IMG to represent Jankovic

Jelena Jankovic, the world's number one women's tennis player going into 2009, has signed an exclusive management and marketing representation deal with agency IMG.

Length of contract: 5 years | Annualised value:US$1.2 million | Overall value:US$6m

Jelena Jankovic, the world's number one women's tennis player going into 2009, has signed an exclusive management and marketing representation deal with agency IMG.

The Serbian, who is yet to win a singles Grand Slam title, will also sign up with IMG Models, the company's model management firm.

"IMG is a global company and a leader not only in tennis, but entertainment, fashion and modelling as well," said the tennis player. 

"I'm very excited to partner IMG and look forward to working with them on a variety of exciting tennis, marketing and endorsement opportunities."

Caroline Lacy, of IMG London, will lead Jankovic's tennis management team.

Gavin Forbes, senior vice president of IMG, said: "Jelena is an athlete of enormous talent and unlimited potential.

"She has distinguished herself as the No.1 player in the world and with her warm personality and fantastic smile she is an extremely popular competitor."