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IMG tennis factory creates controversy, top contenders

Originally Published: May 26, 2001
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

Maria Sharapova awakes every day in Bradenton, Fla., with a single goal: to become a better tennis player. At the IMG Sports Academy, a sprawling 130-acre complex at the edge of the Gulf of Mexico, the cool, blonde Russian has all the finest tools at her disposal.

She has been training with coach Nick Bollettieri under the Florida sun for almost eight years, an entire career for some, and has been a regular at the Academy for five years.

Maria Sharapova just turned 14 years old.

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