January 26, 2011 14:20 ET

IMG Signs Russian Tennis Powerhouse Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Currently at Career High Ranking No. 18 on the WTA Tour

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA and NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - January 26, 2011) -  Global sports, fashion and media company IMG Worldwide announced today that it signed Russian tennis player, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, currently the No.18 ranked female tennis player in the world, for management and representation.

Born in Samara, Russia, Pavlyuchenkova, 19, comes from a strong sporting pedigree and first picked up a racket at the age of six. Her grandmother played basketball for the USSR, her mother is a former swimmer and her father was an Olympic canoeist.

Pavlyuchenkova, currently the youngest player in the WTA Tour's top 20, was the ITF World Junior Champion in 2006. That year, at the age of just 15, she claimed the Junior Grand Slam singles titles at the Australian Open and the U.S. Open. She would also win her first women's professional ITF event in Casale, Italy in 2006, before winning her third and final Junior Grand Slam singles title at the 2007 Australian Open.

Pavlyuchenkova, who cites clay as her preferred surface, had a breakthrough year in 2010, notching a 40-22 won-loss record, winning her first two WTA Tour singles titles in Monterrey and Istanbul and finishing the year at a career high ranking of number 21. She also reached the third round at the French Open and Wimbledon and the fourth round at the U.S. Open, her best Grand Slam performances to date.

Fernando Soler, Head of Global IMG Tennis, added, "Anastasia is one of the elite young sensations on the tennis scene today with tremendous potential and we are thrilled she selected IMG to represent her as a player. We look forward to working with her and supporting her professional development during this exciting time in her career."

"I am very excited to join the IMG Tennis family at this stage of my career," said Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. "This is a tremendous opportunity for me to utilize all of the resources IMG has to offer."

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will be managed by Ben Crandell and Fraser Wright in the IMG Tennis division.

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, Vera Zvonareva and Kei Nishikori. 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
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

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