Bollettieri called in as Williams looks to halt career slump

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by Bones08, May 28, 2006.

  1. Bones08

    Bones08 Professional

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2006
    Messages:
    831
    Bollettieri called in as Williams looks to halt career slump
    By Nick Harris
    Published: 29 May 2006

    Serena Williams will this week turn to Nick Bollettieri in an attempt to salvage her ailing career, according to an informed source close to the former world No 1 and seven-times Grand Slam singles champion.

    It is understood that the 24-year-old, whose ranking has plummeted to No 108 and who announced on Friday that she will not play at Wimbledon this summer because of a knee injury, will travel to Bollettieri's Florida academy tomorrow to seek advice from the veteran coach.

    Williams, the Wimbledon champion of 2002 and 2003, is considering using the academy as an occasional base to put her career back on track. Her father, Richard, also wants her to use Bollettieri's expertise.

    Serena regularly visited Bollettieri for intensive one-week build-up sessions ahead of each Grand Slam tournament in her heyday, which included winning all four Grand Slam titles back-to-back in 2002-03.

    Bollettieri, an Independent columnist, declined to confirm Williams' plans. "Sorry, but on this one, no comment," he said last night. It is known Bollettieri would be willing and available to help, however. He wrote an open letter to Serena earlier this year offering his guidance to help her save her career.

    Williams has played only four matches since last year's US Open and has pulled out of a string of tournaments this year. She had knee surgery in 2003 and has not won a title since the last of her Grand Slams, the 2005 Australian Open.

    When she arrived in Melbourne to defend that title in January of this year, she was noticeably overweight and unfit. She lost in the third round. When she subsequently fell outside the world's top 100, many observers felt her competitive career was effectively over before her mid-20s. It seems Bollettieri's could now be her last-chance saloon.

    http://sport.independent.co.uk/tennis/article621248.ece
     
    #1
  2. raftermania

    raftermania Banned

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2004
    Messages:
    2,626
    Location:
    Ontario
    I think Serena needs to check in with Jenny Craig or a bacon-slicing factory before seeking Nick's help!
     
    #2
  3. sureshs

    sureshs Bionic Poster

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2005
    Messages:
    41,248
    Should Roddick give it a try too?
     
    #3
  4. superman1

    superman1 Legend

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2006
    Messages:
    5,241
    Bollettieri has nothing to offer Roddick that the average person on this board couldn't offer him (hit deeper!). At least Roddick is trying his hardest to win. Serena doesn't even play tennis anymore.
     
    #4
  5. Bones08

    Bones08 Professional

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2006
    Messages:
    831
    You're a true Rena fan. You just missed out on how much weight she's lost since January. She's really slim down!
     
    #5
  6. nn

    nn Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2004
    Messages:
    1,986
    Location:
    Tennis World
    photo link to pl
     
    #6
  7. migjam

    migjam Professional

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2004
    Messages:
    829
    Location:
    Pacific Northwest
    I think it is a good move for her. At this point, what does she have to lose?
     
    #7
  8. crazylevity

    crazylevity Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2005
    Messages:
    1,978
    weight:mrgreen:
     
    #8
  9. Double G

    Double G Banned

    Joined:
    May 22, 2006
    Messages:
    75
    +
    Bollieteri just wants to take the credit for bringing up Serena's game the perfect reason Sampras never joined him
     
    #9
  10. Bones08

    Bones08 Professional

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2006
    Messages:
    831
    When she was 17 she first went there. She won Indian Wells and the U.S. Open that year. She then began to stop playing tournaments the week before every grand slam. Instead she would go to Nick's Academy during that week, she would talk to the kids, and then have her sessions with Nick. Her mom holds the OWL Foundation Charity every year except 05 because they we're injured at thea time. He'a been at every owl foundation she's had, he always donates huge bucks. So the relationship has always been good, the only time there was a rift was when Serena switched from I.M.G to W.M.A.
     
    #10
  11. slice bh compliment

    slice bh compliment G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2004
    Messages:
    10,794
    Jolly ol' Saint Nick.
    Always looking out for others.
    Never, ever, thinking of himself.
     
