Kosmos To Represent Dominic Thiem, Highlights Conflict Of Interest In Tennis

Kosmos is entering the talent management agency business. The company founded by Barcelona footballer Gerard Piqué announced that it has signed up 2020 US Open champion Dominic Thiem.

The new business vertical will be headed by Galo Blanco. Blanco will also be Thiem’s agent. Blanco coached Thiem until 2018.

I am very happy that Galo is part of the team again. He stayed in close contact with me and my family, even when he stopped being my coach. The season has not started as I would have liked, but I am working very hard to get back to the levels we saw at the end of 2020. Adding Galo and the rest of the Kosmos team will certainly help this process

-Dominic Thiem

Kosmos took over Davis Cup in 2019 promising a $3 billion investment over 25 years. The 121-year event was revamped into a soccer world cup style format with top countries fighting for the title.

Owning a major event and representing athletes represents a conflict of interest, which is rampant in tennis. Top tennis players such as Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer also own events on the ATP calendar. Federer also sits on the ATP Player Council.

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Bianca Andreescu Drops Octagon, Signs With IMG

Bianca Andreescu has dropped her management company Octagon and signed up with IMG. Andreescu has struggled with injuries since her historic US Open win in 2019.

Andreescu also split with her coach Sylvain Bruneau recently. She also hired well-known trainer Abdul Sillah earlier this year. Sillah worked with Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka in the past.

Andreescu and IMG shared the news on social media. IMG represents many tennis players including Denis Shapovalov, Victoria Azarenka, and Taylor Fritz.

IMG is a global sports, events, and talent management company. It has been owned by Endeavor and Silver Lake Partners since 2013. In addition to representing top athletes, the company also owns a number of events. IMG has owned the Miami Open since 1999.

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