The French online trade magazine Sportbuzzbusiness.fr has reviewed all the sports brands that had a presence in the different product categories in the final stages of this year’s Roland-Garros men’s tennis tournament, specifically from round 16 of the competition until the final match in which Rafael Nadal beat Novak Djokovic.
For apparel, Nike led with five sponsored players, including Nadal himself and Karen Khachanov, Andrey Rublev, Grigor Dimitrov and Jannik Sinner. Adidas followed with four players: Stefanos Tsitsipas, Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Sebastian Korda. The other seven brands whose athletes were present in round 16 included: Lacoste with Djokovic; Joma with Pablo Carreño Busta; Asics with Hugo Gaston; Mizuno with Lorenzo Sonego; Fila with Diego Schwartzman; Yonex with Daniel Altmaier; and finally, Dorko with Márton Fucsovics.
Nike also led in the shoe category, this time with six players: Nadal, the winner, as well as Dimitrov, Fucsovics, Khachanov, Rublev and Sinner. Once again, Adidas followed at the second spot, with four players - Korda, Thiem, Tsitsipas, and Zverev. Asics’ shoes were worn by two players including one of the finalists, Djokovic, as well as Gaston. The remainig four brands, represented by one player each, were: Fila (Schwartzman), Joma (Carreno Busta), Mizuno (Sonego), and Yonex (Altmaier).
Among the less visible racquet sponsors, Wilson emerged as the most represented brand in round 16 with seven players: Carreno Busta, Dimitrov, Gaston, Khachanov, Korda, Sonego, and Tsitsipas. Wilson also supplied the official ball of the tournament, replacing Babolat under a new agreement that started this year. Among the racquet sponsors in round 16, Wilson was followed by Head, at the second spot with four players - Djokovic, Schwartzman, Sinner and Zverev. Babolat (Nadal, Thiem) and Yonex (Altmaier, Fucsovics) had two players each in round 16.
Babolat rejoyced at the 13th victory by Nadel in the Roland-Garros tournaments and - on a par with the older Roger Federer - its 20th Grand Slam win. The 34-year-old Spanish champion has been playing with a Babolat racquet since the age of ten.