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.
BRADENTON, Fla. — Imagine a sports utopia. Clear skies, warm weather, palm trees swaying in the sunlight and tennis courts as far as the eye can see.
School-aged children darting back and forth between school and sports with aspirations that one day, maybe, they’ll become one of the world’s next great athletes.
The Championships at Wimbledon concluded on July 10, and it was a banner day for British tennis. On the heels of Andy Murray claiming his third career Grand Slam title, IMG Academy alumna Heather Watson hoisted her first-ever Grand Slam hardware at the All England Club after winning the mixed doubles championship alongside partner Henri Kontinen of Finland.
With the Wimbledon finals set, IMG Academy Director of Tennis Rohan Goetzke, who coached Richard Krajicek to the 1996 men's singles title, sat down with host Taryn Morgan, Assistant Director of Athletic & Personal Development, IMG Academy, to talk about the finals, his experiences coaching a Wimbledon champion and more.
IMG Academy student Carolyn Campana scored a huge win in her native California at the NorCal Girls' 18 & 16 Junior Sectionals at UC Santa Cruz. Playing in the 18s division in an incredibly competitive draw, Campana was untouchable, winning each of her matches in straight sets on her way to the coveted title. Most notably, Campana cruised past #2-seed Katie Volynets in the semifinal by a score of 6-2, 6-3. Volynets was the #1 ranked tennis prospect for 2018 according to TennisRecruiting.net.
On the heels of winning her second NCAA women's tennis singles national championship, IMG Academy alumna Danielle Collins was named the ITA National Women's College Player Of The Year, announced recently. Collins was a member of the IMG Academy class of 2012, and became the seventh woman in NCAA history to win two singles national championships after previously earning the title in 2014.
For more, check out the announcement from the University of Virginia, here:
IMG Academy alumna Nisha Rajamohan has been an instant impact player for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, contributing to the women's tennis program as a true freshman. However, in spite of being born without a fully-developed right arm, Rajamohan is carving out a name for herself on and off the court. As a student at IMG Academy, Rajamohan introduced her classmates to the good works of Shriners Hospital through a tennis fundraiser.
IMG Academy student Jason Legall conquered the Boys 18s division of the USTA Florida Level 3 "Bobby Curtis" Junior State Championships, which concluded on June 15. Legall, 17, has been a student at IMG Academy for two years. He entered the event un-seeded and defeated #8 seed Aleksandar Kovacevic of Boca Raton, 6-4, 6-3 in the final. The title marked Legall’s first “Bobby Curtis” state singles championship. Legall is currently the #300 ranked junior in the world in the ITF Junior Rankings.
Academics have always been one of the cornerstones of the IMG Academy experience, going all the way to its earliest days. But for the first two decades, boarding students would receive their academic instruction off campus. That would all change in 1999 when Rich Odell arrived and founded the Pendleton School, which he named for his mother, bringing specialized academics on campus to complement the world-class sport training for students.
BRADENTON - Warne Lewis stood Friday in the second floor of IMG Academy’s Fieldhouse. In about an hour, the 18-year-old soccer athlete would graduate alongside 207 other students.
The mood was chaotic as fellow graduates chatted and adjusted their blue robes. Several snapped selfies while others peered down at their phones to send text messages or post statuses on Facebook.
“I’m a little nervous but I’m excited to finally graduate after four years of high school,” he said with a shy smile.