As Novak Djokovic, the top ranked tennis player in the world, strolls into Roland-Garros for the French Open, tennis aficionados and bookies alike will be waiting with bated breath to see which one of the three key records will be broken. Will Rafael Nadal become an unprecedented seventh time winner of the French Open? Or will it be Roger Federer adding a seventeenth Grand Slam singles title to his already impressive stash? Or better still, will Djokovic be able to claim the title and the glory of being the first man in the past forty-three years to win all four majors in a row? If there was blue clay on the courts, I would have put my money on Federer!
But wait; there may be another potential winner here! Clearly, as the clothing sponsor for Federer and Nadal, Nike has a lot to win, or lose. Enter Novak Djokovic, in all his Uniqlo glory! Djokovic has apparently chosen to move away from his current sponsor Sergio Tacchini in favour of the Japanese casual wear company, owned by Tadashi Yanai, Japan’s richest man. Djokovic is expected to sport the new line of Uniqlo tennis wear at the 2012 French Open, scheduled to start today. Perhaps Joe Mimran of Joe Fresh may want to keep an eye on Milos Raonic for potential sponsorship; what with being Canadian and all?
As the proud owner of a few Uniqlo shirts, picked up during my bargain hunting strolls through SoHo, NYC, I now feel that I have a head start on Djokovic, at least off the court!