HOF coach Bollettieri dies at 91

FILE - Nick Bollettieri holds his plaque as he waves to the crowd after his induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I., Saturday, July 12, 2014. Nick Bollettieri, the Hall of Fame tennis coach who worked with some of the sports biggest stars, and founded an academy that revolutionized the development of young athletes, has died. He was 91. Bollettieri passed away Sunday night, Dec. 4, 2022, at home in Florida after a series of health issues, his manager, Steve Shulla, said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Monday. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

(AP) -- Nick Bollettieri, the Hall of Fame tennis coach who worked with some of the sport's biggest stars, including Andre Agassi and Monica Seles, and founded an academy that revolutionized the development of young athletes, has died. He was 91.

Bollettieri died Sunday night at home in Florida after a series of health issues, his manager, Steve Shulla, said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Monday.

"When he became sick, he got so many wonderful messages from former students and players and coaches. Many came to visit him. He got videos from others," Shulla said. "It was wonderful. He touched so many lives and he had a great send-off."

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