Our guest today is Mike DePalmer, Sr. Mr. DePalmer is now retired and lives in the Nashville, TN. area. His son, daughter and grandkids are all accomplished tennis players.
Mike DePalmer, Sr. coached the Men’s Tennis Team at the University of Tennessee from 1981 — 1994. Mr. DePalmer was also the co-founder of the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida. The seeds for the NBTA were planted by Mike DePalmer Sr. and the working relationship with a former paratrooper who both had a vision of bringing together the best players in the game. Coach DePalmer was able to lure Bollettieri to the area at a time when Nick Bollettieri needed a job. Coach DePalmer began bringing in promising junior tennis players from around the state of Florida. Soon the pool of players expanded to prodigies from around the country. Eventually, they took on the world.
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