IMG signs 13-year-old Australian prodigy Tomic

Updated: March 23, 2006, 4:49 PM ET
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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- IMG evidently was not turned off by Bernard Tomic's youth.

The sports marketing and management giant announced Thursday it has signed Tomic, a 13-year-old Australian tennis prodigy, to join its stable of athletes.

Others in the IMG Tennis fold are Grand Slam champions Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Venus Williams, Lindsay Davenport and Maria Sharapova.

Last week, Tomic won his fourth consecutive 18-and-under ITF tennis championship in Australia and New Zealand. He has claimed 75 tournament titles in less than six years.

"We see a lot of talented young players, but everything about Bernard points to him becoming a true 'superstar' in the future," IMG Australia senior vice president Brian Cooney said in a statement. "Winning four consecutive under-18 ITF tournaments puts him in the top 200 players in the world already, and he's just 13 years old."

Among other aspirations, Tomic is hoping to become the youngest player to represent Australia in Davis Cup play.

"I want the serve of Goran Ivanisevic, the heart of Lleyton Hewitt, the mind of Pete Sampras and the groundstrokes of Roger Federer," Tomic said in a statement. "I want to be No. 1 in the world and win all the Grand Slam tournaments."

IMG made the announcement at the Nasdaq-100 Open tournament, where many of its top players are competing.

Tomic would be wise to pay attention to fellow junior star Donald Young, who has yet to win on the ATP Tour.

The 16-year-old American went 0-7 on the ATP Tour last year and slipped to 0-2 this year with an embarrassing 6-0, 6-0 setback to Argentine Carlos Berlocq, who also never had won an ATP match, in the first round Thursday.

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