Every week at least one athlete from each sport will earn the Gatorade G-Award/IMG Academy Athlete of the Week for displaying Heart, Hustle and Soul, and exhibiting a true desire to reach their true athletic potential.
The IMG Academy Tennis winner of the Gatorade G-Award/IMG Academy Athletes of the Week Award is Isabel (Izzy) Newell from St. Louis Missouri.
How long have you been playing tennis for?
11 years, since I was 4.
Who is your coach?
What is your favorite thing about IMG Academy and why?
Always being surrounded by good coaches and good athletes.
Do you have any pre-game rituals that help you prepare for a big game?
I just do my regular stretches and find out who my opponent is.
What professional athlete inspires you the most?
[Roger] Federer. I have met him twice and everything he does is amazing.
What is your favorite thing to do after you win a game?
Eat what I want.
What motivates you to push through a tough practice?
If the practice was over, and I didn’t try, the practice would feel worthless. But if I keep pushing through the practice, I would feel like I actually got something out of it.