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SBD Global/December 28, 2012/Marketing and Sponsorship
Rafael Nadal The Latest Top Tennis Player To Leave IMG
Published December 28, 2012
THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT: USA TODAY's Jon Swartz reported Nadal has a new iPhone app called Rafael Nadal Tennis Academy that "will be available within the next few days on iTunes." The app, "developed with video-analysis firm Vstrator," offers "in-depth tennis tutorials of Nadal's strokes, along with Vstrator's easy-to-use video coaching tools." Video can be recorded or "imported from a smartphone camera into the app." So-called "Vstrate" technology lets users "highlight video to zero in on any part of their game." Users of the app can "frame video forward and back to compare their technique with Nadal and other players." Vstrator video "can be shared via Facebook, Twitter, e-mail or text message" (USA TODAY, 12/26).
WHEN ONE DOOR CLOSES...: In Bangkok, Kittipong Thongsombat reported sister golfers Moriya and Ariya Jutanugarn will sign three-year contracts with IMG this week. The company "began approaching the sisters last year." Moriya, 18, was a co-medalist at the LPGA qualifying school, while Ariya, 17, was winner at the Ladies European Tour qualifying school. Both will begin their professional campaigns in Australia next month, and their father, Somboon, "believes they will do well in their rookie season" (BANGKOK POST, 12/27).