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January 03, 2011 07:00 ET

Kei Nishikori Signs Multi-Year Sponsorship Agreement With Leading Japanese Apparel Retailer UNIQLO

BRADENTON, FL--(Marketwire - January 3, 2011) - Global sports and media company, IMG Worldwide today announced that top Japanese male tennis player Kei Nishikori has signed a five-year sponsorship agreement with Japan's leading apparel retailer UNIQLO Co. Ltd. Under the agreement, Nishikori will be suiting up in UNIQLO wear for the first time as he takes the court at the Aircel Chennai Open, running from January 3 to 9 in India.

Nishikori, currently one of the youngest players ranked in the top 100 of the ATP World Rankings, has his sights firmly set on becoming the highest ranked Japanese tennis player in history. However, he has even loftier goals for the future as he seeks to become the top-ranked male tennis player in the world. Similarly, UNIQLO is one of the world's leading and fastest-growing apparel retailers and -- like Nishikori -- committed to being the best in its field.

Nishikori is the highest profile athlete to be endorsed by UNIQLO. The company is thrilled to be teaming up with one of the most exciting young players in tennis today and eager to reflect its commitment to quality and customer satisfaction by supplying wear that will help Nishikori reach new heights. 

UNIQLO will announce more details about the new agreement during a press conference to be held in Tokyo, Japan after Nishikori competes in the Australian Open starting January 11, 2011. More information on the press conference will follow.

About Kei Nishikori
Nishikori returned to play in February 2010 after a year-long lay-off following elbow surgery. He won consecutive ATP Tour Challenger series titles at Savannah and Sarasota in May, before playing in his first French Open shortly thereafter. By summer's end, the 20-year-old had advanced to the third round of the U.S. Open, posting his best Grand Slam finish since 2008.
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About UNIQLO
UNIQLO is a subsidiary of Fast Retailing Co. (FR), a leading Japanese retail holding company that offers clothing under a number of brands, including Theory, g.u., Comptoir des Cotonniers and Princesse tam.tam. With sales of 814 billion yen in the fiscal year of 2010, FR is one of the top four apparel retailers in the world. UNIQLO operates an integrated business model under which it designs, manufactures, markets and sells apparel, with an emphasis on high-quality casual wear. UNIQLO is Japan's leading specialty retailer with more than 940 stores worldwide. For more information about UNIQLO and other FR brands, please visit http://www.uniqlo.com or http://www.fastretailing.com

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. 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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