Every week of camp, IMG Academy selects the Athlete of the Week sponsored by Gatorade. The honoree is bestowed the G-Award in recognition of the athlete who displays Heart, Hustle and Soul, and exhibits a true desire to reach their true athletic potential.
The IMG Academy Tennis winner of the Gatorade G-Award/IMG Academy Athletes of the Week Award is Caroline Gibbens from Little Rock, Arkansas.
How long have you been playing tennis for?
I started playing tennis when I was four and I am 13.
Who is your coach?
Coach Paul Forsyth.
What is your favorite thing about IMG Academy and why?
I like that everyone tries to help me get better. It’s not just by myself, everyone is there to try to help.
Do you have any pre-game rituals that help you prepare for a big game?
I usually go off and sit by myself and focus before my match. Then I will do some jump roping to warm up and then I will talk to my coach.
What professional athlete inspires you the most?
What is your favorite thing to do after you win a game?
We don’t ever really celebrate. I am happy about it, but my coach always tells me to just move onto the next match and not think about that one too much.
What motivates you to push through a tough practice?
I just drink water and try to tell myself it’s going to make me tougher and better in the end.