One of the biggest names in global sports is starting a small business in Cleveland. Roger Federer and his agent, Tony Godsick, the New York Times reports, are partnered with a pair of wealthy investors to form a boutique sports agency, Team8.
Along with Federer, the shop will represent tennis pros Juan Martin del Potro and Grigor Dimitrov, a 22-year-old from Bulgaria nicknamed “Baby Fed.” Godsick and Federer both left IMG Worldwide, one of the world’s biggest agencies, in July 2012 after their contracts expired.
Sports agents breaking away from their employers and taking big-name clients with them is an old routine we’ve seen more of in recent years. In 2011, Tiger Woods followed his agent Mark Steinberg out the door at IMG. And last year, LeBron James and his agent, Rich Paul, leftCAA Sports to form a new agency.