At the 2018 edition of Wimbledon, a unique sight was indeed witnessed by one and all as Roger Federer, the defending champion, walked out at Centre Court without sporting Nike clothes. 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.”
Uniqlo also announced the partnership on their Twitter account:
— UNIQLO UK (@UNIQLO_UK) July 2, 2018
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.
As for the iconic RF logo goes, rumours suggest that the current ownership of the logo indeed belongs to Nike but will be transferred over time in Roger Federer’s name.
Federer’s partnership with Nike though hasn’t come to a complete end as he was still spotted wearing Nike shoes when he won his first-round match at Wimbledon against Dusan Lajovic.