Former tennis player Tommy Haas recently appeared on the 'Court-Side with Beilinson Tennis' podcast.
Haas, a former world No. 2, joins a long list of esteemed tennis players who were mentored by the legendary Nick Bollettieri, including Boris Becker, Maria Sharapova, Martina Hingis, Venus and Serena Williams, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Marcelo Rios, Kei Nishikori, and Anna Kournikova, among others.
Bollettieri revolutionized tennis education with his Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy (NBTA), which played a crucial role in shaping the careers of numerous tennis legends. Today, various academies, such as Chris Evert's, Rafael Nadal's, and Patrick Mouratoglou's, have become instrumental in nurturing the development of tennis players. Haas was asked if there is currently anyone comparable to Bollettieri.
"Not really, but not to say there aren't many coaches that are tennis fanatics and that would try to go in a direction like that," Haas responded.
"I always want to say Nick (Bollettieri) was one of a kind and we'll never see anybody like him. I think a lot of people would agree with that. There are so many iconic things that he was all about, like a trailblazer in many ways."
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Mouratoglou is precisely one of the coaches who has worked with many renowned tennis players in the last 20 years, including Stefanos Tsitsipas, Coco Gauff, Holger Rune, and Simona Halep. Moreover, he spent 10 years coaching Serena Williams, helping her secure 10 Grand Slam titles.
"If you want to compare someone to (Nick Bollettieri) even a little bit these days, maybe you could say Patrick Mouratoglou is sort of like the new Nick Bollettieri in some ways, as he has a lot of passion and has built this amazing tennis academy himself in the south of France," Haas opined.
"He welcomes everybody that wants to pursue their dreams. In that way, maybe he's the modern Nick Bollettieri, in some ways."
"I think Patrick would probably speak very highly of Nick and probably looked up to him in many ways as well and maybe looked at a few things that he did and tried to implement them into his life and tried (to replicate it) in his memory to the best that he can in the coaching world. I think he would probably be the closest thing to him right now," Haas concluded.