Federer stuns by appearing in Uniqlo instead of Nike

Roger Federer

BBCRoger Federer was seen wearing UNIQLO for the first time

Having been with Nike since 1994, the athlete continued to wear even after the partnership expired.

Reigning champion and top seed Roger Federer will begin his 20th consecutive Wimbledon campaign on Monday but the Swiss ace says he still feels nervous at the thought of playing the opening match of the tournament on Centre Court.

"The RF logo is with Nike, but it will come to me at some point", he added. Nike still owns the trademark for his "RF" logo.

Federer insists that he has not had a full divorce from Nike - hence the USA company's shoes on the feet of the 20-time grand slam victor. "It's very exciting also again to see what's out there, who wants to do something with me".

"Mr. Federer is one of the greatest champions in history - my respect for him goes beyond sport", said Uniqlo Founder and Chairman Tadashi Yanai. While the swoosh may be gone for good, Federer wants to reclaim his initials.

"I don't have a shoe deal". "For now, I will be wearing Nike". Ties are not broken there. It had a deal with Novak Djokovic beginning in 2012, but he left for Lacoste past year. It was the flawless way to banish the demons of last week's Halle Open final loss to Borna Coric, and it will have been a welcome relief to have spent just 79 minutes out in the blistering heat on Centre.

Lajovic did acclimatise to make more of a contest of the second set, but he had little in his arsenal to trouble the Federer serve.

The change in attire certainly had the world's tennis media talking. "It's a big deal", Federer said the day before The Championships.

He gifted Nadal the break in the first game of the second set when he hit a straightforward volley at the net and from then on seemed resigned to his fate against an energetic-looking Nadal.

Let's hope by the time Wednesday rolls around, fashion will take a back step when Federer and Serena return to action, and tennis will come to the fore.

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