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Old 11-20-2009, 01:25 PM   #2
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There is another post on this but here is what I just received from the USRSA Daily News.

Novak Djokovic is expected to be unveiled as the new face of Sergio Tacchini tennis this weekend as the world no.3 bids farewell to adidas who has clothed the 22 year-old Serbian throughout his career.

The Italian company is determined to regain a foothold in the top flight tennis market after falling from prominence after the likes of John McEnroe, Pete Sampras and Gabriela Sabatini ensured that their styles and trademark was one of the most recognizable on the show courts of the world.

Currently the highest profile players on the Sergio Tacchini roster are Spainís Tommy Robredo and the giant Croatian Ivo Karlovic. But Djokovic, whose deal with adidas was unlikely to be renewed following the recently announced a five year 5 million dollar-a-year deal with world no.4 Andy Murray.

Several other companies, most notably K-Swiss, were known to be in the hunt for Djokovicís signature but the player has close links with Italy after spending several of his formative years training under coach Riccardo Piatti.

Djokovic, who controversially swapped rackets at the beginning of this year, ditching his tested Wilson for a much more lucrative deal with Head, and then admitted to suffering the consequences for several months, will conclude his adidas contract next week as he defends his title at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at Londonís o2 Arena.

The last time Sergio Tacchini featured in a major triumph was Goran Ivanisevicís memorable Wimbledon win in 2001 but many well-known tennis players from the 1970s and 1980s such as Jimmy Connors, Vitas Gerulaitis, Ilie Nastase, Mats Wilander, McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Sergi Bruguera, Pat Cash and Martina Hingis besides Sabatini, Sampras and McEnroe wore the clothing with pride.
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