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 2nd is 16-year-old Vanessa Griffin from New York.
How long have you been playing tennis for?
I am 16 and I have been playing since I was five.
Who are your coaches?
Coach Margie Zesinger.
What are your favorite things about IMG Academy and why?
I have to push myself to play my best and work hard.
Do you have any pre-game rituals that help you prepare for a big game?
I like to blast the music in my ears and jump rope.
What professional athlete inspires you the most?
What is your favorite thing to do after you win a game?
I like to go over thing that I did right and try to apply it to the next game.
What motivates you to push through a tough practice?
Know that there is always someone out there that’s better than me.