Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Roger Federer Ditches Nike For Massive $US300 Million With Japanese Brand Uniqlo

Roger Federer Ditches Nike For Massive $US300 Million With Japanese Brand Uniqlo

In addition, Rafa has played his first official match on grass this season, deciding to skip Queen's for the third straight year after claiming the 11th title at Roland Garros and he can be pleased with the way he performed in the opening match. They are my initials.

Japanese retailer Uniqlo has secured Roger Federer as its global brand ambassador just in time for the start of Wimbledon.

Sports news site ESPN reported the price tag of Federer's new deal, but Uniqlo has not shared the specific terms.

Federer confirmed his switch from the USA sportswear brand to Uniqlo on the first day of Wimbledon by walking out to play in his new outfit but remained in personalised Wimbledon Nike trainers as he beat Dusan Lajovic in straight sets on Monday. "I am happy to get through that", Williams later said.

Spaniard Lopez has now moved past Roger Federer's previous record of 65 consecutive Grand Slam appearances, and wasted little time hitting form in south west London.

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"I have such high expectations of myself", said Williams, whose 23 Grand Slam singles championships include seven at Wimbledon, so she was seeded 25th even though her ranking is 181st following an extended absence.

But everything else was familiar for the 36-year-old eight-time champion as the Swiss cruised past world number 57 Lajovic in just 79 minutes.

World number one Rafael Nadal won the first match he has played since last month's French Open triumph, beating Israel's Dudi Sela in straight sets to reach the Wimbledon second round.

'I don't remember emotional match that the total time of the match have been two hours. He still wore the American company's shoes on court, although he may have had to pay for these ones himself.

Second seed Caroline Wozniacki, who has never got to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, built on her Eastbourne title at the weekend with a 59-minute, 6-0, 6-3 win over Varvara Lepchenko.

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Federer didn't face a break point and showed off the full repertoire of shots that has made him the most successful male player ever at Wimbledon.

Elsewhere, Sam Querrey, the American 11th seed who made the semi-finals a year ago, saw off Australia's Jordan Thompson 6-2, 6-4, 6-3. "We share a strong passion to have a positive impact on the world around us and look forward to combining our creative endeavours", said Federer.

Diatchenko stood her ground and leveled the match in a second tie-break of the evening, continuing to play catch-up in the decider as Sharapova broke serve in the third and seventh games.

"It was a great relationship with Nike and this is going to be, too - one that carries well beyond Roger's playing days".

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