In 2005, Andre Agassi left Nike after 17 years and signed a new sponsorship deal with adidas. The main reason for that change was adidas partnership with Agassi Foundation.
Agassi announced earlier today that he is back with Nike:

Phil Knight, Nike co-funder:

As one of the world’s greatest tennis players, Agassi embodied the passion, dedication and determination of the Nike brand. As a philanthropist and campaigner, he continues to share Nike’s commitment to inspire the young generation with his Just Do It spirit. We are honored to welcome him back.

Agassi will team with Nike to advocate for change, leveraging the Designed to Move framework for action that Nike helped create with more than 70 expert organizations in the fields of physical education, health and the built environment (e.g., parks, green spaces and public transportation).

Agassi:

The past was exciting, emotional and life-changing for all of us. The future, however, is a landscape filled with unlimited opportunity and a canvas anxiously waiting to be filled in. Designed to Move has opened new horizons. Coming back together with Nike through this partnership will have a multiplying effect on this and future generations.

Preview, recap and analysis:

Aussie youngsters
Three women who had a great Australian Open… and two who didn’t

A trip down memory lane:

Australian Open trivia
The tragedy of Daphne Akhurst
The Norman Brookes Challenge Cup
1960 Australian Open: Neale Feaser, a costly volley
1960-63 Australian Open: Jan Lehane four time runner-up
1987-1988 Swedes spoil the party
January 11, 1988: first day of play at Flinders Park
2001 Australian Open: Pat’s last chance
2001 Australian Open final: Andre Agassi defeats Arnaud Clément
2003 Australian Open: last Grand Slam title for Agassi
2005 Australian Open: Heartbreak for Lleyton Hewitt

Marketing:

Australian Open 2013: live like a player

Fashion and gear:

Roger Federer Nike outfit preview
Rafael Nadal Nike outfit preview
Roger Federer Nike outfit
Juan Martin Del Potro Nike outfit
Serena Williams Nike outfit
Maria Sharapova Nike outfit
Victoria Azarenka Nike outfit
Li Na Nike outfit
Ana Ivanovic adidas dress
Venus Williams dress by EleVen
Kei Nishikori and Shingo Kunieda Uniqlo outfit
Lleyton Hewitt C’mon outfit

Polls:

Who will win the Australian Open 2013?

  • Novak Djokovic (44%, 56 Votes)
  • Roger Federer (41%, 53 Votes)
  • Andy Murray (7%, 9 Votes)
  • Juan Martin Del Potro (3%, 4 Votes)
  • Other (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Tomas Berdych (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (1%, 1 Votes)
  • David Ferrer (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Richard Gasquet (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Milos Raonic (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 128

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Who will win the Australian Open 2013?

  • Serena Williams (37%, 45 Votes)
  • Maria Sharapova (26%, 31 Votes)
  • Victoria Azarenka (17%, 20 Votes)
  • Agnieszka Radwanska (7%, 8 Votes)
  • Li Na (5%, 6 Votes)
  • Other (5%, 6 Votes)
  • Angelique Kerber (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Petra Kvitova (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Sam Stosur (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Sara Errani (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 121

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Twenty years ago, the flame made its mark for the first time on the Nike Air Tech Challenge.

To pay homage to 1992, Nike Tennis has created a new Flame collection.

Source: Nike Facebook page

Federer‘s signature shoe with ‘Agassi colorways’.

The Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour Black/White/Purple are on sale on Tennis Warehouse:

Via Crocked Tongues

The legendary Nike Air Tech Challenge is going to be somewhat resurrected once again this Fall as the new Nike Air Max Challenge. The Nike Air Max Challenge is a new Nike Tennis sneaker that is inspired by the Andre Agassi classic with modern day performance enhancements.

The Nike Air Max Challenge will feature some of Nike’s current technology from different models such as the Vapor and Courtballistec. It’ll be equipped with an OG-inspired colorway and graphics to give it more of a retro feel. The Nike Air Max Challenge is expected to drop in the upcoming weeks.

Via theshoegame