Roger Federer could ditch Nike to sign a $29 million-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. According to the Express, the 36-year-old has 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 March 1, and he can now boost his annual income by almost 30 percent. Uniqlo sponsored Novak Djokovic until 2017, and the company works alongside Japanese star Kei Nishikori.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion could wear his new sponsor’s clothing during the upcoming Wimbledon tournament. But the Japanese company does not produce tennis shoes, so he will have to look elsewhere for that.
Throughout his time with Nike, Federer created the instantly recognizable “RF” logo. But this is owned by Nike, and it is expected that he will be re-branded by Uniqlo.