Roger Federer has confirmed that his long-standing contract with Nike came to an end in March amid rumors the Swiss star is poised to agree a £22 million-a-year, decade-long deal with Japanese clothing firm Uniqlo.
The 36-year-old winner of a record 20 career Grand Slams has worn Nike his entire career and the American company still owns the trademark ‘RF’ logo.
But his deal with Nike, first signed in 1994, expired on March 1 and now Federer has reportedly been offered a more lucrative tie-up.
Uniqlo sponsored Novak Djokovic until 2017 and work with Japanese player Kei Nishikori, but signing Federer would be a huge coup.
Though Federer was keen to play down the new deal, worth 220 million pounds over 10 years, at the Stuttgart Open on Monday, he could wear clothing by his new sponsor at Wimbledon.
‘It’s rumors… but I haven’t had a contract with Nike since March,’ Federer said. ‘We’re talking. We’ll see what happens. I’ll let you know.’
Federer continued to wear Nike t-shirt, shorts, trainers and headband as he trained at the Stuttgart Open on Monday.
One complication comes with the ‘RF logo’, which is owned by Nike but it is believed it will be rebranded by Uniqlo.
The Japanese firm, however, do not make tennis shoes, potentially opening the door for another sponsorship deal.