Observation from Roddick/Mahut Match

Discussion in 'Pros' Racquets and Gear' started by sub.dude, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. sub.dude

    sub.dude New User

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    Watching the Roddick / Mahut match yesterday I noted something I dont recall seeing. Mahut was wearing Lotto shorts & shirt with Nike shoes. I dont recall seeing guys (or girls) mix gear from shoe manufacturers. I'm guessing Mahut (ranked ~95) doesn't have the clout for a comprehensive endorsement deal and therefore makes due as best he can.

    I think it would be fascinating to know how all the endorsement stuff works. I feature the top players get all the gear & money in the world while the journeymen (e.g. Mahut) just get by.
     
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  2. Richie Rich

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    i doubt Mahut sells too much clothing so he's lucky to even get free clothes.
     
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  3. BreakPoint

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    Mahut probably just gets free or discounted clothing and shoes. He wears Nike shoes because he obviously likes them better than Lotto shoes. Only the very top players get paid to wear anything. Donald Young being one of the few exceptions.
     
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  4. 0d1n

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    Clement wears Lacoste clothing and Nike shoes as far as I know (he certainly did that during the Davis Cup match against Romania). Llodra was the only one who was also wearing Lacoste shoes as far as I saw.
    Gasquet wears Lacoste clothing and Asics shoes. I've seen plenty of people with Barricades/Feathers who don't wear Adidas clothing...
    It's more common that you would think..
     
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  5. el_guerrero

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    I am from Argentina and know some pro players. The fact is that i.e. Lacoste have contract with some players and if they don't like shoes, they agree with some other Co (Nike, Adidas, etc.) and provide them to player. Player do not pay for shoes.
     
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  6. bsandy

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    I bet he's still got Andy' MOJO in his back pocket, from the first round victory at the US Open, a few years back.

    . . . Bud
     
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  7. mdjenders

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    huh. that was gilles muller, not mahut.
     
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  8. MEAC_ALLAMERICAN

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    The can be said about Grosjean, who wears Lacoste and for as long as I can remember has always wore Nike shoes. Andy Roddick wears Lacoste clothes and Babolat shoes, it guess it's more common than we think, just that we never pay much attention to it.
     
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  9. consistency wins

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    Clement did the same thing, although I think he switched to some Lacoste shoes recently...?
     
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  10. schwuller

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    if you really want to see this in action, check out photos of Djokovic (adidas contract guy) sometimes wearing Nike's AirMaxBreatheCage 2's with the Nike swoosh and Nike symbols removed!
     
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  11. Jonnyf

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    Mahut was previously sponsored by Nike (I think it was Wimbledon 05 he played Fed at Wimbledon decked all out on Nike)
    I belive Lotto provide clothes to any ATP pro inside a limit who wants it.
     
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  12. hmwmai

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    Yeah he did it at wimby this year... i couldn't believe it
     
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  13. SempreSami

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    Well it's not like it mattered much for adidas' marketing, he got pwned by fellow adidas image leader Safin.
     
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  14. BreakPoint

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    Yeah, the match result must have put a smile on the marketing execs at Adidas. See, Djokoic switches to Nike shoes and promptly loses to Safin wearing Adidas shoes in straight sets in the 2nd round, whereas, he got to the semis last year wearing Adidas shoes, just like Safin did this year. Can't make Nike look any worse. ;)
     
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  15. JW10S

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    Not always. You'll find players who have contracts to wear clothes--and only clothes--for a certain brand. They will then have a separate contract for shoes that has nothing to do with their clothing contract. And don't assume that all the pros are getting paid to wear certain gear be it clothing or shoes. Some get paid, some get gear for free, some get gear at reduced prices and some have combinations of any or all of the above.
     
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  16. ag200boy

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    roddick wears lacoste with babolat shoes right?
     
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  17. Dwhit

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    No way?! I haven't seen this before.
    Anyone have any pictures for evidence?
     
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