Federer leaves Nike for Uniqlo

There had been speculations for a few weeks, and we had the confirmation today: after 24 years with Nike, Roger Federer signed a clothing-contract with Japanese brand Uniqlo.

Roger Federer leves Nike for Uniqlo

“I am deeply committed to tennis and to winning championships,” Federer said via the press release. “But like Uniqlo, I also have great love for life, culture, and humanity. We share a strong passion to have a positive impact on the world around us and look forward to combining our creative endeavors.”

He may love humanity but I’m sure he really likes the money too: it’s rumored that the deal is worth $300 million and will run for over 10 years.

I read a comment on instagram stating: Federer wearing Uniqlo is like Cristiano Ronaldo wearing Li-Ning.

What do you think of Federer’s signing? As a Federer fan would you buy Uniqlo’s matchwear?

Novak Djokovic switched from Uniqlo to Lacoste last year and here’s the outfit he’s wearing on the parisian clay courts:

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Novak Djokovic’s Lacoste collection is available online, and also contains shirts, caps and sunglasses:

Novak Djokovic Lacoste shirt

Novak Djokovic Lacoste shirt

Novak Djokovic Lacoste sunglasses

Novak Djokovic Lacoste cap

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Richard Gasquet, Roland Garros 2018

For the first time since 2007, there will be no French male player in the fourth round at Roland Garros.
If Richard Gasquet (defeated by Nadal) and Pierre-Hugues Herbert (beaten by Isner) have nothing to reproach themselves with, Gaël Monfils can have many regrets: he wasted four match points in his loss to David Goffin. As for Lucas Pouille (outplayed by Khachanov), he keeps saying again and again he trains to win a Grand Slam one day, but he’s far far away from that goal.

But that fiasco is not really surprising: the new Mousquetaires (Gasquet, Monfils, Simon, Tsonga) are all over 30 now and have their careers behind. Pouille has good results in ATP 250 and ATP 500 tournaments, but struggles at higher level.

Last time a French player won the tournament was 35 years ago, last time a French reached the final was 30 years ago, I guess we’ll have to wait many years to see that happen again.

All French hopes rest on the shoulders of the last Frenchwoman standing: Caroline Garcia. Last time a Frenchwoman won the tile? Mary Pierce in 2000.

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After Jelena Ostapenko‘s loss in the first round, and even bigger upset in the women’s draw: Elina Svitolina surprising loss to Mihaela Buzarnescu, who had never won a Grand Slam match before this week!

“Today, really, I was off and couldn’t find my rhythm, my game. I was really struggling. On the other hand, she was playing great tennis. She was really, really on the ball.”

It’s another Grand Slam disappointment for the world number 4, beaten by Elise Mertens in the quaterfinals in Australia earlier this year.