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#AskNick: Weaknesses Are No Longer Permitted

I have been a teacher of tennis for almost 60 years. Needless to say, the game has evolved in many ways:

a. Techniques
b. Physical training
c. The Mental Game
d. Equipment

Each of the above have evolved to such an extent that deficiencies in any category can lead to disappointment and loss. As I look back to the progression of the game, I think about all the students I have work with, Including:

a. Beginners
b. Intermediate
c. High Level
d. College
e. Professional
f. And 10 #1 players of the world.

There was a time when you could hide, or protect, a weakness, but today that strategy will not produce positive results. It is very important that teaching pros, especially those that work with beginners, make sure that they work on all aspects of the game – especially technique versus early tournament results. Sure, your students might win at an early age, but please look to the future and make sure that they have a well-rounded game. And understand that Rafael Nadal is number one in the world because he has no weaknesses in either his technique, his physical or mental conditioning.

The IMG-Bollettieri Tennis Programs are very determined to prepare each student to perform at their highest level of play.

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About Nick Bollettieri

In 1978 Bollettieri founded the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, now known as IMG Academy, the first full-time tennis boarding school. He has coached 10 World No. 1 players including Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Venus and Serena Williams, Boris Becker and Maria Sharapova. Along with his success as a coach, he has received countless honors, among them induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, United States Olympic Committee National Coach of the Year award and the ITF Lifetime Achievement Award. Bollettieri is widely considered to be one of the most influential people in the sport’s history.

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