A day out with the ladies man

Mr Bollettieri, seven wives already but also checking out the Norham Ladies
Mr Bollettieri, seven wives already but also checking out the Norham Ladies

Notice posted - June 22 2016

Wonderfully entertaining and valuable clinic

Norham Gardens members and friends of all ages were treated on Wednesday 22 June to a great day of tennis coaching. Because of the bad weather we suddenly had to migrate indoors to the David Lloyd tennis centre in Cowley. But this proved a very good substitute venue. Some 45 adults in the morning and 45 juniors in the afternoon enjoyed group and individual coaching and tips.

He also had a constant stream of anecdotes from many of his other pupils from Serena Williams to Andre Agassi. At 84 years old he is a great advertisement for the fitness benefits of tennis. Asked by one of his daughters why he still spent time looking in the mirror every day he said it was so he could say “I’m still here baby!”

What else do you need to know? He had lots of good advice for each every player: “you need to relax”, “keep your feet apart”, “don’t stop before you hit the drive volley”, “grip the racket with both hands when waiting for a volley”.

“When you hit a bad shot, forget about it!” Above all: “Think you’re a winner!”

Many thanks to everyone who made this such a memorable experience, especially coach Gabriele who arranged the day, along with James, the other coaches, and of course the great man himself. Thanks too to the David Lloyd club who housed us at short notice.


A selection of images by photographer Paolo Coruzzi.

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