IMG Academy's Michael Mmoh is one of the most promising rising talents in American junior tennis, and over the weekend he earned a big victory at the City of Brownsville Men’s Pro Tennis Classic in Brownsville, Texas, a USTA Pro Circuit event. With the win, Mmoh not only earned his first career pro tournament title, but he was the youngest player to win a pro event since Rhyne Williams won the Pittsburgh Futures in 2007.
In July, IMG Academy founder and tennis legend Nick Bollettieri was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Bollettieri was honored on campus at IMG Academy during halftime of the Ascenders 28-7 victory against north Florida powerhouse Trinity Christian Academy of Jacksonville.
Prior to joining IMG Academy, Matt was serving as the Owner/President and Head Tennis Professional at the APEX Tennis Club. In addition, his previous coaching experience includes Fayaetteville High School, Three Oaks Racquet Club and the Walmart Tennis Center.
As a former collegiate athlete at the University of Arkansas, Matt was a 4-year letterman and was co-captain of the Men’s Tennis team for 2 years. Matt brings his strong collegiate and coaching experience to IMG Academy and will be working with our top ITF juniors and serving as a mentor and coach to our student athletes.
German is originally from Spain and a former top 50 ATP Tour professional. He has notable victories against players such as: Guillermo Vilas, Emilio Sanchez, Alex Corretja and Cedric Pioline. Prior to his arrival at IMG Academy, German was traveling the World with players on the ITF tour. He spent 2012-13 traveling with WTA player Francesca Schiavone and has worked closely with the Spanish Tennis Federation.
German works with our top ITF juniors, traveling with them to tournaments while serving as a mentor and coach to our student-athletes.
The 2014 season has been a breakout year for IMG Academy's Kei Nishikori. Nishikori broke into the ATP top-10 for the first time in his career earlier in the year, prior to putting his name on the map with a monumental victory over world #1 Novak Djokovic at the U.S. Open and becoming the first male Asian tennis player to reach a Grand Slam final. Now, Nishikori has won two consecutive ATP Tour titles for the first time in his career.
From the sushi train to the bullet train, government ministries, karaoke bars, and even inside temples and tea houses, everywhere you go in Japan these days the hot topic is all about one man: Kei Nishikori.
Recent IMG Academy alumna, Regina Sanchez, has made an impact for the Penn State - Altoona Lions as a freshman. The class of 2014 graduate earned Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) Player of the Week honors, announced by the conference on Monday. She earned the award after going undefeated in the No. 2 singles flight the week prior, and is 9-4 in singles through the early part of the season.
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The Asian Games wrapped up in Incheon, South Korea this week, and standing atop the gold medal podiums for men's singles and doubles tennis were IMG Academy alumni Yoshihito Nishioka and Hyeon Chung, respectively. Like Kei Nishikori before him, Nishioka left Japan after earning an opportunity through the Morita Fund, which funds the athletic training and education of promising young Japanese tennis players, and enrolled at IMG Academy at age-14.
Sixteen-year old IMG Academy student-athlete, Ingrid Neel, a native of Rochester, Minn., captured the biggest win of her young career at the $10,000 Amelia Island Women’s Championship over the weekend. Neel persevered through eight total rounds of tennis, three in qualifying and five main draw matches, capturing the title when 29-year old Edina Gallovits-Hall of Romania retired in the final, tied at 4-4 in the first set. The win marked the first professional title for the young phenom.
IMG Academy's Sabine Lisicki, a native of Troisdorf, Germany, won her first WTA title in three years at the Hong Kong Open on Sunday. In the final, the 24-year old Lisicki, ranked #24 in the WTA standings, took down Karolina Pliskova in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3. Lisicki, like recent U.S. Open finalist Kei Nishikori of Japan, has been training at IMG Academy for over a decade.