load_file(“/includes-n/article_top.html”);load_file(“/includes-n/float_share.html”);SPORT / TENNISFederer walks out at Wimbledon in Uniqlo shirt, instead of NikeBy AFPPublished: Jul 02, 2018 10:58 PMload_file(“/includes-n/article_share.html”);Roger Federers career-long association with Nike appeared to be over on Monday as the Wimbledon champion walked on to Center Court to open the defense of his title wearing a Uniqlo-branded outfit.Gone was the Nike swish from his bandana and the RF logo that usually appears on his jacket was also missing.While thousands of fans around Center Court wore baseball caps displaying the RF logo, ­Federer can no longer use it as the design is owned by the American apparel and equipment company that had sponsored the Swiss during all of his previous record 20 Grand Slam wins.Federer, who was sporting a plain white bandana while playing Serbias Dusan Lajovic in the first round, has yet to comment on the switch to the Japanese casual wear designer.The top seed, however, was wearing Nike footwear as Uniqlo doen not manufacture shoes.Uniqlo issued a statement to confirm it had signed the Swiss as its global brand ambassador.While no financial details were revealed, media reported the new deal will be worth around $30 million a year, compared with the $10 million dollars a year agreement Federer had with Nike.During last months grass-court event in ­Halle, Federer confirmed his deal with Nike had expired in March but he kept his arrangement with Uniqlo firmly under wraps until Monday.On Sunday, he turned up at the traditional champions pre-tournament news conference at the All England Club in a white shirt, grey ­blazer and navy trousers instead of the usual tennis whites he has sported in previous years. The only logo on show was the purple Wimbledon members badge pinned to his lapel.load_file(“/includes-n/article_share.html”);load_file(“/includes-n/article_most_view.html”);var wxs = (function() {return navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().indexOf(micromessenger) !== -1})();if (!wxs) {/* * * CONFIGURATION VARIABLES: EDIT BEFORE PASTING INTO YOUR WEBPAGE * * */var disqus_shortname = globaltimes; // required: replace example with your forum shortnamevar disqus_identifier = 1109216;/* * * DONT EDIT BELOW THIS LINE * * */(function () {var dsq = document.createElement(script); dsq.type = text/javascript; dsq.async = true;dsq.src = https:// + disqus_shortname + .disqus.com/embed.js;(document.getElementsByTagName(head)[0] || document.getElementsByTagName(body)[0]).appendChild(dsq);})();}Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.blog comments powered by Disqusload_file(“/includes-n/footer.html”);load_file(“/includes-n/addthis.html”);

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