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April 13, 2010 14:53 ET

IMG Signs Sorana Cirstea

Rising Romanian Tennis Star Ranked No 41 in the World

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - April 13, 2010) -  IMG Worldwide, the premier sports, entertainment and media company, announced today that it has signed rising Romanian tennis star, Sorana Cirstea, as a client. Cirstea, 20, holds two WTA titles and nine ITF titles and reached the quarter finals of the 2009 French Open and the Los Angeles Open.

Sorana Cirstea, born in Bucharest, Romania and residing in Targoviste, was introduced to tennis when she was four. Following a successful junior career during which she was ranked No. 1 on the Under 14 world rankings list in 2003, won the 2005 German Junior Open (Grade 1), was a finalist in the 2006 Trofeo Bonfiglio, as well as the year-ending ITF Grade 1 juniors tournaments Eddie Herr International and Yucatan World Cup in 2005 and 2006, and in the Optus Nottinghill International in 2006. In addition, she also had a junior doubles runner-up finish at 2007 Roland Garros. Sorana began her professional career in 2006.

In April 2007, she shocked tennis fans by coming out of relative obscurity to make the final of the Budapest Grand Prix, as a qualifier, becoming the first Romanian player to reach a tour final since Ruxandra Dragomir in 2000. In 2008 in Tashkent, she won her first WTA tour title by defeating Sabine Lisicki in the final.

Sorana reached her career high rank of World No. 23 in August 2009 after her French Open performance in which she defeated former World No. 1 Jelena Jankovic to advance to her first grand slam quarterfinal. In addition to Jankovic, during 2009 Sorana had wins against Samantha Stosur, Agnieszka Radwanska, Elena Dementieva and Nadia Petrova. She is currently ranked World No. 41.

Sorana will be managed by Max Eisenbud and Ben Crandell.

"We are very pleased to have Sorana Cirstea as an IMG client," said Max Eisenbud, IMG Senior Vice President. "We believe Sorana has all the makings of a future Top 10 player. In addition to her outstanding tennis talents, her striking beauty, relaxed outgoing personality and intelligence gives her the opportunity to transcend tennis on a global basis," Eisenbud said. Sorana speaks Romanian, English, Spanish and French.

Fernando Soler, Head of Global IMG Tennis, added, "Sorana is one of the young sensations on the tennis scene today with enormous potential and we are thrilled she has chosen IMG to represent her. She clearly represents the next generation of tennis superstars who will be able to compete successfully on the world tennis stage."

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 www.imgworld.com.

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