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Athletes with IMG Academy ties haul in the hardware at 2016 Olympic Games

The 2016 Rio Olympics concluded on Sunday, Aug. 21, and a number of IMG Academy alumni, trainees and team training guests won on the biggest stage in international sports. Athletes with IMG Academy ties collected 17 total medals. If IMG Academy were a country, it would have ranked tied for 17th in the world in Rio, alongside Spain and Kazakhstan. Here are some sport-by-sport highlights of how IMG Academy connected athletes and teams fared in Rio.

TENNIS: Six medals (1 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze)

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IMG Academy upends Miami Gardens Carol City in 2016 Kickoff Classic, 17-7

Coming off its first undefeated regular season in program history, the IMG Academy Ascenders got underway for season number four at home against Miami Gardens Carol City for the 2016 Kickoff Classic. After falling behind 7-0 in the first half, the Ascenders rallied in the second half to upend the Chiefs, 17-7.

IMG Academy alumnus Michael Mmoh punches ticket to U.S. Open with USTA Boys 18s National Championship win

IMG Academy alumnus Michael Mmoh punched his ticket to the U.S. Open Main Draw over the weekend after winning the USTA Boy’s Under-18s Junior National Tennis Championship on Sunday in Kalamazoo, Mich. In the final, Mmoh upended Vasil Kirkov of Tampa, Florida in dominating fashion, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3.

IMG Academy alumnus Yoshihito Nishioka turns in milestone performance at Atlanta ATP tournament

IMG Academy alumnus Yoshihito Nishioka, a native of Tsu, Japan, had a breakthrough performance by reaching the semifinals of an ATP World Tour event for the first time in his career at the recent BB&T Atlanta Open. Nishioka, 20, reached the semis with a convincing win over Horacio Zeballos, 6-4, 6-4.

Top-ranked Colombian junior Emiliana Arango joins IMG Academy Tennis program

Colombia’s top-ranked junior tennis player, Emiliana Arango, is headed to the IMG Academy to train full time with coach, and IMG Academy alumnus, Mauricio Hadad, one of the world’s most accomplished tennis coaches. 

Arango, a 15-year-old tennis sensation from Medellin, is just one of two juniors from South America under the age of 16 ranked in the world’s Top 60. She made her WTA debut earlier this season and was nominated for her first Fed Cup team, winning two matches. Arango won the prestigious Uruguay Bowl last season.

Sebastian Korda bags first title of 2016 at USTA Clay Court Championships

Sixteen-year old Sebastian Korda bagged a big win in Delray Beach, Florida this weekend, winning the USTA National Clay Court Championships Boys 18s title. In the final, Korda masterfully picked apart Alexandre Rotsaert of Boca Raton, Florida, 6-4, 6-1. The win marked Korda’s first tournament title of 2016. Korda’s previous best result prior to the Clay Courts title was a semifinals appearance at the Plantation ITF Tournament in May. 

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