Roger Federer drops decades-old Nike partnership for Uniqlo

Roger Federer drops decades-old Nike partnership for Uniqlo

Federer came out in unbranded warm-ups, and during the match against Dusan Lajovic of Serbia, the 20-time Grand Slam victor wore a White Uniqlo shirt, shorts and headband and with white Nike shoes.

Uniqlo issued a statement to confirm it had signed the 36-year-old Swiss as a global brand ambassador.

The report also noted his deal with Nike expired at the start of March, and was given the chance to match Uniqlo's offer and declined.

"I was excited to wear Uniqlo today, I must tell you", Federer, who signed his initial contract with Nike in 1997 and had been wearing the brand ever since, said after his win.

While no financial details were revealed, media reported the new deal will be worth around $30 million a year, compared with the $10 million a year agreement Federer had with Nike.

During his partnership with Nike Federer created the iconic "RF" logo, which is owned by the brand. The "RF" logo did appear on the plastic bags that cover his rackets.

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Top overall seed and eight-time Wimbledon champ Roger Federer has switched over from Nike to UNIQLO, and he debuted with his new brand in the first round Monday morning.

Federer retained his Nike shoes, as Uniqlo do not now manufacture tennis footwear. The good thing is it's not theirs forever. But the good news is that it will come with me at one point.

"I've had a lot of testing the last month; I think I've had seven tests." he said. Uniqlo previously had a deal with Novak Djokovic, but the Serb has always worn Asics shoes. "For now, I will be wearing Nike", he said.

On Sunday, he turned up at the traditional champion's pre-tournament news conference at the All England Club in a white shirt, grey blazer and navy pants instead of the usual tennis whites he has sported in previous years.

"It's also something that was very important for me, for the fans really".

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