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 for the week of August 12 is 12-year-old Trifonas Stabropoulos from Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico.
How long have you been playing tennis for?
I've been playing tennis for two-and-a-half years.
Who is your coach?
What is your favorite thing about IMG Academy and why?
My favorite thing about IMG Academy is having the opportunity to work hard, play tennis and have fun.
Do you have any pre-game rituals to help you prepare for a big game?
I stay calm and focus on the game. I also analyze how the opponent plays the game.
What professional athlete inspires you the most?
Roger Federer inspires me the most because every time he loses a point, he never feels bad and keeps pushing himself.
What is your favorite thing to do after you win a match?
I feel good and I am happy every time I win a match because I know it brings me closer to my dream of becoming a professional tennis player.
What motivates you to push through a tough practice?
Winning matches motivates me to push through a tough practice, although I don't care if I lose because I know at least I gave it my 100%. My grandfather told me about the sport and I absolutely love it. Every time I go to my city, I play with my grandfather.