Nike’s most famous tennis athlete may soon be leaving the brand.
Roger Federer’s deal with Nike has expired, and reports are saying the Swiss tennis star may switch brands.
According to multiple reports, Federer could be headed for a deal with Japanese company Uniqlo, which previously sponsored Novak Djokovic.
“It has already expired in March and we are in negotiations,” Federer said of his Nike contract.
“They are rumors and nothing is ruled out, neither my continuity in Nike nor the end of our collaboration, nor a change to any brand.”
Though an extension with Nike is not being ruled out, there is talk about Federer receiving a 10-year, $300 million deal from Uniqlo. Not only would that pay him well, but it would come at the end of his tennis-playing career. The 36-year-old is already playing a more limited schedule, so it might be hard to turn down that kind of money so close to retirement.
Roger Federer announced on Saturday that he will skip the clay court season for the second year in a row.
Federer lost in the Miami Open on Saturday to Thanasi Kokkinakis 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 in the second round of the tournament. The defeat was Federer’s second in a row, marking the first time since 2014 that he has lost consecutive matches. Losing to the 175th-ranked Kokkinankis will cost Federer the world No. 1 ranking.
After the match, Federer said he will duplicate his strategy from last year and skip the clay season, with hopes of producing the same results. In 2017, Federer won Wimbledon for the eighth time in his career.
At age 36, Federer is clearly focusing on giving himself the best chance to win targeted events and excel in his areas of strength.
This will mark the third year in a row that Federer skips the French Open. Federer is set to play in the Gerry Weber Open in Halle in June, which he won last year before going on to win Wimbledon.
Not only that, but the Swiss icon’s ascent to the top makes him the oldest No. 1 in history, as the 36-year-old surpassed Andre Agassi, who was No. 1 in the world in 2003 at the age of 33.
That fact prompted Federer to offer up a funny tweet about his achievement.
Apparently I’m the oldest tennis player with a # ranking. Somebody might have mentioned that to me already but I had a hard time hearing
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) February 16, 2018
Way to embrace it, Roger.
Federer is showing no signs of slowing down, having started the year by walking off with his 20th major title. And make no mistake — Federer still celebrates his victories, by his own admission, like someone half his age would.
Roger Federer is one of the greatest tennis competitors of all-time. Klay Thompson is one of the greatest shooters in the history of basketball. So, any athletic competition between these two would be a treat.
It appears there is potential for a legendary ping-pong match between the two. It started with Warriors coach Steve Kerr relaying a conversation between the athletes that happened last week in Shanghai.
Steve Kerr relayed a convo between Roger Federer and Klay Thompson.
Klay: How's your ping pong game?
Federer: Pretty nice
Klay: Mine, too
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 12, 2017
Juan Martin Del Potro pulled off a major quarterfinals win over Roger Federer at the US Open on Wednesday night, and ESPN captured the perfect shot of him celebrating.
Del Potro won in four sets, 7-5, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4, closing out the match with a big forehand winner. Del Potro took off his headband after winning, met Federer at the net for a nice embrace, and then he lifted his arms to the sky.
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) September 7, 2017
The placement of ESPN’s cameras that allowed them to get that shot was impressive.
The image was reminiscent of the iconic Andy Dufresne pose from “The Shawshank Redemption.”
— nick (@nick_pants) September 7, 2017
The victory marked Del Potro’s sixth against Federer.
“I played my best match of the tournament,” he told ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi afterwards.
Del Potro moves on to the semifinals where he will face Rafael Nadal, spoiling a heavily anticipated match between Roger and Rafa.
- Juan Martin del Potro
Roger Federer won his 19th Grand Slam and his eighth Wimbledon singles title Sunday. The man is simply a legend.
And it appears he celebrated his latest Wimbledon title in legendary fashion. His celebration was so wild that it inspired the Washington Post to use “lit” in a headline.
“Yeah, my head’s ringing,” Federer said Monday. “I don’t know what I did last night. I drank too many types of drinks, I guess.”
Sunday night brought the the annual champions’ dinner and dance in London. Federer, 35, is a father of four, but that didn’t stop him from having a blast Sunday night.
“After the ball we went to — what would you call it? I guess it’s a bar,” Federer said. “And there were almost 30 to 40 friends that were there. We had a great time. Got to bed at 5, then woke up, and just didn’t feel good. The last hour or so I’m somewhat okay again. I’m happy with that.”
The man stayed out until 5 a.m. drinking “too many types of drinks” with his friends. Federer was operating on an empty stomach, too; he said he hadn’t eaten.
“There was no music, but it was a great dinner,” Federer said. “I always feel bad that we arrive so late. By the time I got there they were already on the main course, which is a bit unfortunate in my opinion. But I was happy to be there again. It never grows old.”
May Roger Federer win Grand Slams forever.
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) July 16, 2017
The first major of the 2017 tennis season is in the books, and for many it represented a throwback to the old days.
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer met in the men’s finals, while the Williams sisters faced each other in the women’s final.
It was a big tournament for the 30-plus crowd as many veteran greats showed a resurgence, while some of the previous top players in the world are giving reasons for fans to be concerned.
With that in mind, here are 10 takeaways from this year’s Australian Open.
10. Novak Djokovic needs to get his head right
No player disappointed in Melbourne this year more than Novak Djokovic.
The Australian Open is his tournament. He has won it six times and entered 2017 having won it five of the previous six years. That means he was 40-1 at the Australian Open since 2011 entering this year’s tournament. And then he went out and lost to Denis Istomin in the second round of the tournament, marking one of the biggest upsets there of all time.
This defeat has many asking “what’s wrong with Djokovic?”
Keep in mind that Djokovic also lost in the third round at Wimbledon last year to Sam Querrey, which was his worst major finish since 2009. He lost in the first round of the men’s singles event at the Olympics. He lost in the finals of the US Open to Stan Wawrinka. And he lost the world No. 1 ranking to Andy Murray.
Djokovic and coach Boris Becker parted ways at the end of the year, which seemed like a warning sign. Under Becker, Nole enjoyed the most success of his career. He won six of 12 possible majors during which Becker coached him, including holding all four titles at the same time.
After Nole was upset by Istomin, Becker questioned his former pupil’s focus and mentality.
“I didn’t recognize him today, his mentality,” Becker told the New York Times after the loss to Istomin.
“Obviously the second half of last year, there was a different priority,” Becker said. “Novak was the first one to admit that, and I think that was the main reason for me to stop this because I thought my job isn’t that important anymore obviously. Having watched the match today, I felt he tried and he played five sets and four and a half hours, but I didn’t see the intensity, didn’t see the absolute will to win, didn’t see him mentally going crazy.
“He always was very nonchalant about it, and that is not the Novak that I know. I’d rather see him break a racket or pull the shirt or something, for him to get emotional. I thought it was very even keel the whole match through, and that was unusual, and I don’t know what to make of that.”
Does Djokovic still have the burning desire to be the best in the world? Or does he have other priorities now? If it’s the latter, then that will open the door for some new blood to step up.
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