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IMG Academy's Kei Nishikori and trainee Serena Williams named Players of the Year by ESPN

IMG Academy's Kei Nishikori, and trainee Serena Williams were recently named ATP and WTA Player of the Year by Peter Bodo of ESPN.com.

For more, check out Bodo's story...

In some years, the players of the year are those who clearly dominated the playing field. Think Roger Federer in 2006, Novak Djokovic in 2011, or Serena Williams almost any time (on the Mayan as well as Gregorian calendars).

IMG Academy's Top-14 moments of 2014

The past year has been a remarkable year of accomplishment for IMG Academy. On and off the playing field, IMG Academy student-athletes, alumni, trainees and staff have combined to record a year that is truly one to remember. With so much news to share in 2014, we have counted down to the Top-14 Moments of 2014....

Italy's Kinder Trophy finalists enjoy week of camp at IMG Academy

After more than 100 national tournaments in Italy, a select group of players from the country earned an opportunity to participate in a week-long tennis camp at IMG Academy. In total, more than 14,000 players participated in the tournament, but only eight played their way into the camp opportunity.

Bid on a chance for Kei Nishikori experience at Miami Open and signed memorabilia

In 2014, IMG Academy’s Kei Nishikori recorded one of the most historic years in men’s tennis. Now, you have a chance to place your bid for a chance to experience the ATP #5 ranked Nishikori in action at the Miami Open, held in Miami, Fla. Mar. 25 – Apr. 4. The winning bid will receive four VIP tickets to Nishikori’s first-round match on Mar. 25, and take home his signed U.S. Open official shirt and shorts, and be invited to attend his post-match press conference.

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For the last 13 years, Gabriela has been involved actively in tennis winning several national tournaments in her country of Ecuador. Her best national ranking was number 2 under 16’s and 18’s. As a scholarship athlete at Oklahoma Christian University her team placed third in the 2012 NAIA National Championships in Mobile, Alabama. Immediately after graduating and receiving her degree in Sports, Wellness and Recreation Management, Gabriela started working at IMG as a summer coach.

Third time's a charm for IMG Academy's Ingrid Neel

BRADENTON - Ingrid Neel's move up to the Girls 18s in her third Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships is actually a step down for the 16-year-old from Rochester, Minnesota.

Neel has already won an entry-level pro tournament, the Amelia Island 10K, winning five matches, in September.

Just 15, Miomir Kecmanovic playing up with 18s at Eddie Herr and winning

BRADENTON -- He zinged the ball with his forehand.

He struck backhands with precision.

There were some powerful serves and deft touches with drop shots thrown in for good measure, too.

Miomir Kecmanovic showcased it all during the first day of the Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championship's main draw Monday at IMG Academy.

Playing in the boys 18 division for the first time, the 15-year-old Kecmanovic dispatched Vitalli Shcherba, 6-1, 6-3, in 55 minutes to advance to the second round.

IMG Academy's Bruno Fonseca finds the right fit with Wagner University

IMG Academy's Bruno Fonseca has made his college decision to join the Wagner University Royals men's tennis program. Fonseca has been a student-athlete at IMG Academy since 2011, and is set to enroll at Wagner in January 2015. 

"I feel like Wagner was the best fit for me, because they have great academics and a strong tennis program," said Fonseca on why he chose the Royals. "My plan is to major in business administration, and I want to finish college before pursuing professional tennis." 

IMG Academy alumna Maria Sharapova brightens cancer survivor's day

IMG Academy alumna Maria Sharapova is one of the most successful alumni in the program's history after attending from 1995-2002. Over the weekend, the five time Grand Slam champion made a wish come true for 10-year old cancer survivor Sunny Logan. After a hitting session with IMG Academy coach Weylu Chang, Logan was surprised by Sharapova and the two spent time hitting balls and getting to know one another. 

IMG Academy's Andy Andrade wins ITF GoGo Open in Ecuador

IMG Academy's Andy Andrade turned in a dominant performance in his native Ecuador at the 2014 GoGo Open in Guayaquil, Ecuador, held Nov. 17-22. Andrade turned in straight set victories in each of his five main draw matches. In the final, Andrade took down Camilo Ponce, 6-0, 6-3, to take home his first singles title of 2014. Andrade also partnered with Ponce in doubles competition, where they reached the finals before falling short to the team of Simon Bustamante and Diego Quiroz. 

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