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My 12th Tennis Book ‘Nick Bollettieri: Godfather Of American Tennis’

Nick Bollettieri: Godfather Of Modern Tennis 

By Scoop Malinowski

A compilation of memories, anecdotes, stories and interviews of one of the most important figures in tennis history, Nick Bollettieri and his world-renowned “Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy.” …Andre Agassi, Marcelo Rios, Jimmy Arias, Brian Gottfried, Fritz Buehning, Kathleen Horvath, Lars Ulrich, Julio Moros, Maria Sharapova, Chip Brooks, Red Ayme, Tommy Haas, and many more share anecdotes. 

Mark Scoop Malinowski has published 11 previous books about tennis: Marcelo Rios: The Man We Barely Knew, Facing Federer, Facing Nadal, Facing Hewitt, Facing Sampras, Facing McEnroe, Facing Andy Murray, Facing Guillermo Vilas, Facing Marat Safin, Facing Serena Williams/Steffi Graf (double book), and Facing Bjorn Borg.

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“Nick was the godfather of modern tennis.” — Sander Groen

“He stayed connected to a lot of people through his life.” — Justin Gimelstob

“He built character and maximized potential.” — Pam Casale

“Nick’s memories and impact will indeed last forever for more people than could ever be imagined.”  — Kathleen Horvath

“He gave so many a chance to live their dream” — Andre Agassi

Contact: Mark Scoop Malinowski 201-218-0811
scoop.malinowski@yahoo.com

For Immediate Release
Teaneck, NJ —– Author/Journalist Mark ‘Scoop’ Malinowski is proud to announce the publication of Nick Bollettieri: Godfather Of Modern Tennis ($8.99, 133-pages, available at Amazon.com).

About The Author
Mark Scoop Malinowski has written about tennis for TENNIS Magazine, Tennis Week, Tennisweek.com, Ace Magazine of U.K. Australian Tennis Magazine, ATPWorldTour.com, Tennis View, Australian Open Official Program, Tennis-prose.comCBSsportsline.comESPNSportszone.com, New York Tennis, Totally Tennis Magazine, The Daily Record of Morris County, N.J., mrBiofile.com, Florida Tennis, South Asia Life & Times Magazine.

Andre Agassi: Nick first started with Jimmy Arias, who had the biggest forehand in tennis at the time. Tennis had never seen anything like it. And then (Aaron) Krickstein and Carling Bassett hit so hard, and myself. I think he’s added a lot to the level of tennis as far as a power sense goes with just dominant tennis playing, aggressive playing. And that’s what keeps tennis striving. I don’t know if you’re ever going to see another No. 1 player in the world who is under six feet. Everybody is going to be big and strong. Because you need to be big and strong. And he taught you how to do that even if you weren’t big and strong…

Lars Ulrich (Metallica): In Denmark I was top 10 in the 12s and 14s. Denmark is roughly the size of the West Village. My dad (Torben) was one of the best players in the world. When I finished school in Denmark at age sixteen I went to Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Sarasota, FL (actually Bradenton) the first year it got off the ground. I was one of the kids who didn’t have to go to school because I already finished school in Denmark. I remember Nick would say, “Jump on it, jump on it!” There was a pecking order. Nick spent a lot of time on the main court with Jimmy Arias and those players. I was on court two or three. Nick would come over and say “Jump on it Lars, jump on it!” This is what we spent $20,000 for?! I found out I didn’t have the tenacity to do the six to eight hours of all that shit everyday. I was kind of turned off by the six hours every day of drills and backhand down the lines…

Bob Davis: My first memory of Nick was back in 1981 when I told Arthur Ashe that I was going to open my own private sleepover academy in upstate New York. He recommended that we come to Florida and meet with Nick, who had the foremost tennis academy in the world, to learn the ins and outs of the business. So Arthur and I flew down to Bradenton for a weekend with Nick. His advice to me was – Keep the boys and girls apart. One mistake in that regard can ruin your entire academy.
Question: Lasting memory of Nick Bollettieri?
Bob Davis: My lasting memory of Nick is his generosity and his intent to have his legacy be in support of underprivileged kids. People don’t know that side of Nick. He was inducted into the Black Tennis Hall of Fame – the only Caucasian man inducted into the Black Tennis Hall of Fame – at least to date. And he claims that that is more important to him than his induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Sander Groen, former ATP doubles champion, shared this thoughts and memories of Bollettieri: “He is so beloved because of his personality. There is not too many people with this kind success who are so accessible and kind as he is. The past 20 years he has been like a grandfather to anybody who loves tennis and he makes everybody feel like they are same important to him, no matter if player, coach or fan. And he had nothing to gain from that. Every time I spoke to him he made me feel as if he was my father. And I can imagine he hardly had any idea who I was because I cannot imagine he knew me as a player.”
“I think the last time I saw him he was mingling with the crowd in front of Arthur Ashe Stadium sitting on the edge of the fountains promoting his book… I couldn’t believe that. To me he is the godfather of modern day tennis.”

The book version is $8.99 and the kindle version is $4.99, both available at amazon books

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Interview with the author…

Question: Why did you decide to do a book about Nick Bollettieri?

Scoop Malinowski: “From covering professional tennis reporter since 1992 I’ve heard so many diverse colorful stories about Nick and his world-renowned academy, there came a point in time a few years ago the realization that there are more than enough to do a good book about it all.  So I compiled what I had and hunted for more through all my tennis contacts and the book is the result. It’s both a tribute and celebration of Nick Bollettieri.”

Question: What did you learn about Nick that you did not previous know?

Scoop Malinowski: “That’s he’s a more interesting and intriguing character and subject than many Grand Slam champions. It’s impossible to calculate how many people’s lives he impacted and influenced in a positive way.”

Question: Why should tennis fans purchase this book?

Scoop Malinowski: “Because it’s a great, fun, light, but very informative and insightful read. Working on the book I almost feel like I lived through the unique experience of being a young tennis player training at the world’s greatest sports academy. I hope the reader will too.”

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