    #11
  12. armand

    armand Banned

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2005
    Messages:
    3,746
    Location:
    RDS001 90: SPPP 1.18 @ 63/61
    Watching the French Open today and they showed Venus on the practicing courts hitting some really retarded looking forehands. If Nick saw it, I hope he mentions it to the Williams camp. It's criminal!
     
    #12
  13. christo

    christo Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2004
    Messages:
    1,833
    Serena always looks good after Photoshop, same with Oprah and Mariah Carey
     
    #13
  14. chess9

    chess9 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2005
    Messages:
    4,284
    Location:
    1.d4
    Has anyone seen any recent pics of Serena? I saw the ones posted about a month ago. I hope she's getting fit....

    -Robert
     
    #14
  15. Bones08

    Bones08 Professional

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2006
    Messages:
    831
    She's getting fit, and no Serena is not being photoshopped in the new pics of her on the beach and the ones for her charity. Yeah, they look retarded, but when Venus forehand is on it's a very good shot.
     
    #15
  16. armand

    armand Banned

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2005
    Messages:
    3,746
    Location:
    RDS001 90: SPPP 1.18 @ 63/61
    Her BH is her stronger side I guess.

    Anyway, I saw a bit of her match and her FH looked normal. Perhaps during practice she was using some exagerrated bizarre motion because it would help her in the match in someway.
     
    #16
  17. Bones08

    Bones08 Professional

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2006
    Messages:
    831
    Especially that down the line backhand! But I guess he's talking about how she has the racquet head out, and then pushes forward. Or how she has her hand when she hits it.
     
    #17
  18. downtheline

    downtheline Guest

    The Williams sisters don't intimidate players like they used to. It's going to take more than Nick to help her out. It would be a good move to keep her away from distractions. Her backhand needs major surgery. Her athletic ability lets her get away with it. Not very many pros have a low to high back hand- too much muscle recruitment. High low high is the way to go (same shape of swing as the forehand). On the men's side the only player I can think of is Safin that has a low high backhand. I'm sure there are more, I just can't think of them right now.
     
    #18
  19. baseliner

    baseliner Professional

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2004
    Messages:
    1,168
    Mechanically, Serena has always been more sound than Venus. The issues are weight and motivation. What can Nick do? As to issue #1 "Eat less, run more." As to issue #2, not much. It all comes from inside. With the nutcake Dad, it is not shocking to see unwise career decisions by the girls. We are all products of our upbringing. For Serena's sake, I hope she makes a legitimate effort to get in shape and compete. One day she will wake up and realize no one cares for her fashion designs or her acting. By then if her tennis is gone, she will be one unhappy adult.
     
    #19
  20. Galactus

    Galactus Banned

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2005
    Messages:
    1,291
    Saw Sharappova doing the samw thing in her first match on Sunday.
    Some of the bad shots played in women's tennis these days are just beyond belief. :mad:
     
    #20
  21. Captain America

    Captain America Rookie

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2006
    Messages:
    143
    The SW/Nick B. thing doesn't make sense to me. Since when has Serena's problem been about coaching? When she's (a) fit and (b) committed to tennis (as opposed to her other pursuits), she wins. Simple as that.

    Now, if NB is going to play the role of "motivator" I guess that's a different story.....
     
    #21
  22. knasty131

    knasty131 Professional

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2005
    Messages:
    1,059
    Location:
    Killeen, Tx

    nicely put...read my mind but put it down on paper way better than i could have...kudos
     
    #22
  23. slice bh compliment

    slice bh compliment G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2004
    Messages:
    10,794
    Absolutely nailed it.
    Nicky B = world class motivator. Makes players think they can do anything.
    Seemed to work for a while on 'rena back in '03/
    04. She sould have asked him to stick around every now and then.
     
    #23
  24. Roger is Boring

    Roger is Boring Rookie

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2005
    Messages:
    254
    I thought she was more intersted in acting now than playing tennis?
    she should not have quit her day job.
     
    #24
  25. arosen

    arosen Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2004
    Messages:
    2,099
    Who knows, maybe she finally realized that she has no talent for anything else other than tennis.
     
    #25

Share This Page