IMG Academy recently hosted a team from the Hangzhou-Chen Jinlun Sports School based in Hangzhou, China. The team was comprised of 11 of Hangzhou's most promising 10-12-year old tennis players. Hangzhou and Bradenton, Fla. are separated by more than 8,000 miles, but that has not kept Hangzhou from visiting IMG Academy several times in recent years. The renowned school returns regularly to the world-class facilities as a getaway for the players to sharpen their skills, while enjoying the sunny, temperate Gulf Coast climate and all the other benefits and resources that IMG Academy provides.
Hangzhou Head Coach Chen Hao explained why they keep coming back to IMG Academy: "The reason we choose to come to IMG Academy is because it is very professional in tennis. We come here and gain a deeper understanding of tennis, and we get the opportunity to work with the best players and coaches. Here, we not only experienced the best tennis training, but also learn tennis as a culture. Our players also benefited from the campus living, social interaction with international students, English improvement - there were lots of benefits. We were here last year, and we came again this year because we want to be a bigger part of the world of tennis and we believe that IMG provide a window tothe whole world."
Hangzhou players that made the trip included Chen Tong, Chen Meng Yi, Han Shi Zun, Jin Yu Feng, Ma Meng Ke, Ni Dong Sheng, Shen Ling Tao, Wang Xi Yu (pictured right), Wang Zi Cheng, Wu Hai Qi and Zhang Zi Yang.