Murray to see out tennis career with UK brand Castore
Andy Murray, the British tennis player who is a three-time grand slam winner, has signed up Castore, an emerging UK brand, as his new kit supplier.
The deal comes into effect for the forthcoming Australian Open although the 31-year-old, who has missed much of the last two seasons through injury, has admitted it could be his last event as a professional.
The Scot’s four-year endorsement deal with Under Armour expired at the end of 2018. His previous kit suppliers were Adidas and Fred Perry.
Castore, which launched in 2016, is headed up by brothers Tom and Phil Beahon, and last June announced it had raised £3.2 million ($4.1 million) from private investors as it sought to expand into USA and Asia.
In a statement, Murray said: “As my next kit partnership will potentially be my last one I want to wear the very best products. I've been testing a range of different kit including Castore and really like their stuff. I am a fan of the Castore brand and have been following their progress for some time.
"We have been discussing potential opportunities to work together, and I will be wearing Castore for Australia and remaining on court appearances as I have been so impressed by their quality from my testing in training.”
Former world number one Murray, now ranked a lowly 230 in the world, has struggled to regain form and fitness since a hip operation at the start of last year.
Wearing Castore products at an emotional press conference in Melbourne today, Murray said he hoped to end his career at Wimbledon, an event he has won twice, later this year, but that he might have to retire after the Australian Open, which starts on Monday, because of the continuing pain.
• Elina Svitolina, the world number six women’s player from Ukraine, has agreed a new endorsement deal with Hublot, the Swiss luxury watchmaker.
Under the agreement, Svitolina, who is represented by the Top Five Management agency, becomes a 'friend of the brand' and will promote its timepieces around the world. The 24-year-old has won 13 WTA Tour titles, including last year’s showpiece WTA Finals in Singapore.