The IMG Academy Bollettieri Tennis program’s own Miomir Kecmanovic went the distance at the 2013 Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships, winning the Boys 14 singles title. Kecmanovic, the No. 1 seed, put the exclamation point on his impressive run with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Patrick Kypson of Greenville, N.C. in the final.
“It feels pretty good to win, because at first I had to adjust but was playing very calm by the end,” Kecmanovic said. “I’m feeling very confident right now, and I hope to keep playing this well in the Orange Bowl.”
It was a remarkable run for the 14-year old Serbian. Kecmanovic never lost more than three games in a set, and only allowed a single match to go past an hour; the final, which lasted 63 minutes.
Kecmanovic arrived at IMG Academy to join the program in August. Since then, the Belgrade native has been working with IMG Academy coaches Jose Lambert, Glenn Weiner and Chip Brooks and has seen noticeable improvement in his game.
“All the practices here have been good, and everything here is much better than where I came from,” remarked Kecmanovic. “The coaches here also helped me to improve a lot, especially with the little things.”
Coach Chip Brooks has been with the Bollettieri Tennis Program since its inception, and has likewise been impressed with his pupil.
“He doesn’t show his opponents any weaknesses where they can attack, and he doesn’t self-destruct,” said Brooks in an interview with the Bradenton Herald. “At this age, that’s important, because usually, there’s a weakness – a movement, a forehand, a backhand – that they can attack or at least hit to…His serve is solid, his returns are very good and off both sides, forehand and backhand, he hits a very heavy ball.”
It was Kecmanovic’s first time to play in the Eddie Herr, but he will not have much time to rest as he prepares to travel to Miami, Fla. for 52nd annual Junior Orange Bowl Tennis Championships, Dec. 14-23. Kecmanovic is ranked No. 4 in Boys 14s and No. 50 overall among junior in Europe.