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well vika has every right to do that. ditching her when she was most vulnerable and most unexpected. but she is smart enough to let the contract runs its course. Lagardere must be desperate, losing a loyal and big talent like her. i wonder why they didn't change Meileen that time. i think signing IMG is great, she should reap her endorsement deals better, if they can take her uniqueness and make her on a wider spread success. and i think vika is focused to play better tennis so won't get distracted like bouchard.
Victoria Azarenka Signs With WME/IMG After 10 Years With Lagardere
By Daniel Kaplan, Staff Writer
Published August 17, 2015
WME/IMG has signed Victoria Azarenka, adding to the growing stable of female tennis stars at the agency. Azarenka after 10 years with Lagardere chose not to re-sign with the firm after her deal expired last month. Lagardere signed several deals for her, including Nike, Wilson and Red Bull. Lagardere declined to comment, and an IMG rep could not immediately be reached for comment.
A source said friction developed between Azarenka and Lagardere. The agent for Azarenka was Meileen Tu, whose husband, Sam Sumyk, was also Azarenka’s coach. Sumyk recently left Azarenka to coach Eugenie Bouchard, which apparently did not go over well with Azarenka, a two-time Grand Slam champion and former world No. 1. Bouchard less than a year ago also left Lagardere for IMG, whose other clients in women’s tennis include, among others, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams.