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”.