For Ojasvinee Singh of the IMG Academy Bollettieri Tennis program, 2014 has already proven to be a fantastic year. This week, the Dehli, India native broke into the ITF Junior Rankings top-100 for the first-time, reaching a new career high of No. 96 on the heels of a semifinals appearance at the Asian Closed Junior Championships 2014 in her hometown of Delhi. Singh began 2014 ranked No. 335 ITF (week of Jan. 5), and has risen 239 spots in the rankings. Through six events, Singh has reached the semifinals of singles and doubles three times, and the doubles semis and finals twice, each.
The Atlantic-10 Conference Men's Tennis tournement is underway, and the Dayton Flyers have advanced to the quarterfinals after surviving a 4-3 battle over #9 Saint Louis in the opening match at Boar's Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, Va. Leading the charge was IMG Academy alumnus Bernardo Sanson (class of 2013). Sanson and Joe Flanagan of Saint Louis traded sets, before Sanson took the tiebreak in the third set, to win 7-5, 6-7, 7-6 more than three hours after the match began. With the win, the Flyers advance to face #1 George Washington.
This spring, several IMG Academy Bollettieri Tennis program student-athletes have recorded impressive results recently. Leading the way was Japan's Naoki Nakagawa. Nakagawa arrived in Carson, Calif. on the final week of March for the USTA International Spring Championships, Mar. 31 - Apr. 6, an ITF Grade-1 event. The 17-year entered the event as the No. 2 overall seed, staying patient, yet aggressive, as he dispatched one opponent after another through a series of long, grueling matches. In the final, Nakagawa had to face the top-seed player in the event and ITF No.
IMG Academy has hosted many aspiring players looking for an edge to take their game to the next level, and recently, The Royal Air Force Lawn Tennis Association (RAFLTA) were the latest group to venture to Bradenton, Fla. to take advantage of a focused training environment and cutting-edge resources. The group trained with the IMG Academy Bollettieri Tennis program in preparation for their upcoming competitions including key fixtures against Britain’s other Armed Services: The Royal Navy and The Army.
The IMG Academy Bollettieri Tennis program's Daniela Pedraza, a native of Bogota, Colombia, was unstoppable in central America over the weekend, securing the singles and doubles titles at the Panama Bowl 2014, an ITF Grade-4 event. In the singles competition, Pedraza only needed a third set to decide a match once in five rounds. In the final, she easily dispatched Amanda Meyer of the United States, 6-1-6-1. In doubles action, Pedraza partnered with Sofia Sanchez, also from Colombia.
The IMG Academy Bollettieri Tennis program's Alejandro Tabilo, a native of Ontario, Canada, secured his twelfth junior national title by winning the Rogers U18 Junior Indoor National Championship in his hometown over the weekend. The top-seeded Tabilo defeated fellow Ontarian and No. 3 seed David Volfson 2-6, 6-1, 7-5 to net his third straight U18 national title. Currently Canada’s highest-ranked junior player, he also captured both the indoor and outdoor trophies last year.
Far from slowing down, 82-year-old Nick Bollettieri is enjoying a return to the public eye this spring.
The legendary Bradenton tennis guru, who was voted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on March 3, released a new book "Changing the Game" on Wednesday.
The book is dedicated to tennis greats Billie Jean King and Arthur Ashe -- "Those two tore down barriers to allow children to have hope," Bollettieri said -- and details Bollettieri's career, which began when he moved to Longboat Key in 1977 from Puerto Rico and started summer tennis camps.
Several student-athletes in the IMG Academy Bollettieri Tennis program have taken advantage of Spring Break to get in additional competition. None have taken greater advantage of the break than India's Ojasvinee "OJ" Singh, who recently leaped into the ITF top-200 to reach a new career-high at No. 160 after reaching the semifinals in Uzbekistan. For her follow-up performance, Singh took on the 18th Namangan ITF Juniors in Uzbekistan last week, and made an impressive run to the finals. With her performance, Singh once again lept up the rankings, reaching No.
On Tuesday, Eurosport arrived on location to film the next episode of Mats Points, hosted by former tennis World No. 1 Mats Wilander. Wilander took time to speak with Director of the Bollettieri Tennis program Rohan Goetzke, toured the facilities and held a hitting session with several student-athletes.