On Sunday, 20th November, news came about that Nick Bollettieri, one of tennis’ most reputed coaches had breathed his last. However, as per the latest information shared by his family members, the 91-year-old’s still fighting for his life.
Sharing an update about Bollettieri’s health, former tennis pro Harry Cicma tweeted, “Nick Bollettieri is still with us on this Earth. Thank God. His agent and good friend, Steve Shulla confirmed… Nick is fighting hard… I sent him a text reminding him how grateful we are for his inspiration and presence.
A reminder to be grateful for every moment”. Meanwhile, in a series of tweets, Sporting Intelligence’s Nick Harris shared, “Lots of tweets and tennis websites saying legendary coach Nick Bollettieri died today after a photo of him looking poorly.
Worked with Nick for years & his wife Cindi told me this afternoon: ‘Nick's still alive & kicking, not ready to call it quits yet.’ “Nick is 91, and has had the most extraordinary life, and well-documented health issues in recent times.
But reporting as fact he has died before he's died? As Nick would say: ‘Holy mackerel!’. ”
Clarification from Nick Bollettieri's social media
Corroborating this new information was also the statement posted by Nick Bollettieri’s official Instagram handle which was also tweeted by the IMG Academy.
Shared as a story, the statement read, “I would like to reassure everyone that contrary to what you might have read, I am still alive and kicking. Not much can keep this old Italian down for long. I have my family here and lots of visitors, which makes me very happy!
I love all the messages you send, the phone calls, and the voicemails you leave. I always say, “it ain’t easy”, but it sure is worth it. I am one lucky guy. I wish you all the best”. The note was signed simply, “Nick”.
Nick Bollettieri’s had a prolific journey as a tennis coach and expert. In 2014, the veteran coach was inducted into Tennis’ Hall of Fame in recognition of his contribution to the sport.