Lagardère Unlimited announced today that is has entered into a new, multi-year management representation agreement with rising European tennis star Thiemo De Bakker of the Netherlands. De Bakker, just 21-years-old, turned professional in 2006 and is currently ranked #111 on the ATP World Singles Tour after recently completing a twenty-two match winning streak. De Bakker will be managed on a daily basis by Lagardère Unlimited President, Ken Meyerson.
In 2009, De Bakker has captured four ATP Challenger Tour events since July (Brasov, San Sebastian, Vigo, Tampere), and won three ITF Men’s Futures titles in 2008. Most notably in 2009, De Bakker defeated ATP World Tour #15 Singles Player Gaël Monfils in a five-set battle at the September Davis Cup Tie between the Netherlands versus France. Since January, De Bakker has improved over 130 spots on the ATP World Tour Singles Rankings from #246 to #111.
In the juniors, De Bakker was a top boy’s singles player capturing the 2006 Junior Wimbledon Championships and securing the #1 ranking on the ITF Junior World Tour. De Bakker won six additional singles titles between 2005 and 2006 including the European Junior Individual Championships in 2005.
“Holland has traditionally produced great players, going back at least 30 years. With one of the most successful ATP World Tour indoor events in Rotterdam, and the popularity of tennis, the signing on Thiemo De Bakker to Lagardère Unlimited is strategically, and extremely, important for us to continue building a strong men’s tennis platform,” said Ken Meyerson. “Thiemo De Bakker has had a brilliant junior career being ranked #1 in the world, and winning the Junior Wimbledon Championships was a crowning achievement. I have never seen in my 22 years of experience a player win four challengers in a row, and bring his ranking up to over 100 spots to reach #111. By representing his country in Davis Cup, we feel that Thiemo is poised for a significant breakthrough.”
Lagardère is headquartered out of Paris, France, with their tennis division, Lagardère Unlimited, based out of Miami, Florida. Lagardère Unlimited prides itself on a qualitative, personal approach to managing their clients by offering a comprehensive range of services that meet every requirement for their clients. Currently, Lagardère Unlimited represents some of the best players on the ATP World Singles Tour including Andy Roddick (#7), Fernando Gonzalez (#11), Gaël Monfils (#15), Tommy Haas (#17), Jérémy Chardy (#32), Richard Gasquet (#69) along with ATP World Tour #1 Doubles Player Daniel Nestor and former Sony Ericsson WTA World #1 Singles Player and Seven-Time Grand Slam Champion Justine Henin who will be making her return to the Tour in 2010.
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