| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

Long Island Tennis Magazine and New York Tennis Magazine are proud to present the First Annual New York Tennis Expo at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, home of the U.S. Open, on Sunday, April 28. World renowned Tennis Coach Nick Bollettieri will headline two speaking panels and also lead a 10 & Under Tennis clinic on-court. Speaking Panel #1 will focus on “The Road to College Scholarships,” while Speaking Panel #2 will focus on “Taking Your Tennis Game to the Next Level.” Attendance for these speaking panels will be very limited and because of this, bracelets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis for each session at the New York Tennis Expo Registration Desk the day of the event. More announcements regarding the speaking sessions will come as the event nears.

Headline speaker Nick Bollettieri is one of the most influential people in the world of tennis, and a legend who has transcended the sport. In 1978, he founded the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, now known as IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. IMG Academy was the first full-time tennis boarding school to combine intense training on the court with a custom-designed academic curriculum. What was once a program of primarily on-court training, has evolved into a multi-faceted approach that spans over more than 450 acres, and includes blending technical and strategic on-court training with specialized physical training and mental conditioning.

Nick Bollettieri’s approach is designed not only to build athletes on the court, but more importantly, prepare them for a successful life off the court as well. It was this proven method that Nick used to coach 10 number one players in the world, including Andre Agassi, Boris Becker, Jim Courier, Martina Hingis, Jelena Jankovic, Marcelo Rios, Monica Seles, Maria Sharapova, and Venus and Serena Williams, as well as a multitude of other world-class players, including Tommy Haas, Anna Kournikova, Jimmy Arias and Nicole Vaidisova, to name a few. IMG Academy quickly became synonymous with tennis excellence, and its coaches and students continue to reflect Nick’s passion for the game.