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Aya Honjo of Tokyo, Japan wins IMG Academy Bollettieri Tennis Gatorade G-Award Week of July 1st

Zachary Dash
Aya Honjo of Tokyo, Japan wins IMG Academy Tennis Gatorade G-Award Week of July 1st

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 Bollettieri Tennis winner of the Gatorade G-Award/IMG Academy Athlete of the Week Award is Aya Honjo from Tokyo, Japan.

How long have you been playing tennis for? 

Six years and I am 17 now.

Who is your coach?

Coach Eric Eichelbaum.

Eichelbaum

What is your favorite thing about IMG Academy and why?

I love how there are so many coaches that you can turn to. There are a lot of kids from different places so you can fit in easily.

Do you have any pre-game rituals that help you prepare for a big game?

I just try to calm myself down and take deep breaths. I just tell myself that I have worked hard.

What professional athlete inspires you the most?

Maria Sharapova.

What is your favorite thing to do after you win a game?

I like to do drills afterwards, win or lose.

What motivates you to push through a tough practice?

The fact that I really like this sport and by hitting as many balls as I can I will improve.

 

 

 

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