Hard Works Hard
It Ain’t Easy is much more than a “tennis book.” It tells the tale of a man who continues to live his life with passion, intensity, and, a commitment to performance and excellence. Above all, through Nick’s personal example, the book illustrates the virtues – and rewards – of discipline and hard work.
Nick (center), taking a break in the military
A Book For Everyone
The book will inspire those in their early years AND those in their later years to get off the couch and into the game – whatever their game may be. It’s never too early, or too late, as Nick himself has demonstrated daily with a schedule that for decades has included little sleep (about four hours a night), rigorous physical exercise (he still body surfs, parasails, and snow skis), the rigor of a drill sergeant, and the generosity of a man who has given away most of his personal earnings and savings – either to former wives in settlements, nearly anyone in need of a hand up, or hundreds of promising players in need of scholarships). Readers will be surprised to learn that Nick has earned almost nothing financially from coaching his famous players. It’s true, the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy gained fame, but Nick never gained fortune.
The Journey Continues
Readers will meet a man who, like them, is still navigating his way through the stages of his life. At age 81, his health is excellent, his energy still unbounded, and his work schedule still superhuman (he still can be found for 10 or more hours a day on the “indoors,” coaching and inspiring both beginners and champions). In his eighth decade, Nick is slightly shifting his priorities and re-inventing himself as a much in-demand speaker, and an ambassador both for the sport of tennis and IMG, which acquired the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in 1987.
Nick and Cindi with adopted sons Giovanni and Giacomo
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