Roger Federer May Leave Nike For Much Richer Deal With Uniqlo
Global tennis superstar Roger Federer’s been rocking the Nike Swoosh since before the mid-1990s. With his contract expiring this past March, he and Nike are still under negotiations, but the Swiss legend’s been fielding offers from the sportswear brand’s competitors in the world of tennis. It’s been reported that Japanese apparel brand UNIQLO is ready to pay Federer $29 million a year for the next decade – an annual salary that is almost four times his paycheck from most recent contract with Nike. Considering UNIQLO isn’t a footwear brand, another company could possibly step in to sign Federer on a shoe-only deal, and with that said it’s possible that German brand adidas could come into the mix with an offer of their own. It’s possible that Roger Federer and Nike could continue their partnership on footwear only, but it’s tough to imagine the brand downsize the full on-court and lifestyle RF collection, although we’ve seen the success from Federer’s collaboration with Michael Jordan on the Zoom Vapor Tour AJ3.
Meanwhile, Nike is still pushing forward with other superstars of the sport; Serena Williams and the brand just released a special edition Blazer for the French Open, while the world’s #1 men’s tennis player Rafael Nadal just took home his 11th French Open title (his 17th overall major).