Nick Bollettieri, the world-class tennis coach who worked with countless top tennis players – Agassi, the Williams sisters, Jim Courier, Monica Seles, Sharapova and many more -, shared, in a TennisHead interview, why his students had better resistance than the other players on the circuit.
“I don’t recall the heat ever being a problem for any of the players I’ve worked with at the academy, although we might start work a little bit earlier in the day in the height of the summer to avoid being out on the court between 11am and 3pm.
When I think back to some of the great players I’ve worked with I don’t think any of them had a major problem with the heat. There were occasions when Andre Agassi could struggle anywhere and in any conditions, but he always got through.
Jim Courier, Monica Seles, Aaron Krickstein – I don’t think any of them were ever beaten in the heat”, said Bollettieri. His academy’s location played a big role in developing this high-temperature resistance.
“Part of the reason for that was no doubt because they had grown accustomed to working in heat while they were at the academy. Whether they were playing at the US Open, Miami, Indian Wells, Melbourne, Paris or Rome, they could all take those conditions in their stride”, Nick pointed out.
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