December 10, 2007 10:15 ET

FILA Signs WTA Rising Star Agnes Szavay

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 10, 2007) - Fila announced today that it has signed an endorsement agreement with WTA phenomenon Agnes Szavay. The agreement with Szavay signals Fila's on-going commitment to tennis as a core category and continues the company's legacy of sponsoring elite tennis champions.

"We are thrilled to begin our partnership with Agnes," said Gene Yoon, Chairman of GLBH and Fila. "Agnes' style, energy and determination is consistent with Fila's core values. She has a promising future on the WTA Tour and we look forward to a wonderful collaborative relationship."

2007 was a breakthrough season for the 18-year-old Szavay. After winning 2 singles titles, reaching the final in New Haven and competing in her first Grand Slam Quarter Final, her WTA ranking rose from 185 to 53 in the first half of the season. Szavay's junior career was highlighted by a win at Roland Garros and finals appearance at the Australian Open in 2005. On November 12th, Szavay joined the elite and broke into the Top 20 of the WTA ranking.

In 2008, Szavay will debut Fila's tennis performance collection which was inspired by Fila's tennis fashions from the 70s, in a striking red, black and white color palette at the Australian Open. Fila will incorporate Szavay and other sponsored athletes in a women's product and marketing campaign in 2008.

With sponsorships of the Pacific Life Open, Sony Ericsson Open, Internazionali d'Italia and the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, Fila is committed to establishing a leadership role in tennis. Associations with athletes such as US Open Champion and WTA #2 Svetlana Kuznetsova, Dmitry Tursunov, Janko Tipsarevic and ATP rising star Marin Cilic, signal the company's deep commitment to the category.

Established in Italy in 1911, Fila is a leading manufacturer of footwear and apparel for sport and leisure that has developed excellent brand recognition by marketing products with a high design and style content that are endorsed by professional athletes from around the world.

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