LACOSTE Player Hyeon Chung

Lacoste announced the signing of a 5-year sponsorship deal with young Korean Hyeon Chung, ranked 71.
Named ATP’s most improved player last year, Chung is part of a group of rising stars including Alex Zverev, Borna Coric and Thanasi Kokkinakis but he is lesser known as he has mainly played on the Challenger tour so far.

A good deal for Lacoste who lost David Goffin (to asics) and John Isner (to Fila) earlier this year. Other Lacoste ambassadors include Dominika Cibulkova, Benoit Paire, Gustavo Kuerten, and Mats Wilander.

LACOSTE Player Hyeon Chung

Julia Goerges

Thanks to Tony for sharing his experience:

I enjoyed meeting German tennis star Julia Goerges at the 1st Anniversary celebration for Bank of the West in Indian Wells, CA. She was an absolute pleasure, signing autographs and taking photos with everyone before it was back to training at the BNP Paribas Open. I’m definitely on ‪#‎TeamJule‬ now!

Julia Goerges

Julia Goerges

Julia Goerges

Alex Zverev signs with adidas

adidas announced the signing of rising star Alex Zverev. It’s adidas second big signing after Tomas Berdych earlier this year.

Other adidas tennis ambassadors include 2016 Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber, Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza, Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

and it seems Alex has already found a new meaning for a d i d a s:

Now we all know now @domithiem haha @adidastennis

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Rafa Nadal

On the eve of the Australian Open, Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal, Kei Nishikori and a few other top players attended the IMG party at Crown Towers in Melbourne. Enjoy some pictures from the event:

The green carpet

2014 Australian Open champion Li Na:

Li Na (China)

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Kei Nishikori:

Kei Nishikori (Japan)

 
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New year, new gear

A few players signed new clothing deals during the off season, the most notable is Tomas Berdych who switched from H&M to adidas. Does that mean no more wacky outfits for Tomas? I’m eager to know if the Swedish brand will sign another player or stop the experiment there.

Lacoste has lost 3 top players: John Isner signed with Fila, David Goffin joined asics, and although nothing has been announced yet, it seems Timea Bacsinszky moved to asics too.

Another new asics recruit is Julia Goerges, who left Fila.

And Elina Svitolina – a previous ellesse ambassador – announced her signing with Nike on Instagram:

Hello @nike

Une photo publiée par Elina Svitolina?? (@elisvitolina) le