Roger Federer leaves Nike for Uniqlo
Tennis legend and all round good bloke Roger Federer has left Nike for a multimillion-dollar deal with Japanese clothing company Uniqlo.
Federer’s long-standing deal started in 1994, with his deal coming to an end in March this year.
The 36-year-old Swiss player’s new contract with Uniqlo is reportedly worth $300m over the next 10 years.
“I was excited to wear Uniqlo today,” the 20-time Grand Slam winner said after his match on Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The star athlete added that the partnership had “been a long time coming”, with Uniqlo confirming the partnership on Twitter.
Nike still retains ownership of Federer’s monogrammed RF line, with reports circling that Nike had been given the chance to match the new contract but declined.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Nike said they “do not comment on athlete contracts”.
“However, we are thankful and proud to have been a part of Roger’s incredible journey and wish him the best in the future.”
Uniqlo does not design shoes, so it is likely the tennis star will continue to sport his Nike shoes.