements when chasing a dream.
BRADENTON, January 15, 2009 —IMG Academy, a division of global sports and entertainment company, IMG announced today that Chip Brooks will oversee the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy (NBTA).