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IMG signs Chung brothers; will train at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy

Nick with Hyeon and Hong Chung
Nick with Hyeon and Hong Chung

BRADENTON, March 19, 2009—IMG Tennis, a division of global sports and entertainment company IMG, today announced that Hyeon Chung and Hong Chung of Korea have signed with the company for exclusive worldwide management and representation.

About Hyeon and Hong Chung:

Hyeon, 12, burst onto the junior tennis scene in December by winning the prestigious Eddie Herr International and Jr. Orange Bowl Boy's 12- and-under singles titles back-to-back held in Florida, dropping only one set along the way. Hyeon also became the fist Korean in history to claim a championship title (in any age group) at the Eddie Herr International. He is currently ranked No. 1 according to the Korean Tennis Association Boys 12-and-under rankings.

Hong, 15, has claimed two ITF 18-and-under singles titles and one doubles title. He has been ranked as high as No. 263 in the world ITF 18-and-under junior rankings and he was the recent champion of the 18-and-under Korean Nationals (Chun-kuk-Joong-ko-jong-byul Tennis Championship).

Hyeon and Hong will train and live full-time at the legendary Nick Bolletteiri Tennis Academy at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Their management team will be led by Ben Crandell, from Bradenton, Florida and Brian Lee, from Seoul, Korea.

In making the announcement, Fernando Soler, Senior Vice President IMG Tennis, said, “We are thrilled to be working with two young, promising tennis talents such as Hyeon and Hong. We look forward to continuing to help nurture and develop them into future stars not only in Korea but around the world.”

IMG's roster of tennis clients includes many of today's superstars: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova, James Blake, Jelena Jankovic, Venus Williams, David Ferrer and Kei Nishikori. In addition, IMG owns, manages or represents many of the world's leading tournaments and tennis organizations around the world, including Sony Ericsson Open, Australian Open, Chennai Open and Wimbledon, among many others.

About IMG Sports & Entertainment

Operating in 30 countries, IMG Sports & Entertainment's diverse businesses include: product and brand licensing; consulting services; event ownership and management; collegiate marketing, media and licensing; fashion events and models representation; golf course design; and client representation in golf, tennis, broadcasting, speakers, European football, rugby, cricket, motor sports, coaching, Olympic and action sports. IMG Academy are the world's largest, multi-sport training and educational facilities, delivering world-class training experiences to more than 12,000 junior, collegiate, adult, and professional athletes each year. More information is available at www.imgworld.com.

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