Just Skimmed Through Andre's Book

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  1. Texastennis

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    Yes that's true - but nothing like the fame (and fortune) he had with Agassi onwards. Courier would also have been NB's first GS winner in any case, but Courier wouldn't have made him famous the way Agassi did because Agassi was a media phenomenon on a whole different level than Courier from the get go .

    I think it's clear that Agassi's father taught him the gamestyle he had - hitting the ball very early etc. NB isn't responsible for Agassi playing that way. I think what was probably more important for the development of the Agassi game there was the competition he had with hitting partners there that he obviously wouldn't have got in NV.
     
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  2. 35ft6

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    And all the other players, their fathers get the credit also? And what about Brad Gilbert? I think you're confusing hitting the ball with playing tennis.
     
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  3. Texastennis

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    "The other players" didn't have the success Agassi had.

    I do think Brad Gilbert did a lot on the "play tennis" as vs "hit the ball" front. I'd say he had more impact than NB.
     
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  4. Moose Malloy

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    Courier was no longer coached by NB when he won the '91 French(he was with Higueras)

    Ditto with Seles, she left him before she won her first major.

    I believe Andre's 1st major('92 W) is the only major win NB has coached any player to(maybe Pierce with him when she won the '95 Australian as well)

    here's a very interesting article from SI, June 1980 describing Nick B's Academy & his 'military like' regimen for its students(Arias, etc)

    "He'll Make Your Child A Champ"

    more at http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1123505/index.htm
     
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  5. 35ft6

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    What I'm trying to say is that almost every player is introduced to tennis by their parent. They usually don't go to an academy or hook up with a world class coach until they're 12 or older. So should ANY coach get credit by your logic? Should the coaches at the French federation get credit for coaching France's top players, or should the credit go to their parents? How is NB different from any other coach in that he's getting a player who's already pretty good (that's the only way they get special attention from Nick, or any top coach or organization for that matter...)?
     
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  6. zapvor

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    does NB have a biography?
     
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  7. scotus

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    Yes, he has a book out called "My Aces, My Faults". The title could be the other way around.
     
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