The Australian Open, currently taking place in Melbourne, Australia, is the first Grand Slam on the ATP and WTA Tour calendars, it was also a 'coming of age' for IMG Academy trainee Madison Brengle. The 24-year old Brengle, a winner of seven professional titles, made an impressive run to the fourth round of the storied event this year before falling short to Madison Keys. However, her efforts were chronicled by the New York Times this week.
Kei Nishikori arrived at IMG Academy at the age of 14 to maximize potential, and barely a decade later, he is featured on the cover of TIME Magazine after a historic run in 2014. Over the previous year, Nishikori became the first Asian male player to reach a Grand Slam final at the U.S. Open in September and to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals. In addition to four singles championships, the Shimane, Japan native finished the year ranked #5 in the ATP Tour rankings.
Christmas came early for Kei Nishikori.
Much earlier than the Christmas Day training session of running up and down hills that began 8 a.m.
Earlier than the moment the 24-year-old tennis player took possession of the shiny black 2015 Jaguar F-Type S convertible that he recently received as part of an endorsement deal that makes Nishikori the face of Jaguar in Japan.
IMG Academy's Kei Nishikori, and trainee Serena Williams were recently named ATP and WTA Player of the Year by Peter Bodo of ESPN.com.
In some years, the players of the year are those who clearly dominated the playing field. Think Roger Federer in 2006, Novak Djokovic in 2011, or Serena Williams almost any time (on the Mayan as well as Gregorian calendars).
The past year has been a remarkable year of accomplishment for IMG Academy. On and off the playing field, IMG Academy student-athletes, alumni, trainees and staff have combined to record a year that is truly one to remember. With so much news to share in 2014, we have counted down to the Top-14 Moments of 2014....
After more than 100 national tournaments in Italy, a select group of players from the country earned an opportunity to participate in a week-long tennis camp at IMG Academy. In total, more than 14,000 players participated in the tournament, but only eight played their way into the camp opportunity.
The Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships continues at IMG Academy drew to a close earlier today. Over 1,200 players from more than 80 countries arrived at IMG Academy to compete for titles in the Boys and Girls 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s divisions, and on Sunday, the singles champions were crowned.
In 2014, IMG Academy’s Kei Nishikori recorded one of the most historic years in men’s tennis. Now, you have a chance to place your bid for a chance to experience the ATP #5 ranked Nishikori in action at the Miami Open, held in Miami, Fla. Mar. 25 – Apr. 4. The winning bid will receive four VIP tickets to Nishikori’s first-round match on Mar. 25, and take home his signed U.S. Open official shirt and shorts, and be invited to attend his post-match press conference.
For the last 13 years, Gabriela has been involved actively in tennis winning several national tournaments in her country of Ecuador. Her best national ranking was number 2 under 16’s and 18’s. As a scholarship athlete at Oklahoma Christian University her team placed third in the 2012 NAIA National Championships in Mobile, Alabama. Immediately after graduating and receiving her degree in Sports, Wellness and Recreation Management, Gabriela started working at IMG as a summer coach.
BRADENTON - Ingrid Neel's move up to the Girls 18s in her third Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships is actually a step down for the 16-year-old from Rochester, Minnesota.
Neel has already won an entry-level pro tournament, the Amelia Island 10K, winning five matches, in September.