Former eight-time Grand Slam champion Andre Agassi called Nick Bollettieri on Thanksgiving to offer his prayers and support, an act that moved the legendary tennis coach to tears. Bollettieri, who turned 91 this year, isn't doing really well with his health.
Agassi, who worked with Bollettieri between 1983 and 1993, found some time to show his former coach that he still cares about him. "My Thanksgiving was made as I learned that my buddy @NickBollettieri, tennis guru who needs all our prayers was moved to tears as he had a warm caring phone call from one of his all time fav talents Andre Agassi today," ESPN analyst Dick Vitale wrote on Twitter.
My Thanksgiving was made as I learned that my buddy @NickBollettieri tennis guru who needs all our ðððwas moved to tears as he had a warm caring phone call from one of his all time fav talents Andre Agassi today .
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) November 24, 2022
Guiding Agassi to a Wimbledon title meant so much to Bollettieri
Agassi became a Grand Slam champion at the most iconic tennis tournament when he defeated Goran Ivanisevic in a five-set 1992 Wimbledon final.
During an interview with Tennis365, Bollettieri mentioned that moment as something "very special." "I don’t know if I ever stood still for long enough in my life to look back and think about what I achieved with my players.
It was always a case of win one tournament, go to the next. There was no time to reflect. That is not how I work, but Andre Agassi winning Wimbledon was pretty special," Bollettieri told Tennis365 last year. When Agassi was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame, he said that he would never become what he did if there wasn't for Bollettieri.
"Tennis can bring a lot of good to the world. I look at what Andre has done with his Academies, and he has done a great job. He was great to work with and when he was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame, Andre said in the interview that if it wasn’t for Nick Bollettieri, I wouldn’t be where I was today. That meant a lot to me," Bollettieri said.