Tag Archives: Nick Bollettieri

Wimbledon. Fools rush in, and win.

28 Jun

Roger Federer Wimbledon loss

Strange days indeed: Roger Federer in the gloom. His 9 year run of Slam 1/4 finals or better all over, red rover.

I loved the quote from tennis star maker Nick Bollettieri yesterday. “Who knows what the hell is going to happen? You really have no idea.” This said following a day when Wimbledon was rocked by both shock defeats and withdrawals. Bad enough that The Championships lost Rafa on day one, but this was like “the perfect storm.” Federer, gone. Sharapova, gone. Azarenka, gone. Tsonga, gone. Jankovic, gone. Isner, gone. Hewitt, gone. Wozniacki, gone. Cilic, gone. Ivanovic, gone. The only winners – most probably the guys selling the program – as hapless fans had to research who they were looking at.


Kamikaze net rushing was the tactic of the day – and strangely it worked. Sergiy Stakhovsky was a throwback to days of old, looking to get in to the net at every opportunity against a flat Roger Federer. And rastafarian Dustin Brown simply flattened Little Lleyton with his el toro charges to the net. On this day serve and volley was alive and kicking. This Wimbledon is looming as a case of last man standing. – watch the you tube clip for THE most famous last man standing…

The PRO.



Kei Nishikori – now he really is BIG in Japan.

25 Jan



Japan’s young gun Kei Nishikori was nicknamed “Project 45” from the day he arrived at Nick Bollettieri’s tennis academy in Florida at the age of 14. He spoke little english, Athletic but shy and very homesick in the early years. Why Project 45? The previous highest ranked Japanese male player on the ATP tour was Shuzo Matsuoka, who peaked at #46 in 1992 – hence the Project 45 tag.

Nishikori has gone well past this goal and will break into the the top 20 after his phenomenal 1/4 final run at the 2012 Australian Open where he accounted for world #6, France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Nishikori began playing at the age of 5 and quickly developed into a really good junior player. He is the type of player that can really excite a crowd with his forehand and footspeed defying his stature.

Nishikori is definitely “BIG in Japan”. He is followed everywhere by an admiring WowWow crew.(Japanese TV) Wowwow have been great for the game in Japan too, they have a quirky way of covering the event. Wowwow media executives hand delivered “Go Nishikori – Wowwow” sushi packs to all the foreign media with a bow and a smile. Watch out for this guy – he is the type of player to inspire a nation.

The PRO.