BRADENTON, March 9th, 2009 —IMG Academy, a division of global sports and entertainment company, IMG, announced today that they have entered into a relationship with tennis coach Brad Gilbert to be a guest coach.
IMG Academy is the world’s largest, most successful multi-sport, training and education academy. Gilbert is adding to the ranks of the leadership that is led by famed tennis coach, Nick Bollettieri. Gilbert has worked with the likes of Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Andy Murray, and the British Lawn Tennis Association in his outstanding coaching career. He is also a former student of the NBTA, and as a player he reached a career high of #4 in the world.
“Brad brings a lifetime of tennis knowledge to the Academy and will make an incredible impact on all of our tennis students. His ability to coach is second-to-none, and when you combine that with his incredible energy, you have the complete package” said Nick Bollettieri.
Gilbert, who tends to work with the top pros, will work will all of the students at the NBTA, thus giving them a unique opportunity to learn from a man, like Nick, that has worked with many of the world’s best.
“I am really looking forward to the opportunity to go down to the Academy and start spending time with Nick and his staff. Nick has been an innovator in the industry for the last 30 years, and has many more great years ahead of him. It is truly an honor to get a chance to work with him,” Gilbert explained.
“We want to give more to every student, no matter their level of play. What Brad brings is a formula of how to fight, how to dig in and make the maximum out of what you’ve got. He’s going to bring how to win . . . how to get into people’s minds . . . how to play with what you’ve got. I assure you Brad has always been a favorite of mine because of how he knew how to fight and win. Right now we’ll start with two weeks and see how it goes. But when we need Brad here, he’ll be here,” shared Bollettieri.
Gilbert will make his first appearance at the NBTA in April, future visits will be announced.
About IMG Sports & Entertainment
Operating in 30 countries, IMG Sports & Entertainment's diverse businesses include: product and brand licensing; consulting services; event ownership and management; fashion events and models representation; golf course design; and client representation in golf, tennis, broadcasting, speakers, European football, rugby, cricket, motor sports, coaching, Olympic and action sports. IMG Academy are the world's largest, multi-sport training and educational facilities, delivering world-class training experiences to more than 12,000 junior, collegiate, adult, and professional athletes each year. For more information about IMG visit www.imgworld.com
About IMG Academy
IMG Academy, a division of IMG, is the world’s largest and most successful multi-sport, training and education academy and cap business. Spread out over 300 acres in Bradenton, Florida, the IMG Academy complex encompasses the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, the IMG Academy baseball program, Basketball, Soccer and Swimming Academies, Athletic & Personal Development program, The IMG Academy School, University of Miami an array of amenities aimed building champions in sport and life. For more information about IMG Academy visit www.imgacademy.com.
About Brad Gilbert
Brad Gilbert has worked with players such as Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, and Andy Murray in his incredible coaching career. He worked with Agassi for six years, during which Agassi won six Grand Slam titles, 29 tournament titles, and an Olympic Gold. Brad is widely recognized for his expertise in match strategy and his in-depth knowledge of the game of tennis. As one of the world’s most successful coaches he continues to work with rising stars and touring pros at his home in San Rafael. Brad’s best-selling book, “Winning Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis,” co-authored with Steve Jamison is in print in numerous countries. It continues to be one of the best-selling tennis books of all time. For more information about Brad Gilbert visit www.bradgilberttennis.com.