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Isabel (Izzy) Newell of St. Louis, Mo. wins IMG Academy Tennis Gatorade G-Award Week of June 10

Zachary Dash

Every week at least one athlete from each sport will earn the Gatorade G-Award/IMG Academy Athlete of the Week for displaying Heart, Hustle and Soul, and exhibiting 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 Isabel (Izzy) Newell from St. Louis Missouri.

How long have you been playing tennis for? 

11 years, since I was 4.

Who is your coach?

Coach Juan Herrera.

What is your favorite thing about IMG Academy and why?

Always being surrounded by good coaches and good athletes.

Do you have any pre-game rituals that help you prepare for a big game?

I just do my regular stretches and find out who my opponent is.

What professional athlete inspires you the most?

[Roger] Federer. I have met him twice and everything he does is amazing.

What is your favorite thing to do after you win a game?

Eat what I want.

What motivates you to push through a tough practice?

If the practice was over, and I didn’t try, the practice would feel worthless. But if I keep pushing through the practice, I would feel like I actually got something out of it.