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January 21, 2011 16:01 ET

IMG Signs Russian Tennis Player Andrey Kuznetsov

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - January 21, 2011) - IMG Worldwide, the global sports and media company, announced today that it signed rising Russian tennis star, 19 year-old, Andrey Kuznetsov for management and representation.

Born in Tula, Russia in 1991, Kuznetsov began playing tennis at age four with his father, Alexander, who is a tennis coach. Nicknamed, "Andreek" he is considered one of the top junior players in the world and the best young player in Russia. He captured the world's attention by winning the 2009 Wimbledon Boys singles title and as runner-up at the 2010 Poznań Porsche Open, part of the ATP Challenger Tour. His favorite surfaces to play on are clay and grass.

In making the announcement, Global Head of IMG Tennis, Fernando Soler said, "We are thrilled to be working with such a promising young talent as Andrey. He truly has unlimited potential to develop and grow to become one of the future stars on the ATP Tour."

Andrey Kuznetsov added, "I am very pleased to be adding IMG to my team. Although, I am just beginning my career, I think IMG can help me attain my future aspirations of winning a Grand Slam singles title."

IMG's roster of tennis clients includes many of today's superstars: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams, Vera Zvonareva, James Blake and Kei Nishikori. In addition, IMG owns, manages or represents many of the world's leading tournaments and tennis organizations around the world, including Sony Ericsson Open, Australian Open, Chennai Open and Wimbledon, among many others.

About IMG
IMG Worldwide
is a global sports, entertainment and media business, with nearly 3,000 employees operating in 30 countries around the globe. IMG's areas of expertise are diverse and wide ranging: IMG College is the leader in collegiate marketing, licensing and media rights. IMG's Joint Ventures, IMG Reliance, IMGX and IMG CCTV, in the emerging markets of India, Brazil and China, offer the company significant long-term growth opportunities. IMG Media is the world's largest independent producer and distributor of sports programming. IMG Events and Federations owns and manages some of the most sought after events and includes long standing associations with the world's most important sports organizations, leagues, and federations. IMG Fashion owns and operates fashion events around the world and IMG Models represents the world's top models and leading designers and IMG Art+Commerce represents the most influential photographers, art directors and stylists. For the past 50 years, IMG Clients has been the global leader in talent representation, including over 1,000 elite athletes, coaches, industry executives and prestigious sports organizations across the sports, entertainment, fashion and media industries. IMG Academies is the world's largest and most advanced multi-sport training and educational facility delivering sports training experiences to more than 12,000 dedicated athletes from approximately 80 countries every year. IMG Consulting connects many of the world's leading brands with consumers through access to unique sports and entertainment properties. IMG Licensing is considered one of the premier independent licensing companies in the sports, entertainment and media world. More information is available at www.imgworld.com.

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