Cleveland, OH (August 26, 2020) – Sports management company Topnotch Management announced today the signing of rising tennis star Maria Mateas to a global representation agreement. The 21 year-old, who reached a career high of 284 in the WTA rankings, is coming off a strong year at Duke University and signed with Topnotch amongst considerable agency interest. The Durham, NC resident will be managed by agent James Beres.
“This is an exciting announcement for us because Maria is the whole package”, said Beres. “She has the talent and focus to develop her game into one that competes on biggest stages, plus she brings the marketability and poise to be as successful off the court as she is on it. We look forward to working with her and finding success as she becomes a professional player.”
For Mateas, who is a first generation American after her parents moved to New Jersey and then to Braintree, MA from Romania, the decision to turn pro is the next logical step for an athlete who has competed in all junior grand slams, and won titles on the ITF Tour. At 5'11”, she has the build and game to compete on Tour, and has earned praise from peers and coaches for years on her preparation and the way she handles herself off the court, as well.
“I am overjoyed to make the transition and officially become a professional tennis player, which has always been my dream”, explained Mateas. “The most exciting part is that I get to start my professional career as part of the Topnotch Management team. I am thankful, humbled, and look forward to a long and fruitful career.”
With a number of events and tournament schedules still being determined, Maria will continue to live and train in Durham where her family lives before playing a series of ITF events in the fall.
About Topnotch Management: Topnotch Management is a sports representation agency headquartered in Cleveland, OH, specializing in world-class representation, service and event management in the tennis and soccer industries. TNM shares ownership with Grand Slam Tennis Tours, creating a portfolio of robust global capabilities. For more information visit www.topnotchmanagement.com or on Twitter, @topnotchmgmt.
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