Unsponsored Player Question (ATP)

Ok here's a question. Say any one of us got the opportunity to play at the US Open or any other major event, what would we have to do considering our clothing and equipment? This is given we are unsponored.

Here is my example:

I play with the Babolat Pure Drive GT 135th edition racquet. I assume I would have to play with it unstenciled since I'm not sponsored. Would that be correct?

Same with my clothing, I love to sport Adidas from head to toe. Would I have to tape over any logos?

I'm just asking more out of curiosity than anything. Does the ATP have rules governing non-sponsored players?

What do you guys think? All I know is that if that dream opportunity came for me to play in a big event, I'd want to wear what I like.

Cheers!

H76
 
you can play in and with whatever you want. the reason you may see a player with a logo taped is because they don't want to advertise for a brand without getting paid. (i guess there's always the chance the logo is too big, which the atp/wta will step in and make them cover it up).

there are no rules governing non-sponsored players. the atp/wta are not involved with sponsorships.

so if you want to step out in a nike top, adidas short and babolat shoes with a stenciled dunlop frame and head bag, you definitely can.
 

Bobby Jr

G.O.A.T.
Nope. If you can buy it then the company can't stop you using it - with or without the logo. You can even use a Wilson with a Prince logo on it if you want. Or buy a Federer shirt and play against him in it (Nike would ask you not to but they've have to offer an alternative and it'd be up to you).

That sort of thing doesn't happen very often but it has - usually one player changes their shirt to a different colour version.

Sponsored players are not allowed to wear the same outfit as Federer/Nadal.
 

zak425

Semi-Pro
Ditto to the two replies. The only time you'll see a logo covered is when lets say you are sponsored head to toe by Wilson, but instead of Wilson shoes you are wearing Nike shoes, you would have to cover the swoosh mostly to not **** off your sponsor and have you booted, depending on how good you are.
 

baseline_monster

Professional
you can play in and with whatever you want. the reason you may see a player with a logo taped is because they don't want to advertise for a brand without getting paid. (i guess there's always the chance the logo is too big, which the atp/wta will step in and make them cover it up).

there are no rules governing non-sponsored players. the atp/wta are not involved with sponsorships.

so if you want to step out in a nike top, adidas short and babolat shoes with a stenciled dunlop frame and head bag, you definitely can.
Sums it up well. Common for players to try not to advertise brands who wouldnt give them deals, just means to company gets free advertising. In soccer years ago, alot of players used to black there boots out n stuff. I think if I was a good player and had a shot, I'd wear plain gear then you would have a good chance of brands seeing you were unsponsored and you never know lol
 
I like the multi logo idea! LOL I think it'd be hilarious watching all the companies go crazy with one person sporting all of their logos....
 
More like the other poster said; how about Dunlop Racquet, Babolat strings, Yonex Logo on the strings, Head cap, Adidas Shirt, Reebok Shorts, Nike socks, K-Swiss Shoes....
 

zasr4325

Professional
Well when Nolevak was still with adidas, and was their biggest player back in 08, he wore Breathe Cage 2s on Centre at Wimbly. He just taped over the swoosh, much like James Blake is doing now. I think flavia pennetta(?) wears a mixture of nike and adidas sometimes, and Murray used to wear barricades during the hard court swings, and then switch to vapors for the grass and clay seasons.
 
It used to be that if you didn't have an equipment sponsorship, at like say the US Open, there would be a company that would outfit you for that tournament (i.e. two pairs of shoes, couple of shirts and shorts) in the anticipation that you play a seed and the match is on TV. They get the exposure. I know that Adidas did this when I played the qualies for the US Open 30 years ago. Thats why you see alot of players in the qualies playing in mixed matched outfits (i.e. Asic shoes, Nike outfit, Adidas wristbands and socks) This the stuff the they have picked up at various tournaments around the world:)
 
Ok here's a question. Say any one of us got the opportunity to play at the US Open or any other major event, what would we have to do considering our clothing and equipment? This is given we are unsponored.

Here is my example:

I play with the Babolat Pure Drive GT 135th edition racquet. I assume I would have to play with it unstenciled since I'm not sponsored. Would that be correct?

Same with my clothing, I love to sport Adidas from head to toe. Would I have to tape over any logos?

I'm just asking more out of curiosity than anything. Does the ATP have rules governing non-sponsored players?

What do you guys think? All I know is that if that dream opportunity came for me to play in a big event, I'd want to wear what I like.

Cheers!

H76
New answer to an old question I was looking for the answer for. I don't think you can wear brand-name clothing without that sponsorship in a pro tournament. I saw an umpire in person make a WTA player take off a Wilson sweatband once, I see lots of low ranked players wearing generic clothing, which is very common in ITF matches I watch on espn.
 

JW10S

Hall of Fame
If you go to a Futures, Challenger or ITF event you will often see players who are not sponsored wearing mix and match clothes. I remember a guy who wore a Nike shirt, Asics shorts, Adidas socks and wristbands, and New Balance shoes--all with visible logos. Oddly he wore it everyday. Tennys Sandgren, who is not sponsored, recently played matches in NY and Rome wearing a Diadora shirt, Nike shorts and wristbands, LeTour headband and socks, and Asics shoes--all the logos were visible. And BTW some of the players who look like they are sponsored aren't--they buy their gear. There are, however, rules that govern how big and how many logos can be displayed that apply to everyone whether they are sponsored or not.

So if you were to enter an ATP event you would not have to cover any logos and could stencil your strings.
 
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MattCrosby

Professional
Friends of mine play on the tour.
There aren’t really any rules. You see a lot of players playing with mixed branding and no stencils. It’s completely up to you. What ever you’re comfortable in.
 

blablavla

Legend
Friends of mine play on the tour.
There aren’t really any rules. You see a lot of players playing with mixed branding and no stencils. It’s completely up to you. What ever you’re comfortable in.
there are rules that govern the size of logos / advertising on player's equipment.
check the ITF rulebook.

but other than this, most clothes have a brand logo on them, printed / sewed from the factory.
what the player is expected to do?
sit home & create his / her own clothes?
as long as the logos / prints / ads fit into the rules, ATP shouldn't be concerned whether the player is sponsored or not.
 
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