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FROM RUSSIA WITH NOT SO MUCH LOVE: SERGEI & ANNA DUMP IMG
Published August 13, 1998
Red Wings C Sergei Fedorov "fired" his agent, Mike Barnett of IMG, six months after he negotiated a contract that paid Fedorov $28M last season, according to Michael Buteau of BLOOMBERG. The move came "on the same day" 17- year-old Russian tennis star Anna Kournikova "fired her agent," Tony Godsick, also of IMG. While Fedorov and Kournikova "have often been seen together socially, both have said they are just friends" (BLOOMBERG 8/13). ANN-ITA: Under the header "Is Kournikova Too Hot To Handle?", TENNIS magazine's Andrea Leand writes that Kournikova's handlers "are afraid her 'Lolita' image is going to hurt her future endorsement deals." Leand: "Word is that two potential sponsors told Kournikova she's too much of a sexpot for them to handle. The fear is that Kournikova's current image is too risque for companies that market to teens and that she's too young to be a spokeswoman for adult products" (Andrea Leand, TENNIS, 9/98 issue).