Seles, born in the former Yugoslavia, is one of several No. 1 players who trained or boarded at the academy, including Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Maria Sharapova, Marcelo Rios, and Serena and Venus Williams. Sharapova, who owns a house in nearby Longboat Key, still uses the academy as a base. Other active players who have trained there recently include Tommy Haas, Kei Nishikori, Sabine Lisicki, Petra Kvitova and Radek Stepanek.
Annual tuition for a high school boarding student in the tennis program is $71,400 for the 2014-15 school year, more than elite universities charge annually.
Nearly 30 years later, many still refer to the complex as the Bollettieri Academy. At the main entrance is a large bronze statue of Bollettieri — in shorts and a shirt, hands on hips with socks rolled down. But his surname is no longer in lights. It was dropped in 2001, and IMG Academy now caters to eight sports, with the recent addition of track and field, and places a stronger emphasis on academics and chasing a college scholarship rather than a pro career.
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