Sarasota News Leader

05/30/2014

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On a recent morning, my quiet predawn breakfast at a local restaurant was upended by another patron, two tables away, chatting on the phone. Isn't that Nick Bollettieri, whose academy is just around the corner, I wondered. "Sorry to call so early!" he was saying. "When you wake up, come see me. I have something for you." He left abruptly. Without paying? No. Out to his car then back to glad-hand a friend at the breakfast counter. Minutes later, our collision Nick Bollettieri, 82, will be enshrined in the International Tennis Hall of Fame on July 12. Photo courtesy IMG Academy TENNIS, ANYONE? NICK BOLLETTIERI EARNED RENOWN FOR DOING THINGS HIS WAY, JUST AS A FRENCH FEMALE STAR DID DECADES EARLIER By Barbara Dondero Contributing Writer

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