About 10 years ago, Grady Wilson sat down with tennis legend Nick Bollettieri, who was asked to detail his “secrets” to success. The famed coach’s explanation was less than earth-shattering. Wilson, the director of tennis at Pierremont Oaks and East Ridge Country Club, said Bollettieri simply passed along an excerpt from a bible verse, Ecclesiastes 1:9.
“There is nothing new under the sun.”
Said Wilson: “He just went down the road to see what his neighbors are doing and tried to bring it back to his club.”
Wilson saw his tennis neighbors to the south revive the Sugar Bowl junior tennis tournament, an event that began in the 1940s, but disappeared in the 90s.Why not Shreveport, a city that used to sport a tennis event backed by the Independence Bowl until the 1980s.