IMG Academy alumnus Fabrice Martin is finally set to make his first appearance in the main draw of an ATP Tour event after 12 years of competition in ITF and Futures events. In the final round of qualifying at the ATP Dubai Tennis Championships, Martin stunned ATP #85 ranked Borna Coric to achieve the feat.
IMG Academy's Kei Nishikori recently won the Memphis Open title for a third straight year, the first player in ATP Tour history to achieve the feat. This week, the Japan Times featured Nishikori for his mastery of deciding sets, and the #5 ranked phenom from Shimane, Japan recounted how his IMG Academy experience emboldened his fighting spirit.
IMG Academy's Kei Nishikori continues making history after winning the Memphis Open for a third consecutive year; the first player in history to achieve the feat. Nishikori, currently #5 in the latest ATP Tour rankings, is the highest ranked male Japanese player in history. Notably, Nishikori became the first-ever male Asian player to reach a Grand Slam final at the U.S. Open and to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals.
IMG Academy student-athletes continue to make their way to the top Ivy League programs, most recently with Nicole Johnston being accepted to enroll at Cornell University. With her acceptance to enroll, the Big Red women’s tennis program will gain the #5 overall player from Georgia, and #15 from the Southeast for the class of 2015, according to Tennisrecruiting.net.
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.
Played for four years at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez where he earned his degree in Physical Education Coaching and graduated in 2010. During that same year he worked as a Volunteer Assistant Tennis Coach at the UPR Mayaguez. He decided to enroll for a Master’s in Sports Training at Turabo University where he worked as an Assistant Tennis Coach for the men’s and women’s varsity teams. After completing his Master’s he worked for two years as the Head Men’s Tennis Coach at the University of California at Santa Cruz.
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).