Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut has joined forces with his football club Villarreal CF to represent them on the ATP tour, according to a statement from the Villarreal club.
Roberto Bautista Agut joins forces with Villarreal CF
The Spanish player Bautista Agut played with the Spanish first division side Villarreal during his youth.
Although he chose to play tennis, the Spaniard has remained associated with the club. Bautista Agut will wear the Villarreal CF’s badge on his sleeve in all his matches for the next two and a half years, as per the club’s statement.
In the statement, Bautista Agut says, "Villarreal CF has taken a step forward with its links with tennis player Roberto Bautista, who will continue to be one of the great flag bearers of the Endavant Esports project.
During the upcoming two-and-a-half seasons, the sportsman will wear the Villarreal CF badge on his playing kit – more precisely, on his sleeve – in every tournament, he takes part in on an individual level, within the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF), as well as in the four Grand Slams, and representing his country too.
This is an innovative initiative, as he will be the first elite tennis player who will wear the badge of a football club on his kit”. According to the club's website, Bautista Agut will be the first top-level tennis player who will wear the badge of a football club on his kit.
He will also represent the club in public events and continue to use the facilities and medical services of the club. In December 2019, after his win as part of the Spanish Davis Cup team, the club gave him a golden badge and the Endavant Award for Sporting Merit 2019 and he also took an ‘honorary kick-off’ during a game against Atlético Madrid.
32 year old Roberto Bautista has been ranked as high as No. 9 on the ATP Tour rankings. Last year, he reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon and helped Spain win the Davis Cup title. In December 2019, after his triumph as part of the Spanish David Cup team, the club gave him a golden badge and the Endavant Award for Sporting Merit 2019.
Furthermore, he took an ‘honorary kick-off’ that same week ahead of the game against Atlético Madrid. He is currently ranked No. 12 in the world.