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Murray signs with Beckham agent

Andy Murray
Murray is hoping to win his first Grand Slam title in 2009

Andy Murray has signed a deal with management company 19 Entertainment, which also counts David Beckham as one of its clients.

The world number four and his brother Jamie have also enlisted CAA Sports to represent them in the United States.

"This is a fantastic opportunity. We now have an unbeatable combination of representatives with world-class stature and experience," said Murray.

19 is owned by Spice Girls manager and Pop Idol creator Simon Fuller.

"I am very excited to be working with Andy and Jamie, two of the brightest British talents in global sports," said Fuller.

"19's innovative partnership with CAA Sports will provide them with an unparalleled level of global support."

CAA's sports division already represents world number three Novak Djokovic, as well as footballers Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The company also looks after film stars such as Tom Cruise and Will Ferrell.

The Murrays' deal begins on 1 March when they will leave current management company Ace Group.

Andy Murray currently has equipment deals with Fred Perry and Head, and is sponsored by Highland Spring and Royal Bank of Scotland, among others.

Since those deals were signed, Murray has become one of the biggest stars in men's tennis.

The 21-year-old won five titles in 2008, reached his first Grand Slam final at the US Open and posted wins over the world's top three players.

The Scot is widely tipped to become Britain's first male Grand Slam singles champion since 1936.

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