Roger Federer could leave Nike for the first time in more than two decades. It was in 1994 when the Swiss player signed his first contract with the American brand, now the historical co-operation could be coming to an end. The $100 million ten-year contract signed in 2008 expired on 1st March this year and Federer seems really close to joining forces with a new brand: Uniqlo, the Japanese apparel company which had a contract with Djokovic from 2012 to 2017 and which, currently sponsors Kei Nishikori's apparel.
Federer is said to have signed, or about to sign a ten-year contract with Uniqlo, until 2028, for $30 million a year: $300 million in total. The news has been reported by the Italian tennis journalist Vincenzo Martucci of Sports Senators and has been confirmed by Swiss media. The only problem is that Uniqlo doesn't produce tennis shoes, so Federer would need another new brand only for the shoes.
With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in sight, Uniqlo wants to invest a big amount of money on Federer, who will turn 37 in less than two months. The earliest that we could see Federer in a Uniqlo kit is at Wimbledon this year. The news has not been confirmed by Federer Management team yet.
Nike owns the RF logo. So if Roger Federer does leave Nike, he doesn't get to take it with him. https://t.co/4kanNrJbU5— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) 10 giugno 2018