A group of 32 Japanese summer campers at IMG Academy had a very special visitor this morning when Kei Nishikori surprised them after their morning tennis session. Nishikori, a native of Shimane, Japan and the highest ranked ATP Tour player in the nation's history (career high #4, March 2015), offered advice to the group and took time to take pictures with everyone. Now 25 years old, Nishikori has been training at IMG Academy since the age of 14, and has won nine career professional titles.
Michael Mmoh is surging to the top of the pack of U.S. Tennis after a hot summer. Mmoh won his second career pro title at Lewis and Clark Pro Tennis Classic, a USTA $15k Futures event, in Illinois by defeating the eighth seed, Jared Hiltzik, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. With the win, Mmoh moved into the top-500 of the ATP. Previously, Mmoh reached the quarterfinals of the Wimbledon Junior Championship, and won the prestigious Junior Championship at Roehampton (UK). Mmoh's first career pro title was won in October 2014 at the USA F29 Futures in Brownsville, Texas.
Dr. James Carter of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute breaks down the myths around sugar and athletic performance with the help of student-athletes at IMG Academy. Check out the feature below...
Recent IMG Academy alumna Nisha Rajamohan, a native of Waterford, Conn., made the most of her summer camp experience in 2013. In 2013, Rajamohan earned an opportunity to spend a week training at the acclaimed IMG Academy, the home of 10 former world #1 ranked players. She then decided to see how far tennis could take her by enrolling full-time at IMG for her senior year.
IMG Academy's Fanny Stollar added another doubles title to her collection, partnering with Dalma Galfi, at the 2015 Wimbledon Junior Championship. It was a big moment for the Hungarian duo, as they became the first-ever pair from Hungary to win a Grand Slam junior doubles title. To accomplish the feat, Stollar and Galfi defeated Vera Lapko of Belarus and Tereza Mihalikova of Slovakia, 6-3, 6-2 in the final.
United States tennis sensation Michael Mmoh has been a student-athlete at IMG Academy since 2010, after being discovered by legendary coach Nick Bollettieri during the Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships the year prior. Since then, the son of former pro Tony Mmoh, has reached a career-high ranking of #3 ITF Juniors after winning the Nike Junior International Roehampton in dominant fashion prior to the Wimbledon Junior Championships.
Airweave, the official mattress pad of IMG Academy, filmed their latest TV commercial with IMG Academy alumnus Kei Nishikori. The Shimane, Japan native, currently ranked #5 in the world (ATP World Tour), is the official spokesperson for Airweave, and Nippon TV was on the scene to capture exclusive behind the scenes action during the shoot. To see highlights of Nishikori's latest commercial film shoot, check out the video below...