Roger Federer to ditch Nike and sign £22m-a-year decade-long deal with Uniqlo… but he won’t be able to take the ‘RF’ logo with him

ROGER FEDERER could ditch Nike to sign a £22m-a-year decade-long deal with Uniqlo, according to reports.

The Swiss star has sported Nike clothing for his entire career and the American company owns the legendary RF logo.

Roger Federer’s contract with Nike reportedly expired on March 1st

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Roger Federer’s contract with Nike reportedly expired on March 1st

According to the Express, the 36-year-old has reportedly already signed a deal with the Japanese company.

Federer signed his first contract with Nike in 1994, but the long-term partnership could now be coming to an end.

His previous deal expired on 1st March and he can now boost his annual income by almost 30 per cent.

Uniqlo sponsored Novak Djokivic until 2017 and they currently work alongside Japanese star Kei Nishikori.

Nike own the sponsorship of the famous ‘RF’ logo

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Nike own the sponsorship of the famous ‘RF’ logo

The 20-time Grand Slam champion could wear his new sponsor’s clothing during the upcoming Wimbledon tournament.

But the Japanese company do not produce tennis shoes, so he will have to look elsewhere for that.



Throughout his time with Nike, Federer created the instantly recognisable ‘RF’ logo.

But this is owned by the American company and it is expected that he will be re-branded by Uniqlo.

 

Novak Djokovic had a contract with Uniqlo from 2012 to 2017

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Novak Djokovic had a contract with Uniqlo from 2012 to 2017

Despite the speculation, he arrived to the Stuttgart Open wearing a Nike t-shirt, shorts, trainers and a headband.

Federer decided to skip the clay court season and the French Open to prepare for Wimbledon.

Roger Federer holds his trophy after the Australian Open final

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Roger Federer holds his trophy after the Australian Open final

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ROGER FEDERER could ditch Nike to sign a £22m-a-year decade-long deal with Uniqlo, according to reports.