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 Teddy Friedman from New York City, N.Y.
How long have you been playing tennis for?
I am 14 and I have been playing competitively for four years.
Who is your coach?
Coach Jakub Grzeslo and Cougar Arande.
What is your favorite thing about IMG Academy and why?
What isn’t my favorite thing? I just like how hard everyone really stays in and give the effort. Some places you go and you’re trying as hard as you can, but the coaches and the players don’t seem to be putting in the same effort. What’s great here is that people pay to get better; they don’t pay to mess around.
Do you have any pre-game rituals that help you prepare for a big game?
Usually I just try and eat well, get rested the night before. I try to stay focused and I keep high intensity before I play.
What professional athlete inspires you the most?
Roger Federer. He is just keeps fighting and I like how he is such a good sport. Except for one occasion, he’s never really slammed a racquet. I keep that as an inspiration knowing that no matter how good you are, you don’t have to be full of yourself and have an attitude to be a champion.
What is your favorite thing to do after you win a game?
I usually get ready for my next match. I always try and think about what I did right and what I did wrong. At this level, all it is, is competing and in the end you have to be proud of the results
What motivates you to push through a tough practice?
Well first of all I have my Gatorade. All you have to think about is why you’re here. You don’t come to a camp like IMG just to joke around and hit a tennis ball. You come here to be a champion and champions day in and day out don’t go on the court and full around. They go out and work their hardest no matter what.