Nick Bollettieri collapsed on the court during a training session at his academy in Bradenton, Florida on May 13th. Jimmy Arias recounted this fact in an interview with Tennis Channel. Arias, former number 5 of the ATP ranking and close to the academy of the legendary American coach said: "Taking lessons, like every day, he collapsed on the court.
He had to go to the hospital. I heard him on the phone and he was in a good mood and he feels better, despite being one of those who never go to the doctor. He's afraid of needles and when he called me he said 'Jimmy, they stung me 18 times!'.
Bollettieri at 88 years-old, is still the Maestro of his Bollettieri Academy. In the past he was the historical coach who trained or formed, among the others, tennis legends like Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Serena and Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, Martina Hingis, Monica Seles, Boris Becker and Jim Courier.
The illness that caused his hospitalization seems to be due to a kidney infection, but his condition is good. In fact, after two nights spent in hospital, Bollettieri is expected to be discharged in the next few days. Every Friday, in May, Bollettieri is the guest of a virtual United Tennis Ranking course dedicated to young tennis players, where he discusses the transitions from juniors to the world of professionals.
The first tennis player trained by Bollettieri to reach the throne of the ATP ranking was Jim Courier, in 1993. The first woman to reach the first positiom of the WTA ranking was the very young Monica Seles, on 11 March 1991.