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lim

Professional
She has notoriously continued to wear shoes that Nike made a bit under 10 years ago. Suggesting she is very picky about her shoes whether modern shoes are "good" or not. For the record I too love Asics Speeds and think all manufacturers have made fine shoes recently... pros are just "like" that
Guess will find out at RG
https://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_...-madrid-rome-tournaments-due-hip?platform=amp

Of all the brands I would have thought yonex would have went after her for racquet + clothing then she could have kept her 9.5s.
 

lacoster

Professional
Guess will find out at RG
https://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_...-madrid-rome-tournaments-due-hip?platform=amp

Of all the brands I would have thought yonex would have went after her for racquet + clothing then she could have kept her 9.5s.

Yonex already signed a head-to-toe agreement with Bencic back in 2015: https://www.yonex.co.uk/company/news/general/belinda-bencic-signs-head-to-toe-deal-with-yonex/

Bencic was all-Yonex from 2015-2017. It just so happened that the Vapor 9.5 in 2017 was her first Nike shoe and she never liked anything else after it.
 

amc1787

New User
She has notoriously continued to wear shoes that Nike made a bit under 10 years ago. Suggesting she is very picky about her shoes whether modern shoes are "good" or not. For the record I too love Asics Speeds and think all manufacturers have made fine shoes recently... pros are just "like" that

She's had a lot of injuries, some of which are foot- and leg-related. Maybe she just wanted to stick with something that worked/she felt was supportive and didn't want to take chances with new products. I imagine her connections to Hingis — whose career was famously derailed by foot injuries that she says were caused by ill-fitting shoes — may also have made Bencic less reluctant to switch.
 

Devil_dog

Hall of Fame
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Belinda has worn the discontinued Nike 9.5s FOREVER. I was always surprised she didn't wear any other current Nike shoe. I guess I won't have to wonder anymore.
 

Salomonzar12

New User
is halep still with nike? and dimitrov had his blanchet stolen in Barcelona a month ago and it seems that he bought it and it's not that he's his sponsor because he doesn't have another unit.
 
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fox

Professional
Why Asics kept giving Iga those pajamas all year while she was in the spotlight and now they can manage to produce something much better for Bencic...
 

eman11

Semi-Pro
Dimitrov wears in his last match nike past season clothes, is the end of his contract?
I did not want to believe it... but I do think his contract has expired and is working on something and does not want to let go just yet.

From what I can see.... I believe the:
- shoes at Geneva are from 2018 clay swing
- shorts from 2019 (swoosh in the back side of the side of the shorts/slit
- shirt is from a different year as well. I believe he was wearing all black that year.

*correct me if I am wrong*

 

ey039524

Hall of Fame
If dimitrov doesn't currently have a contract, it's a good time for him to make a final.

I think shapo is the next one gone.

Bublik is fine bc it's clay court season now. Grass, hard, and indoors will suit his style.
 

lim

Professional
If dimitrov doesn't currently have a contract, it's a good time for him to make a final.

I think shapo is the next one gone.

Bublik is fine bc it's clay court season now. Grass, hard, and indoors will suit his style.
dimi lost in straights. not sure if the fact he can't win a 250 is helping out his case
 
She’s not been with Adidas since the start of the year… and with Stan wearing old Yonex clothes for some reason, perhaps they found a nice chunk of money suddenly freed up.
 

LiamMiguel

Semi-Pro
She’s not been with Adidas since the start of the year… and with Stan wearing old Yonex clothes for some reason, perhaps they found a nice chunk of money suddenly freed up.
I’m assuming Stan is still with Yonex at least for clothing. He’s mentioned on their site as one of the players wearing the French Open line this year (even though he’s still wearing the AO line).
 

lim

Professional
She’s not been with Adidas since the start of the year… and with Stan wearing old Yonex clothes for some reason, perhaps they found a nice chunk of money suddenly freed up.
What a miss for them. Guess they spent everything on sakkari who just flamed out in the first rnd
 

fox

Professional
What a miss for them. Guess they spent everything on sakkari who just flamed out in the first rnd
Adidas spends some fair amount of money on Stefanos, Zverev or FAA, don’t think Sakkari earns that much. On the other hand Yonex is known for sponsoring tall blonde girls so…
 

lim

Professional
Adidas spends some fair amount of money on Stefanos, Zverev or FAA, don’t think Sakkari earns that much. On the other hand Yonex is known for sponsoring tall blonde girls so…
I’m just talking about the womens side. No knock on Sakkari, pegula, ect but none of them have a GS. Then a 2X slam winner falls into their lap and they let it slip through their hands.
 

fox

Professional
I’m just talking about the womens side. No knock on Sakkari, pegula, ect but none of them have a GS. Then a 2X slam winner falls into their lap and they let it slip through their hands.
But:
1. no matter if that's women or men they have probably 3 huge contracts on them so maybe don't want to invest much more
2. she probably wanted much more money now due to her recent success (which still isn't a GS cause it was already last year) so they needed to reassess as probably they haven't paid her huge amounts before
 

dkmura

Professional
Rybakina has to be the hottest endorsee in women's tennis right now. I agree that it's surprising that Yonex were able to pry her away from a big company like Adidas.
 

Fairhit

Hall of Fame
Looks much better than the Adidas one-piece she was wearing that had seams on the chest that stuck out like nipples at the end.
Agree, that kit looked outdated, the fabric looked like it was from the 60´s, heavy and those seams were at least, unfortunately placed.
 
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