Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by Thud and blunder, May 22, 2012.
Guess they couldn't afford him...
Links of Source??
EDIT: Found the link
Searched Bloomberg could not find story
Here you go:
Any news on who he's signed up with? Nike?
Yeah, seems like a strange time to split. It's right before a slam, with not much time for marketing, promotion etc.
Good for him. Those outfits were awful.
Yeah I'm happy too. Miss the days when he use to rock the Adidas gear.
Novak Djokovic Parts Ways With Sergio Tacchini
Novak Djokovic, the world’s best male tennis player, will end his two-year cooperation with Italian clothing brand Sergio Tacchini International, the company said.
“It has been mutually and amicably decided that, as of the 2012 Roland Garros Grand Slam, Novak Djokovic will no longer be the brand ambassador,” the company said in an e-mailed statement today.
Djokovic is the reigning Wimbledon, U.S. Open and Australian Open champion. He rose to the top spot of the men’s tennis rankings last July after he won his first Wimbledon title.
so who will have ND ? Nike or Adidas or another Clothing Sponsor?
strange period, but rumors said the 2012 hasn been paid yet so they just sold the contract to Lacoste till the end of the year (rumors from RG).
So, it was much sooner than anyone here would have anticipated... I vote for Nike, but somehow at this point - to me - it doesn't seem much possible. There was a word, before he went to ST, that he was very near to close the deal with K-Swiss. So, it could be just a small hint.
where is the loyalty in this world ? pretty soon, Nike will own every athlete
Yeah, it's confirmed he signed with UNIQLO.
Don't know if this is reliable but...
Apparently, it's not Nike after all, Japanese UNIQLO offered him a big deal and he'll sing with then on Wednesday at a ceremony in Paris.
Uniqlo? Just looked up some of there gear. Nothing special.
Uniqlo it is...
The next few days here are going to be epically amusing.
Uniqlo is nice but quite expensive imo
at least he'll represent a brand 90% dedicated to him (+ Nishikori)
UNIQLO -- go look at b92.net
would not be surprised if he acquired the distribution rights for eastern europe in this deal. I believe that's what he got from ST. I like this deal for ND. It's creative and risky.
Wow, my first thought was the headline "The Champion Nobody Cares About". If true no doubt money is gonna be good but seeing #1 in uniqlo is quite sad.
No one can say they didn't see this coming. ST were never in a position where they could realistically keep him for another 8 years or so.
i'd imagine it's a short term deal with uniqlo. Adidas prepping his return, Murray (or Verdasco, lol) out the window.
They are only clothes my friend.
I think it is a good move, as with ST, he is trying to become the ambassador of a brand, instead of being part of a team and he is thinking in the future not the right now, right now he makes tons of money by winning tournaments, he is already working on his retirement (from tennis) plan. It did not work out with ST maybe because they did not have the money but who knows, maybe Uniqlo does.
On the other hand I really believe Nike nor Adidas can't afford him, they would have to either let go some of the lower ranked players AND increase the gear prices, cna you imagine Barricades at $150??
They don't need to hike up tennis gear in particular, they could do anything...get rid of Murray would free up some cash, for instance.
Read he is signing with Uniqlo... Same Japanese company as Kei Nishikori. He will wearing it starting at RG 2012.
Why not back to Adidas? They haven't really had a long term #1 player in both ATP and WTA (even though #1 player changes weekly) for awhile now?
This would be the point where you said you were going to laugh in my face...
Oh, wait. No... :lol:
I wont hold my breath waiting.
Uniqlo, expensive?? Are you sure, it's what Zara use to be years ago before they became expensive, quality clothes for cheap prices.
He's with Uniqlo, but I think it's a short-term contract till something more substantial is sorted.
Uniqlo didn't quite expect that
Still think Novak will be in Nike come 2013.
What they would pay Djoko. is pocket change to Nike and Adidas. It is more a question of where he would fit within their lines.
They are for noname like myself but for No1 it is much more than that imo.
Bonuses is what killed them. They were set very high because nobody on this planetexpected what happened in 2011. The contract itself was fine cashflow wise.
I think he will be in Nike come 2013.
I think your right. This is most likely a temp deal until 2013 comes rolling around. I really wouldn't be surprised if Adidas boots Murray off to sign Djokovic again. Would be a laugh if that happened though. A Nike deal is also possible, but I guess we'll find out more tomorrow.
Darren Ravelle, CNBC Sports Columnist, has the details on the breakup... Looks like ST truly dropped the ball in every way possible:
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ST never really had a presence here in the states. Poor marketing and poor designs.
Hope he goes with Adidas...I love their shirts.
Their stuff seems to be along the lines of Gap/Banana Republic. http://www.gq.com/style/profiles/201110/uniqlo-flagship-store-sneak-peek#slide=1
I did, what's up?
Hmm...guess I must be living under a rock; I've never seen nor heard of this brand. Looks like it's huge in Asia (no pun intended). However, I just went to their website and there is no athletic wear. It does mention a few of their sponsored athletes though.
Offical press conference will be in Paris tomorrow - One statement that ST made in both the Italian and French press was that Nole become bigger than the brand.....reality was/is the ST stuff didnt sell - period. He will start wearing the Uniqlo stuff this week -
Looks like a similar move that Cerrutti 1881 did back in the 80's - high end Italian fashion with a dedicated tennis line with 2 or 3 players (Wilander and Connors).
Uniqlo has like 3 US stores in NYC I believe and opening one in California (Bay Area i think) later in the fall.
Please Adidas make your move.......GOD plz reply my prayer -.-
Really? Is it THAT important? C'mon people, as someone else mentioned - it's just clothing
I'm pretty certain that whatever god you pray to has bigger fish to fry. That means you too, Tim Tebow
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