Letter for Tim Heckler

When I was told the sad news that our leader passed away my mind drifted back to the 1970’s at the  Colony Beach Hotel in Longboat Key, Fl.

This is when I first met Tim. He explained to me his dream of building a professional tennis association. I really did not pay too much attention to his plans, but he sure helped me along the road to become one of the first member pros with my good friend Vic Braden.

Today, the USPTA has more than 15,000 world wide members who work night and day for the development of tennis on all levels.

Tim, be sure to keep looking down on us and give your blessing to the new CEO and his staff to continue pushing forward to higher levels of excellence.

The entire IMG Academy staff, Chip Brooks, and the Bollettieri Family will never forget you for always supporting me and IMG Academy.

My warmest regards to the Heckler Family and relatives.

Nick Bollettieri

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~ by Nick's Picks on February 5, 2013.

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