Every week at least one athlete from each sport will earn the Gatorade G-Award/IMG Academy Athlete of the Week for displaying Heart, Hustle and Soul, and exhibiting a true desire to reach their true athletic potential.
The IMG Academy Bollettieri Tennis winner of the Gatorade G-Award/IMG Academy Athlete of the Week Award is Aya Honjo from Tokyo, Japan.
How long have you been playing tennis for?
Six years and I am 17 now.
Who is your coach?
Coach Eric Eichelbaum.
What is your favorite thing about IMG Academy and why?
I love how there are so many coaches that you can turn to. There are a lot of kids from different places so you can fit in easily.
Do you have any pre-game rituals that help you prepare for a big game?
I just try to calm myself down and take deep breaths. I just tell myself that I have worked hard.
What professional athlete inspires you the most?
What is your favorite thing to do after you win a game?
I like to do drills afterwards, win or lose.
What motivates you to push through a tough practice?
The fact that I really like this sport and by hitting as many balls as I can I will improve.