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...
Nearly four decades ago, legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri had a visionary idea to create a unique training environment for aspiring athletes to develop into leaders on and off the court. His vision evolved into the present-day IMG Academy, where student-athletes are afforded the opportunity to develop academically, athletically and socially in a place like no other in the world.
Richard Macey, a tennis program manager at IMG Academy, recently won the United States Professional Tennis Association’s Florida Facility Manager of the Year award. Macey, who has been a USPTA Elite Professional for 14 years, was also nominated for the National Facility Manager of the Year Award, which will be announced at the USPTA National Convention late September in New Orleans.
“Winning this award and being nominated for the National Facility Manager of the Year Award is a great honor not only for me, but for IMG Academy as well,” said Macey.
After four decades, it isn’t often that IMG Academy student-athletes are the ‘first’ to accomplish something. But the Class of 2015 has four trailblazers who will go on to become the first-ever Ascenders to enroll in a service academy. David Mitchell (tennis), David Santos (baseball) and Nikiay Comer (soccer) are all set to enroll at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and were later joined by David Park (basketball) who chose the U.S.
IMG Academy trainee Fanny Stollar (HUN) won her first career professional singles title over the weekend, defeating Romania’s Georgia Craciun at the Galati, Romania Women’s ITF $10K event, 2-6 6-4 7-5. Entering the tournament unseeded, the victory marked Stollar's second career final of a professional singles tournament, after previously reaching the finals of the $10K event in Orlando, Fla. in March.
With just over a few months remaining until the opening of the new Academic Center on IMG Academy’s campus, we checked in with Headmaster Rich Odell for a tour and progress update:
“We are seeing tangible progress every day that passes and our faculty and students are excited to get the building open for the start of the [2015-16] academic year,” said Odell, who has been with IMG Academy since 1999 and was instrumental in the planning of this new center.
At a special ceremony at the IMG Academy Golf Club, May 20, the IMG Academy Bollettieri Tennis program honored its student-athletes who went above and beyond in pursuit of honing their skills in tennis, on and off the court. The event began with a welcome address by Rohan Goetzke, Director of Bollettieri Tennis, followed by dinner, then a speech by legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri.
Before joining IMG Academy in 2015, Peter worked with numerous tennis clubs and academies teaching both juniors and adults the game of tennis. From 2010 – 2014, Peter worked as a tennis coach locally at Lakewood Ranch Country Club (2010-11) and Celsius Tennis Academy (2012-14). Prior to coaching, Peter earned a full athletic scholarship to Flagler College in 2009 and was selected captain of his team during his senior year. Since graduating, he has coached some of Florida’s top junior athletes.