WASHINGTON - Serena Williams signed with the William Morris Agency, leaving her agents at IMG after four years.
“While tennis is my No. 1 priority, there are a number of interests that I have, which I think William Morris is most suited to provide for me,” Williams said in a statement released Thursday by her publicist.
“They have a great reputation for their representation of athletes, and for the ancillary opportunities that they provide their clients.”
After an eight-month absence, she is returning to tournament tennis Friday at the Nasdaq-100 Open. Williams had left knee surgery in August.
She has won six Grand Slam titles, including four in a row from 2002-03.
Her interests extend beyond the tennis court, including acting (with appearance on “Law & Order” and other TV shows), and fashion design (she has her own line, Aneres).
In December, Williams agreed to a sponsorship contract with Nike that could be worth close to $40 million over five years.
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