Luring U.S. kids gaining traction?

Originally Published: August 19, 2009
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

Long before he was Pete Sampras' coach, before he reached No. 12 in the world, or the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 1984, Paul Annacone was a Bollettieri kid.

He logged thousands of hours at Nick Bollettieri's tennis academy in Bradenton, Fla. There, banging with the best and the brightest young players in the game, he learned -- he earned -- the craft of tennis.

When Annacone's son, Nicholas, who had been raised in the culture of tennis, asked at the age of 10 to go to Bollettieri's, ...

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