It’s been 80 years since a Japanese player the Grand Slam has seen a Japanese player reach the action in the quarterfinals. Kei Nishikori has done just that at this year’s Australian Open, rocking some sweat absorbing UNIQLO gear.

UNIQLO tennis wear

UNIQLO is developing a new line of tennis wear that will mimic the match wear worn by Nishikori at the 2012 Australian Open. The collection will include 12 items, ranging from apparel to accessories. Shirts, shorts, warm-ups, hats, wristbands, socks and a tennis bag are among the offerings.
The new line uses Uniqlo’s new Dry-Ex fabric, that absorbs perspiration, dries quickly, and is thin, light and breathable. Flat seam stitching provides extra comfort.

UNIQLO tennis wear

UNIQLO tennis wear

UNIQLO tennis wear

Prices of the clothing line range from 3,900 yen ($50) for shorts and tops to 6,990 yen ($90) for warm-up jackets. Accessories such as wristbands, a cap and a bag will also be available, ranging in price from 790 yen ($10) to 5,990 yen ($77).

The first pieces in the series will be released on April 2 and will be available only online in Japan and at the retailer’s new flagship in Tokyo’s Ginza district, opening March 16.

UNIQLO has sponsored Nishikori since last year, when it started creating one-off pieces for the athlete to wear during matches. Previously sponsored by adidas, Nishikori chose UNIQLO partly because it offered “greater long-term potential for Kei to earn money,” IMG agent Olivier Van Lindonk said.

“Uniqlo can become a partner for Kei for a long time, even after his playing days are over”.

Feliciano Lopez, who has been playing Wilson racquets since he was a junior, is now as a head to toe Wilson athlete.

2012 Australian Open: Wilson collection

The new spring collection that Lopez wears at the Australian Open includes the Wilson Laser Speed Crew with tri-color burn out technology for advanced cooling within a dynamic design, a Wilson Blow Away Crew with laser cut seams for abrasion resistance and total mobility, and the Wilson Tour Ikon shoe, featuring trademarked RG technology for ultimate support and durability.

LASER SPEED CREW
Dynamic tri-color burn out patterned short sleeve crew. Raglan crew with front chest and side contrast insets, mesh paneling for excellent zoned cooling effects.

2012 Australian Open: Wilson collection
2012 Australian Open: Wilson collection

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Roger Federer chooses a classic, but not conventional look with highly advanced performance features. Dri-FIT UV jersey fabric in this polo wicks away sweat and provides protection from harmful UV rays. The sleeves are a touch longer than is typical, delivering added UV protection. A unique yard dye stripe design in this polo wraps around the body and the narrow contrast color stripe adds a modern take to a familiar classic on the court.
Designed to be paired with the RF Oz Polo, these well crafted woven shorts combine performance fabrics and enduring design details.

Roger Federer Nike outfit

Roger Federer Nike outfit

Roger Federer’s shoes: the Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour

Roger Federer Nike shoes

Rafael Nadal keeps his cool in this ultra lightweight and breathable crew with his signature bull logo on the back hem and a vivid geometric sublimation print over the mesh shoulder panels. The focus on the perfect 360 degree fit resulted in removing the seam at the top of the armhole for better freedom of movement and adding bonded elastic taping to boldly reinforce seams at front and back. Mesh sleeves and side panels increase ventilation and reduce weight while Dri-FIT fabrics throughout help to draw sweat away from the skin.

Rafael Nadal Nike outfit

Nike designers set out to build a better short for Rafael Nadal and they found inspiration at the beach. Achieve a board short-inspired look with these ultra lightweight and quick dry shorts made with a gusseted Velcro closure to eliminate extraneous weight and bulk and deliver a customized fit. The shorts combine Dri-FIT stretch woven polyester and mesh for cool, dry comfort.
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Last season’s successes lifted Li Na up into the tennis stratosphere and made her one of China’s national heroes. She’ll start her 2012 quest for further glory in a white, clean-cut, Nike Pure Tennis top. The crisp look continues in an old royal Nike Rally Knit Skirt with an appealing ruffle and contrasting black piping.

Li Na Nike outfit

Na Li Nike outfit