Founded in 1978, Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy has been serving as the gathering point for some of the most talented players in the last 40 years, including Andre Agassi, Monica Seles, Jim Courier, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Kei Nishikori and many others. Some of the most promising juniors are currently working at the IMG Academy, at the state of art facilities and with best possible coaches who are there to develop their game into the right direction and prepare them for the challenging tasks of the professional tennis.
Jimmy Arias was one of the first players who had a chance to work with Nick as one of the most promising players of his generation, winning the match at the US Open just after turning 16 and entering the Top 10 before turning 19. Despite winning four titles as a teenager in 1983, Arias couldn't stay on the winning path in the rest of his career, staying on just five ATP titles and never revealing his full potential despite the fact he was the US Open semi-finalist at the age of 19! Sidelined with injuries, Jimmy played only a few tournaments after 1994, retiring after Washington 1998 and embracing new roles in tennis as a commentator and an assistant coach at the University of South Florida.
Now, the 54-year-old will have a chance to complete the circle, returning to the IMG Academy as the new Director of Player Development, being in charge of the technical instruction and program delivery for both the Academy students and professional trainees.
“This is where I came as a teenager to develop my game, and it’s exciting to have the opportunity to come back and foster the development of such a talented group of players,” said Arias for the IMG Academy site.
“In all my travels as a player and as a commentator, there is no place in the world where players have such a dynamic team to help them achieve their potential.”