Sponsership changes in 2019?

Interesting situation with Kachanov and Head. I know we all talk a lot on here about how the quality of Head frames has deteriorated over the years, but there are still some recent gems. The Radical Graphene MP, NOT the Radical Graphene "XT" version, is an incredible frame with the right setup.

If he were to move to Head officially, would it be a combination of IG Radical MP w/ Prestige cosmetics?
No, probably it would be IG Radical MP with Graphene Touch Radical MP cosmetics, since no CAP grommets.
 
Basher in Lotto.

Seems to be a step down from Hydrogen which is odd since he must be considered to be on the way up.
Lotto is a big step up imo.

Lotto is a much bigger company with a bigger scope for endorsement. He is most likely getting paid more, getting more apparel, and also having his shoes covered. I'm not a huge fan of all of the Lotto range but the red gradient kit doing the rounds at the moment looks great.
 
Lotto is a big step up imo.

Lotto is a much bigger company with a bigger scope for endorsement. He is most likely getting paid more, getting more apparel, and also having his shoes covered. I'm not a huge fan of all of the Lotto range but the red gradient kit doing the rounds at the moment looks great.
Yeah I have never liked the Hydrogen look. Seems misplaced on a tennis court.

Looks good!
 
She changed from Adidas for Bidi Badu? not so long ago.
Sofibella not Bidi Badu, she helped design her stuff, but they don’t have big enough budget to keep her for multiple years.

Lacoste is not official yet, but she’s wearing the same dress as Bernarda Pera, who just switched to them as well from KSwiss. I guess we’ll see at AO, but Cibulkova is similar white version of that dress, but Kontaveit is wearing something completely different to other three.
 
Sofibella not Bidi Badu, she helped design her stuff, but they don’t have big enough budget to keep her for multiple years.

Lacoste is not official yet, but she’s wearing the same dress as Bernarda Pera, who just switched to them as well from KSwiss. I guess we’ll see at AO, but Cibulkova is similar white version of that dress, but Kontaveit is wearing something completely different to other three.
I believe it's from this year's AO / early spring collection.
https://s.err.ee/photo/crop/2019/01/03/580716h8f67t46.jpg

Male players are wearing shirts with a similar theme.
https://bloximages.chicago2.vip.tow...399-aaeb-031a4a243b60/5c2dc5aa6f447.image.jpg
http://www.tennisactu.net/photo/news/images/PAIRE Benoit/Dv1QdA4VYAc5I7K.jpg
 
Ernests Gulbis was the person who skipped Australian Open Qualies last year and in 2013 because he thought it was too expensive to travel to Australia for that. I think he's trying to live from his own money now. 8-B
Haha...yeah right...the guy probably has bars of gold that he uses as door stops at home.
 
Sofibella not Bidi Badu, she helped design her stuff, but they don’t have big enough budget to keep her for multiple years.

Lacoste is not official yet, but she’s wearing the same dress as Bernarda Pera, who just switched to them as well from KSwiss. I guess we’ll see at AO, but Cibulkova is similar white version of that dress, but Kontaveit is wearing something completely different to other three.
Yeah, not a big budget. Cibulkova is still with Lacoste?
 
Ernests Gulbis was the person who skipped Australian Open Qualies last year and in 2013 because he thought it was too expensive to travel to Australia for that. I think he's trying to live from his own money now. 8-B
May be it was just a reason not to flight to Australia and keep on resting?
 

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Gulbis sponsorship process:

"Dad can I have 10 million for some clothes this season?"

*puts check in pocket*

"Thanks"
Gulbis sponsoring process:

"Dad can I have X sum to buy a stake in Adidas big enough to make them pick me as a sponsored athlete?"

"Puts check in pocket".

"Thanks".

:cool:
 
Konta is wearing Ellesse apparel in Brisbane, so I’m guessing she was signed by the global brand not Japanese branch?
It's the UK brand for sure given she's wearing their dress. The UK owners of Ellesse seem to be interested only in UK players (who are also probably cheap to free).
 
@Bobby Jr all this time thought it was a Spanish brand
No, it was Italian - founded by Leonardo Servadio (his initials sounded-out form the Ellesse name). In the late 80s it was acquired outright by UK company Pentland who own lots of brands - Canterbury, Speedo, Boxfresh etc (I think they now even own some of Lacoste too). For most of the last 20 years they've focused on 80s style tracksuits etc for the casual market - much of it complete rubbish. Later, a Japanese company sub-licensed the brand for their local market for tennis/badminton where old-school European brands are still popular (fyi, Le Coq Sportif and a other brands also do Japan-only ranges) and went down a really nice design path with their clothing.

When the UK company decided to get back into tennis in about 2014 they didn't have any tennis clothing for Lopez, Haas and Puig so they wore the Japanese gear which came as part of package deal for them to play the Toyko Open each year. The UK gear is slowly improving but they're still often schizophrenic jumbles of design ideas.
 
No, it was Italian - founded by Leonardo Servadio (his initials sounded-out form the Ellesse name). In the late 80s it was acquired outright by UK company Pentland who own lots of brands - Canterbury, Speedo, Boxfresh etc (I think they now even own some of Lacoste too). For most of the last 20 years they've focused on 80s style tracksuits etc for the casual market - much of it complete rubbish. Later, a Japanese company sub-licensed the brand for their local market for tennis/badminton where old-school European brands are still popular (fyi, Le Coq Sportif and a other brands also do Japan-only ranges) and went down a really nice design path with their clothing.

When the UK company decided to get back into tennis in about 2014 they didn't have any tennis clothing for Lopez, Haas and Puig so they wore the Japanese gear which came as part of package deal for them to play the Toyko Open each year. The UK gear is slowly improving but they're still often schizophrenic jumbles of design ideas.
LMAO I have always thought the name was weird and now to hear the story behind it is even funnier EL ES.
 
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