It’s the first week of December, and for the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy that means two things. One, the Eddie Herr International junior tournament and the other is that pros from everywhere come to practice before the season begins again in January.
If you aren’t familiar with the Eddie Herr, it is one of the largest junior tournaments in the world. Last year over 1,260 players from 72 different countries came to the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy to participate and we are expecting those numbers again this year. Past champions of the event include: Marin Cilic, Dominika Cibulkova, Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic, Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, David Nalbandian, Xavier Malisse, Michelle Larcher de Brito, Ivan Ljubicic, Anna Kournikova, and Marcelo Rios.
We will be updating the status of many of the Academy’s players this week during the Eddie Herr. Some of the players from the Academy to watch out for include: Emila Onila, Sachia Vickery, Victoria Duval, Bo Seal, Harry Fowler, Jordan Cox, Yuki Bhambri, Borut Puc, Christian Harrison, and many more.
While all that is going on, the Academy is also serving as the training ground for many of the best players in the world. Currently pro players such as Ivo Karlovic, Xavier Malisse, Max Mirnyi, Michaella Krajicek, Kei Nishikori, Filip Krajinovic, Sabine Lisicki, Nicole Vaidisova, Ricardas Berankis, Shuai Peng, Anastasia Pivovarova, are all here and there are more to come as the month goes on.