LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Feb. 17, 2011) – A new athlete management company based in Las Vegas has announced the signing of professional tennis player Varvara Lepchenko, the No. 74 ranked player in the world.
Agent Atleta’s Jordan J. Butler will represent the 24-year-old Lepchenko, who is coming off the most successful season of her career in which she enjoyed wins over several former and current Top 50 players, including Julia Goerges, Melanie Oudin, Sorana Cirstea, and Mirjana Lucic. She finished 2010 with fifteen straight victories on the USTA Pro Circuit, capturing three consecutive titles. Lepchenko has ten ITF career titles to her credit.
Lepchenko was born in Tashkent, Soviet Union (now Uzbekistan), and currently resides in Allentown, PA. She has been competing under a U.S. designation for the past several years and expects to obtain her U.S. citizenship this coming fall. It is anticipated that the left-handed Lepchenko will be a candidate for the U.S. Fed Cup Team – there are currently only four Americans ahead of Lepchenko in the WTA world rankings. Lepchenko recently expressed her desire to compete for her adopted country via her Twitter account (@varunchik1).
“Varvara is a great person and a very talented player who is beginning to hit her stride as a professional,” said Butler. “Given her strong work ethic and inherent drive to succeed, her best years are clearly ahead of her. Agent Atleta is ecstatic to represent Varvara’s career interests.”
Lepchenko is coached by her father, Peter Lepchenko. She trains periodically at the USTA National Training Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. Her next major WTA Tour event comes at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells next month where she has been entered in the main draw.
About Agent Atleta Ltd.
Agent Atleta Ltd. is an athlete management company based in Las Vegas, Nevada, emphasizing comprehensive representation of professional tennis players. Agent Atleta literally means “Athlete Agent,” the technically correct term for “sports agent,” as the agent represents the athlete as opposed to the sport.
Agent Atleta’s managing member, Jordan J. Butler, is a certified athlete agent, licensed attorney, and a member of the Sports Lawyers Association and the ABA Forum on Entertainment and Sports Law. Mr. Butler has a diverse tennis background as a former nationally ranked junior and Division I college tennis player; freelance tennis journalist; and current co-director of the Lexus of Las Vegas Open, a $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit event.
Agent Atleta also counts American Julia Cohen amongst its clients. Cohen turned professional in 2010 following a stellar junior and college career. She is currently ranked No. 161 in the WTA world rankings.