Roger Federer finds Wimbledon 2018 opener ‘nerve-racking’

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As Uniqlo doesn't yet manufacture trainers, Federer was still wearing Nike trainers for his first match of Wimbledon against Dusan Lajovic.

Uniqlo then tweeted that they had signed Federer as a Global Brand Ambassador at the same time, with a photo showing Federer in his new threads.

Roger Federer is now with UNIQLO, leaving Nike for a massive deal.

Reports earlier this month suggested that the 36-year-old was preparing to end his career-long association with Nike in favour of a ten-year deal with Uniqlo after seeing his deal with the U.S. sportswear brand expire in March. The tennis superstar was seen wearing head-to-toe Uniqlo apparel when he took the court for his first match at Wimbledon on Monday morning.

According to Forbes magazine's recent list of the world's highest-paid athletes, Federer now earns $77.2m (£57.63m) a year, with his Nike sponsorship one of the most lucrative deals in sport.

Throughout his illustrious tennis career, Federer has become synonymous with Nike to the extent that he even had his own range (RF) with the sportswear giants.

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"Uniqlo really said, 'We need to make a major move within tennis, '" Andrews said. The "RF" logo did appear on the plastic bags that cover his rackets.

"I think he played nine matches over the course of a 10 or 11 day period", McEnroe said.

"I hope rather sooner than later, that Nike can be nice and helpful in the process to bring it over to me", Federer said. Look, it's the process. But the good news is that it will come with me at one point.

"They are my initials. In a short period of time, it will come to me".

Roger Federer's 21-year run with Nike is over.

Roger Federer wore Nike shoes on Monday.

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