Switzerland's Roger Federer has made a fortune from his contracts with Nike.
Switzerland's Roger Federer has made a fortune from his contracts with Nike.

Federer responds to reported Nike split, new $US300m deal

ROGER Federer has confirmed that his contract with Nike came to an end in March, but said reports of a done deal with Japanese company Uniqlo were premature.

"It's rumours... but I don't have a contract with Nike since March," Federer said at the Stuttgart Open.

"We're talking. We'll see what happens. I'll let you know."

Swiss paper Le Matin has suggested the star's negotiations with Nike stalled, and journalist Vincenzo Martucci reported for Italian website sportssenators.it that Uniqlo was ready to pay Federer $US30 million a year over the next 10 years.

Federer has been with Nike since 1994

Uniqlo lost Novak Djokovic to Lacoste in 2017.

Federer, 36, hasn't played since March but has the chance to reclaim his No.1 spot if he reaches the final in Stuttgart.

"I'm back again and I'll give my best to go deeper this year," said Federer, who lost to Tommy Haas in his first match of the tournament last year.

"We will see how it goes in the first match. It'll be my first match in three months, so I'm missing some match practice. I think the grass is better than in the past years. Let's hope for some better weather."



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