Roger Federer surprised everyone in the first round of the 2018 edition of Wimbledon by not coming out in his usual Nike wear.
Also gone was the iconic ‘RF’ logo, which was seen on Federer’s jacket. Federer later announced that he had ended a long partnership with Nike, which was going strong for 24-years and had signed a long-term lucrative deal with Japanese manufacturers Uniqlo.
Federer announcing the partnership, wrote on his Facebook page, “I am excited to announce my new partnership with UNIQLO to commence the next chapter in my career. Nike has been a fantastic partner over the last 20 years which I will always cherish. I look forward to the new adventures coming ahead.”
Federer’s new deal with UNIQLO is believed to be a 10-year contract, which will surely bulk up the 20-time Grand Slam winners already inflated bank account by around $300m.
Rumours had also suggested that the current ownership of the logo belongs to Nike but would be transferred over time in Roger Federer’s name.
Now Federer has confirmed the rumours while expressing hope that the logo will soon be transferred to his name and claiming that they belong to him. Speaking at a press conference, Federer said, “The “RF” logo is with Nike at the moment, but it will come to me at some point. I hope rather sooner than later, that Nike can be nice and helpful in the process to bring it over to me. It’s also something that was very important for me, for the fans. They are my initials. They are mine. The good thing is it’s not theirs forever. In a short period of time, it will come to me.”
Federer has not completely severed his partnership with Nike as he still wears their shoes and hinted that he could sign a shoe deal with them in the future. “For now, I will be wearing Nike. They have shown interest to have a shoe deal with me as well. Ties are not broken there. I have deep roots with Nike. I’ve had a great relationship over the last 20 years. But everything is open.”