The Best Coach in Tennis History?

Written by: Jeff Salzenstein


*** Jeff Salzenstein is the founder and president of JRS Sports, LLC, an organization focused on helping tennis players all over the world improve their tennis with world-class tennis instruction in the areas of technique, footwork, nutrition, injury prevention, motivation, and athletic development training.

A member of the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame, Jeff set the standard for tennis in Colorado with an unsurpassed record as a player at the amateur and professional levels. As he regularly competed against the best players in the world, Jeff became a serious student of the game and an accomplished world-class competitor.

Jeff also has a successful website where he shares cutting edge tennis tips and lessons to help players improve their games. He has created two very successful online instruction courses, the Tennis Forehand Solution and the Tennis Serve Secrets. Jeff also has a vibrant online tennis instruction membership site called Total Tennis Training Inner Circle that has hundreds of members with over 25 countries represented. These online tennis courses are setting a new standard in tennis learning online.***


What makes a truly great coach?

Certainly, if he/she can teach technique, footwork, and strategy at a high level, you know you have found a very gifted mentor to help you.

But… what about the intangibles.

The motivation…

The inspiration…

The caring…

If you have a coach that can lift you up when you are down in the dumps, can get more out of you even when you are feeling good, and can show you just how much he/she cares, then you have found your Hall Of Fame coach.

Friday, I heard Nick Bollettieri accept a Hall of Fame award in NYC, and while listening to him live, I was struck by this man’s passion and commitment to the sport of tennis and to touching the lives of those who come in contact with him.

Say what you will about Nick, but you can never question his desire to help others play better tennis and have a better life. When you look at personalities that have transformed a sport, one has to put Nick Bollettieri at the top of the heap in tennis.

He was and is a true pioneer in the sport of tennis.

He opened the first tennis academy ever.

He brought gifted players together to make each other better.

He touched the games and lives of 10 #1 in the world players (unheard of).

His academy has grown immensely the last 30 years into a huge multisport facility that has 15,000 athletes from different sports come through its doors every year.

From his humble beginnings, he persevered, excelled, and made the sport of tennis A LOT better.

All of this was created from a guy who did not have a strong tennis background.

How did he make this happen?

Nick had a vision.

Nick had passion.

And he wakes up every day, working and hustling to make that dream come true.

At 81 years young, Nick says he is just warming up, and I believe him. He has a lot left in the tank so be ready for him to continue to make a big time impact in the sport of tennis in the coming years.

I never got the chance to work with you on court, Nick, but I did lose to many of the players you coached! Thanks for your commitment and passion to the sport we all love.

You have have inspired me to be a better coach just by being you.

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