Federer stuns by appearing in Uniqlo instead of Nike

Federer stuns by appearing in Uniqlo instead of Nike

Federer walked out on Centre Court for his Wimbledon opener on Monday in a white Uniqlo shirt, wristband and headband.

ESPN reported Federer's earnings on-court are around $116m, making this new deal more than double his current tennis paycheck.

Federer came out in unbranded warm-ups, and during the match against Dusan Lajovic of Serbia, the 20-time Grand Slam victor wore a White Uniqlo shirt, shorts and headband and with white Nike shoes.

During his partnership with Nike Federer created the iconic "RF" logo, which is owned by the brand.

Federer looked his same old self in his new gear, disposing of Dusan Lajovic 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 in the first round. Nike had sponsored Federer for the past decade and was on his body for all 20 of his career Grand Slams.

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Despite the separation from Nike, Federer is still wearing personalized Nike shoes that include an updated logo just for the 2018 Wimbledon Championships. "In a short period of time, it will come to me". "I felt very good out there".

Uniqlo does not now make tennis footwear.

"I assume that the RF line that we've come to know will simply go away", Andrews said.

According to Forbes magazine's recent list of the world's highest-paid athletes, Federer now earns $77.2m (£57.63m) a year, with his Nike sponsorship one of the most lucrative deals in sport.

Federer, who was sporting a plain white bandana while playing Serbia's Dusan Lajovic in the first round, has yet to comment on the switch to the Japanese casual wear designer.

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Uniqlo had previously been associated with Federer's rival Novak Djokovic.

"They are my initials.

Uniqlo will help Mr Federer continue taking tennis to new places, while exploring innovations in a number of areas including technology and design with him".

During the extended guessing-game of the past month, it has been easy to forget that Great Britain still has a man in the top 20.

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