January 10, 2020, New York, New York–UNIQLO, the Japanese global apparel retailer, today announces its GlobalBrand Ambassadors Roger Federer, Kei Nishikori, Shingo Kunieda, and Gordon Reid will play future tournaments in game wear made from DRY EX material incorporating polyester fibers recycled from PET bottles. The change begins immediately for Ambassadors competing in the 2020 Australian Open tennis tournament, starting on January 20.
One of UNIQLO’s initiatives for sustainability is the development of DRY-EX material using polyester fibers recycled from PET bottles, in partnership with Toray Industries, one of the world’s top fiber and materials innovation companies.This has been difficult up to now because of contaminants in PET bottles, but improvements infiltering technology have allowed for the production of high-quality specialty fibers. The new material retains the moisture-wicking functionality of DRY-EX, providing the same comfort toallow players to perform at their best.UNIQLO will continue to support the world’s top athletes with LifeWearand pursue the development of environmentally-friendly products.
Comment from Roger Federer:“I was surprised to hear that polyester could be recycled from PET bottles and turned into clothing, and I’m impressed with its functionality and comfort, which is indistinguishable from the DRY-EXfabric I have worn previously. As a Global Brand Ambassador,I am happy to help support UNIQLO’s sustainability initiatives.
Comment from Shingo Kunieda:“I think it’s wonderful that UNIQLOis actively pursuing environmental measures, developingthis DRY-EX fabric from recycled polyester. I’m very happy that everyday PET bottles have been reborn as DRY-EX, and that I will be able to play using that material.”
Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori game wear models to be launched on Friday, January 17UNIQLO will offer replica game wear and other items that Global Brand Ambassador Roger Federer will wear at the 2020 Australian Open, and models that Kei Nishikori will wear in future tournaments. Items will be available from January 17, 2020 (Friday) at select UNIQLO stores and through UNIQLO.com.The new game wear was designed by a team of international designers at the UNIQLO Paris R&D Center,led by Artistic Director Christophe Lemaire.
Roger Federer model: The Roger Federer model features a bold use of color combining bright purple shorts with a navy or white top. In terms of functionality, the wear focuses on breathability and ease of movement, incorporating three different mesh types with specific characteristics–absorbency, elasticity, and smoothness–in response to the demands of dynamic play.
Kei Nishikori model: The Kei Nishikori model is designed with turquoise blue to evoke an image of the coastline, contrasted with deep red and bright orange. Stripe patterns along the side of the body give a refined impression. The back and neck are finished in mesh for better breathability.