‘A good pain in the ass’ secured Michael Jordan’s connection to the tennis legend who recently became the biggest off-court earner in the sport at a staggering $90 million

Michael Jordan was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the 1984 NBA Draft. And just a year later, the Hall of Famer had his own Nike edition, called “Air Jordan.” The idea for Air Jordan came when Jordan was still considered a rookie in the league. The first edition was launched on April 1, 1985 and was designed by Tinker Hatfield, Peter Moore and Bruce Kilgore.

Moreover, Nike also collaborated with Roger Federer and released the Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour in 2012. The shoes were designed by the same designer as Air Jordan, Hatfield. In 2014, Nike decided to merge the worlds of basketball and tennis. The brand has acquired two athletes who are legends in their respective sports. Ahead of the launch of the new edition, the two greats got together to talk about the shoes and their behinds.


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The special collaboration of Michael Jordan and Roger Federer

Two years after the launch of the Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour, tennis legend Roger Federer collaborated with Nike and NBA star Michael Jordan. Federer expressed a year ago, in 2013, that he wanted to design and wear a Jordan shoe on the court. In fact, the tennis legend had looked up to the six-time NBA champion since his early years. Jordan said he was also a fan of Federer and thought it would be a special collaboration.


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“I think the fans are going to love it. Seeing a Jordan shoe debut on the feet of one of the greatest tennis players of all time is something truly amazing. said Jordan.

Federer added that since he and Jordan both knew Hatfield, it helped the collaboration a lot.

“I think it also helped that we both knew Tinker. Because Tinker designed the Vapor and Tinker designed… what… 20 or 23 Jordans? said Federer


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What Jordan replied “It’s a pain in the ass. He’s a pain in the ass for me, so I know he’s a pain in the ass for you. But he’s a good pain in the ass. “

Nike released the NikeCourt Zoom Vapor RF x AJ3 ‘Atmos’ on August 27, 2014. Significantly, MJ now has 34 editions of the iconic Michael Jordan brand sneakers. His Airness has earned the Jordan brand over $1 billion to date. But there’s no shortage of the tennis star either. Federer hasn’t played a single game this year and yet won a colossal sum of $90 million. Federer had would have made the income from his businesses out of court.


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He has several contracts with high-end brands, but the two most important are Uniqlo and On. Its annual revenue from Uniqlo is estimated at around $30 million. Moreover, Federer is also the brand ambassador and a partner of the Swiss shoe company. No wonder he was listing in Forbes again, as the highest paid tennis player.

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