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Octagon Signs WTA Tennis Players Daniela Hantuchova and Agnes Szavay

McLean, VA — Octagon today announced the signing of Top 20 WTA players Daniela Hantuchova (#8) and Agnes Szavay (#20) to representation agreements. This announcement comes on the heels of the agency adding American tennis phenom Donald Young earlier this month.

“Octagon is thrilled to add these three talented and charismatic athletes,” said Micky Lawler, Octagon’s Managing Director of Tennis. “Daniela Hantuchova has the experience to be a consistent Grand Slam contender while Donald Young and Agnes Szavay possess the ability to be the future faces of their respective Tours.”

Hantuchova, 24, is coming off her second career top-10 season that included two Tour singles titles (Indian Wells, Linz). A native of Poprad, Slovakia, Hantuchova recently notched a career-best performance in a Grand Slam by advancing to the semifinal round of the 2008 Australian Open and has reached the quarterfinals of other Grand Slam events including the Australian Open (2003), Wimbledon (2002) and the U.S. Open (2002). She has also claimed eight career WTA Tour doubles titles as well.

Szavay, 19, registered a breakthrough season last year highlighted by her first two Tour singles titles (Palmero, Beijing), first Grand Slam quarterfinal (U.S. Open) and victories over three Top 10 players. A member of the 2005 and 2007 Fed Cup team, Szavay is only the fourth Hungarian player ever to record a Tour singles title.

Young is the youngest player in the Top 100 on the ATP Tour following a breakout year in 2007 in which he recorded the second-biggest ranking jump (386 positions), highlighted by his first career ATP match victory (New Haven) and advancing to a Grand Slam-best third round at the U.S. Open.

Octagon’s tennis division manages the careers of leading tennis professionals including: Elena Dementieva, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Robby Ginepri, Gustavo Kuerten, Sebastien Grosjean, Jelena Jankovic, Amelie Mauresmo, Alicia Molik, Nadia Petrova, and Tommy Robredo among others. In addition, Octagon owns and manages more professional tennis events than any other agency with WTA and ATP events including the Kremlin Cup, Zurich Open, Bausch & Lomb Championships, Brasil Open, Orange Prokom Open and the Movistar Open.

Octagon is the world’s largest sports and entertainment representation and marketing agency with global expertise in consulting, athletes and personalities, event management, property representation, marketing solutions, licensing and merchandising and talent procurement. As part of The Interpublic Group (NYSE:IPG), one of the world’s leading organizations of advertising agencies and marketing services, Octagon employs more than 1,000 people in 60 offices around the world. For further information please visit: www.octagon.com.

 

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