SBJ/February 4 - 10, 2002/Labor Agents

IMG scores a slam double

IMG represented both the men's and women's winner at the Australian Open last month: the comeback princess, Jennifer Capriati, and the unexpected male winner, Thomas Johansson.

A dominant power in tennis, IMG nonetheless in recent years had not enjoyed the feat of being the exclusive agency of both winners at one of tennis's four Grand Slams.

The 2000 Wimbledon saw IMG client Venus Williams win. Pete Sampras won the men's title, but by that time he had followed his manager, Jeff Schwartz, to AMG. IMG and AMG jointly represent Sampras, under the terms of Schwartz's exit settlement.

At AMG, Sampras recently changed managers, from Schwartz to Jill Smoller. Despite that change, IMG still jointly represents Sampras with AMG, an IMG spokeswoman said.

— Daniel Kaplan

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