IMG signs Russian tennis ace Vera Zvonareva
BRADENTON, FL, April 22, 2009— Global sports and entertainment company IMG, today announced that Russian tennis star Vera Zvonareva has signed with the company for exclusive worldwide marketing and management representation.
Zvonareva, 24, who is currently ranked No. 6 on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, recently became only the second player in history (Lindsay Davenport 1997, 2000) to win both the singles and doubles titles at the 2009 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. Earlier this year she reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open.
Zvonareva, who recently reached a career high world ranking No. 5, has won nine WTA Tour singles titles, five WTA Tour doubles titles and two ITF Women’s Circuit singles titles. Her first Grand Slam doubles championship came at the U.S. Open in 2006 with Nathalie Dechy. In 2008, she won a bronze medal in women’s singles for Russia at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Zvonareva was also a member of the Russian Fed-Cup team that won titles in 2004 and 2008.
“I feel like I have worked really hard and accomplished quite a lot on court the last six months and working with a company like IMG, that has such a worldwide presence will help me capitalize on these results. It will be great to have a global team guiding and helping me to take care of my business career so I can focus on my tennis,” said Zvonareva.
Fernando Soler, Head of IMG’s Tennis Division, added, “We are really looking forward to working with Vera at this exciting time in her career. She is a very talented athlete with tremendous potential and we are thrilled she has chosen IMG to further develop her blossoming tennis career.”
Her tennis management team at IMG will be led by Ben Crandell in Bradenton, Florida.
IMG is the leading client management company in tennis. IMG represents some of the world’s top men and women tennis players. The company’s roster of top tennis clients includes many of today’s superstars: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams and James Blake. In addition, IMG owns, manages or represents many of the world’s leading tournaments including Sony Ericsson Open, Australian Open, Chennai Open and Wimbledon, among many others.
About IMG Sports & Entertainment
Operating in 30 countries, IMG Sports & Entertainment’s diverse businesses include: product and brand licensing; consulting services; event ownership and management; collegiate marketing, media and licensing; fashion events and models representation; golf course design; and client representation in golf, tennis, broadcasting, speakers, European football, rugby, cricket, motor sports, coaching, Olympic and action sports. IMG Academies are the world’s largest, multi-sport training and educational facilities, delivering world-class training experiences to more than 12,000 junior, collegiate, adult, and professional athletes each year. More information is available at http://www.imgworld.com.