Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer could end his 21 years affiliation with Nike,Reports have emerged suggesting the 36-year-old is set to turn his back on the Swoosh in favor of a lucrative long-term deal with Uniqlo. It’s rumored that Federer’s 10-year contract with Nike, signed in 2008 and said to be the biggest in the history of tennis, ended on March 1. Italian journalist Vincenzo Martucci has claimed that Uniqlo has agreed a deal with the 20-time Grand Slam winner until 2028, said to be worth $30 million a year.
If the reports are true, Federer would wear Uniqlo for the first time at Wimbledon in July. The Swiss star has held a number of endorsement deals over his career with brands including Moët & Chandon, Gillette, Rolex, Lindt, and racket-maker Wilson.
Uniqlo would have to rebrand Federer, as Nike currently owns the “RF” logo. Some of Federer’s most notable ’fits from his time with Beaverton include the “Darth Vader” from the 2007 U.S. Open and the infamous military-style jacket worn at Wimbledon in 2009 (along with a number of other jackets and blazers worn at SW19).