When Tropical Storm Debby brought strong winds and substantial rain to the state of Florida, IMG Academy tennis campers and students were hard at work inside. The rain and wind, which lasted four days, could not stop IMG's tennis staff from delivering the best possible program.
âTropical Storm Debby posed many challenges for our tennis staff,â said Miguel Rosa, IMG Academy tennis coach and business manager. âOur main focus was the safety of the kids and finding ways to deliver the best on court program that we could, given the circumstances.â
While safety was the tennis staff's primary concern, maintaining a focus on helping campers and students develop into a complete athlete remained their goal. This meant modifying the camp's schedule to include training on indoor courts, fitness drills, and extra time learning strategies and analyzing videos.
âBy scheduling our indoor courts from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., we were able to deliver a solid three hours of tennis on Tuesday,â Rosa explained. âWe added an hour of conditioning and another hour of strategy session, allowing all of the kids to receive an amazing five hours of instruction!â
The campers and students appreciated the coaches' perseverance to help them improve their game.
âI have learned a lot this week,â said Valerie Vassiliev, a 14-year-old camper from Russia. âThe coaches have tried to make the schedule as close to what it would have been without the storm.â
Overall, the campers and students learned an important lesson from their time training during the storm that was best summed up by Harrison Hurt, a 14-year-old camper from New York: âWhether you are practicing indoors or outdoors, you still have to train hard.â