BRADENTON - Bradenton resident Gastao Elias, a former top-10 junior player who won the Boys 18s Division at last year's Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships, has signed a multi-year endorsement contract with clothing and shoe manufacturer Adidas International.
Elias, 17, is competing full-time on the men's ITF and ATP Tours and has broken into the top 500. He trains full-time at IMG Academy, where he is part of the Elite Group under the coaching of Ricardo Ycaza.
A native of Portugal, Elias has won tournaments on hard courts, clay and grass surfaces. He was one of four 16-year-olds to win a men's Futures event in 2007 and followed that with another Futures victory this year.