The IMG Academy Bollettieri Tennis program is well represented in the 2013 Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships, currently taking place on campus. The first round of main draw singles took place over the course of Monday and Tuesday, and IMG Academy student-athletes made their mark. Leading the way was Sany Gawande. The week before Eddie Herr, Gawande traveled to Augusta, Ga. to compete in the USTA National Opens Girls 12s.
BAYSHORE GARDENS -- He exudes a relaxed, easygoing attitude.
That's off the tennis court.
On it, Michael Mmoh emits a fiery competitiveness.
"A very calm and cool guy off the court, but definitely when it gets near competition, he's very motivated by it and doesn't shy away from it," said Glenn Weiner, one of Mmoh's coaches at IMG Academy.
Mmoh's lone opponent thus far at the 2013 Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships, France's Maxime Janvier, felt Mmoh's wrath on the clay surface in the boys 18s.
Recently, the IMG Academy Bollettieri Tennis program's Rafaella Baquerizo (pictured left with trophy) recorded a big win at the Grade 3 ITF Patuju Junior Open, held Nov. 5-9 in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Baquerizo was all but unstoppable on her way to the singles title, making it through the event without dropping a single set.
Over the weekend, the IMG Academy Bollettieri Tennis program's Michael Mmoh scored a huge win in Japan at the annual Osaka Mayor's Cup World Super Junior Tennis Championship, held Oct. 21-27. Mmoh became the first American to win the singles title at the prestigious event since 2007, when fellow IMG Academy trainee Ryan Harrison brought home the hardware.
In 1984, the first-ever adult tennis program was held at IMG Academy. In the inaugural program, one attendee was Dr. Leon Melideo of Long Island, N.Y. Since then, Melideo has returned to train with the IMG Academy Bollettieri Tennis program each and every year, sometimes twice in a year, for a sunny Florida getaway, and to work on his tennis game. In his 30th consecutive year to visit, we caught up with Dr.
It was a tough choice for the IMG Academy Bollettieri Tennis program's William Bushamuka, a five-star prospect according to TennisRecruiting.net and a top-five player from New Jersey, but the Princeton, N.J. native made his verbal commitment to the Kentucky Wildcats Men's Tennis program this week. .