Heather Watson believes her time spent at IMG Academy in Florida prepared her for the cut-and-thrust of life on tour.
A former US Open junior champion, Watson broke into the world’s top 50 after winning her maiden WTA singles title at the Japan Open in October.
She has been forced to spend time on the sidelines this season after being diagnosed with glandular fever, but after returning to action at the French Open, is hoping to be fully fit in time for Wimbledon.
Day three of the 2013 Nick Bollettieri Discovery Open is in the books, the the stage is set for Monday's finals. Sunday yielded perfect conditions for tennis, and the play on the courts was intense. On the girls' side of the competition, IMG Academy's Nandini Das advanced to the Girls 15s final, where she will face Brooke Lashway of Bradenton, Fla. Das and Lashway met on the opening day of the competition, with Das emerging victorious, 6-2, 6-3.
The second day of the 2013 IMG Academy Nick Bollettieri Discovery Open got underway at IMG Academy with Boys pool play continuing at 9:00 am, and the girls at 2:00 pm.
IMG Academy's Gianluigi Quinzi of Italy won his first professional title today by defeating Lamine Ouahab, 7-6, 1-6, 6-4, in the final of the Men’s $10,000 Futures in Casablanca, Morocco. Quinzi, who turned 17-years old on February 1, is currently ranked No. 460 on the ATP World Tour Rankings, and today's action marked his third appearance in a singles final this year. Quinzi is currently ranked No. 5 on the ITF Junior World Rankings, and is set to compete in the Junior French Open next week in Paris when he faces France's Alexandre Favrot (No. 439 ITF; No.
The second annual Discovery Open got underway on the campus of IMG Academy today. This year’s elite singles-only Discovery Open features the addition of Boys and Girls 9s Divisions, along with the Boys and Girls 11s, 13s and 15s Divisions. The boy and girl winners from each age bracket will return to IMG Academy for a week of tennis camp, where they will get an evaluation from legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri and other IMG Academy coaches. By attending the camp, participants will have the opportunity to earn a full academic and sport scholarship to IMG Academy.
After winning the Lincolnshire Boys 12s earlier this year, IMG Academy's Graham Hadesman recorded impressive results at the Serendipity L7 State Warm-Up, a USTA sanctioned event, May 25-27. After dropping his match in the round of 16, Hadesman entered the consolation bracket and dominated the field.
IMG Academy's own Nick Bollettieri, the legendary tennis coach who helped develop 10 World No. 1s, as well as a multitude of other world-class players, recently returned from Italy after taking part in two instructional clinics, with the assistance of Fiorella Bonfanti. Bollettieri began his Italian excursion with a stop in Naples on May 8 at the Accademia Tennis Napoli. Bollettieri worked with local coaches to help deliver his world-renowned instruction to more than 125 players in attendance.