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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Aug 16th, 2015, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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Vika joins IMG and ditches Meilen Tu

Knicked this from the tread in GM (credit goes to Marlene)

Looks like she ditched Meilen Tu & Lagardere.

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Re: Vika joins IMG and ditches Meilen Tu

It was probably a logical decision because Meilen Tu is also Sam Sumyk's wife.

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Vice President, Talent Management at IMG

As the VP of Talent Management for IMG, Carlos represents clients including Cam Newton, Venus Williams, James Blake, Marcos Baghdatis, Donald Young and others. Having proved himself to IMG as an intern by securing a presenting sponsorship from P&G for a women’s tennis tournament, Fleming was hired at the end of his internship and has risen the ranks.

Carlos’ long list of accomplishments includes having negotiated high profile endorsement deals with companies including Nike, Under Armour, American Express, Coca-Cola, Kraft, McDonalds, Wrigley’s, Sega, EA Sports and beyond. Member of the WTA Tour Board of Directors representing the top 20 ranked players and also member of the WTA Global Marketing Advisory Council.

Worked with Venus Williams and the WTA senior leadership on the historic “Equal Prize Money” campaign that ultimately guaranteed female tennis players equal prize money at all Grand Slam events. Fleming negotiated largest ever rookie NFL apparel and shoe contract for Cam Newton with Under Armour (2011). Developed the McDonald’s Williams Sisters Tour featuring Venus and Serena, which raised over $5M for Ronald McDonald House Charities. Developed literary projects Breaking Back (James Blake) and Come to Win (Venus Williams), which were both New York Times Bestsellers.
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i kinda liked meilen, but this was long overdue. good luck, vika!


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Good luck Vika! Hope they push her to win something soon so that they can get some good deals for ha

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About damn time. Wish she would have went with someone else at IMG instead of Carlos Fleming, but whatevs.
Hopefully this will help her get tons more endorsements.

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About damn time. Wish she would have went with someone else at IMG instead of Carlos Fleming, but whatevs.
Hopefully this will help her get tons more endorsements.
What wrong with him?
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daniel kaplan ‏@dkaplanSBJ 35m35 minutes ago
On eve of @usopen, @IMGTennis has another big tennis signing, getting @vika7 . Her deal with Lagardere expired in July. Been w/ firm decade
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daniel kaplan ‏@dkaplanSBJ 31m31 minutes ago
Told @vika7 unhappy Lagardere agent, Meileen Tu's, husband, coach Sam Sumyk, left Vika 2 coach @geniebouchard . May b factor in move 2 IMG
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in sports business Daily below.

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
http://m.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Dai...08/17/IMG.aspx

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.
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FYI its turns out that Meilen Tu is pregnant - 5 months pregnant. I think maybe the pregnancy played a part in the end of this partnership since they both happened around about the same time.
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It was probably a logical decision because Meilen Tu is also Sam Sumyk's wife.

Here's something about Carlos Fleming:
Carlos Fleming - WME/IMG
Still he will never be as good as me. Oh yeah and I mean that in the most arrogant way too FYI. What took Drew Rosenhaus and Leigh Steinberg 20 years to procure 1 Billion$ in contracts I did in just 6 years as an agent negotiating 1 Billion$ in contracts and since nobody would hire me due to my social issues being asperger autistic I became the best which, is why the Miami Open/ IMG, WTA and ATP hate me because IMG sees me as a threat to their existence and the ATP & WTA are IMG clients. Its sort of like mafia in tennis at IMG. ATP discriminated against me and interfered with my players agreements in 2014 after Miami Open. I'm suing the ATP now for contractual interference and discrimination as I got my RTS letter from EEOC as an ATP registered players agent since 2009. Majority of those contracts I negotiated were incentive based and not guaranteed money for my players but I negotiated a 100,000$ contract with 3,000$ guaranteed upfront in cash with Bolle for Alexus Jones when she was 11 years old and tons of other contracts for money guaranteed. I also, did her deals with Ace Authentic, Wilson, Red Chapter Clothing, and an interview with Adam Kuperstein at NBC for Lexus Sports Final as a finale to 2009 Sony Ericsson Open now Miami Open. I negotiated the youngest athlete trading card deal in history for Alexus at 11 years old too with Leaf/ Ace Authentic. She's since burned out and never made it. I now am a fixture on Elisa Jordana and Benjy Bronk podcast from Howard Stern Show and KC Armstrong's new radio show on Sirius XM Radio. KC was a major fixture on Stern Show for over 10 years, E! Network, CBS and has appeared in movies and soap operas too. I was BioFiled in 2011 by tennis and sports industry legendary journalist Scoop Malinowski and have been featured in Brickell Magazine July 2012 issue. I work with more stars individually either directly or indirectly through my associates Landon and Andrew. I have access to 600+ of the world's top sports stars. No other agent in sports marketing has the caliber of my available roster and all I do is book appearances now in nightlife for sports icons or do product lines for Zina Garrison and Van Winitsky on informercials. I also, have the #1 emerging reality tv show on Amazon Prime Hulu & YouTube Red!!! It's the real life Entourage of sports, entertainment, music and fashion in format. Take that IMG and everyone else!! I have worked with 13+ Grand Slam Champions and who have won a combined 90+ grand slam titles. My firm SMG works with the top NBA and MLB stars too now in a strategic relationship with TMI World and WYWHP.
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