By Jon Wertheim
January 10, 2014
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According to Mittleman, he and Sergio Giorgi seized on a better idea: They would find private sponsors to invest in Camila's career. While the terms of these relationships vary, they are fairly common in tennis, particularly among players of modest means. A benefactor, not unlike the owner of shares in a racehorse, fronts the money for training and travel in exchange for a cut of future earnings.

Camila Giorgi's father, Sergio, has looked for new ways to get his daughter funding so that she can stay on Tour.
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Giorgi is ranked No. 97, but has had a hard time finding corporate sponsors to help with her expenses.
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"It's one of those deals where they take care of all the expenses," the source says. "It won't cost her a cent."

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