Bollettieri: 'If the world was like Federer, you wouldn't have violence'


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Bollettieri: 'If the world was like Federer, you wouldn't have violence'

Nick Bollettieri only had words of praise for 19-time Grand Slam Champion Roger Federer. The 86-year-old tennis coach, speaking at a conference call in Doha during the ATP 250 event, revealed: 'To me, the one I would have loved to coach is Roger Federer.

Why? He’s a champion in everything he does. There are only a few people in life who are champions in everything they do. When I got into the International Hall of Fame, he and Pete Sampras wrote beautiful letters to me about why I should get in.

If the world was like Roger, you wouldn’t have any violence, you wouldn’t have any wars. You would have only peace. He is a credit to everything he does.' Bollettieri also spoke about Nick Kyrgios, another player whom he loves: 'He’s my type of guy and let me tell you what I could do with him.

I would sit down with him and just listen to him for one hour. Not say one thing. Then I would ask him a couple of questions. I am the type who would relate to him. You think [Andre] Agassi was easy [to coach]? Oh boy! You have certain individuals whom you cannot tell, "Do this, do that." "What’s the matter with you?" "No, you can’t do that."' Quotes recognized by Doha Stadium Plus ALSO READ: Roger Federer explains his 'rock solid' relationship with wife Mirka