Britain’s Dan Evans pulled off the shock of the Australian Open so far on Wednesday when he defeated 2014 US Open champion and number 7 seed Marin Cilic – in a $20 t-shirt he bought himself.
The Birmingham-born player beat the Croat in four sets 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 to pull off the biggest win of his career and advance to the third set in Melbourne.
And later the world number 51 revealed that he did so in his own clothes after being dropped by his sponsor Nike.
“I’m just out of contract with Nike,” he said.
“They didn’t offer me another one. So I just went to the Uniqlo store and bought a load of clothes. The shirts were $19.99 and I’ve got 18 of them – I went back this morning to buy some more. They’re not the best quality.”
Don’t let Novak Djokovic’s sponsors hear you say that!
Still the story resulted in a few amusing tweets.
December: Dropped by Nike
Sunday: Buys his own shirts & shorts
Wednesday: Beats World No 7 Cilic in the #AusOpen
— Ladbrokes (@Ladbrokes) January 18, 2017
Nike: *phones Dan Evans*
Dan Evans: Hello..
Nike: Hi, is that Dan Evans?
Dan Evans: Yep.
Nike: Umm, about that contract..#AusOpen
— Dale (@dalewetter) January 18, 2017
Evans was runner-up in Sydney last week and Wednesday’s win over Cilic will see the 26-year-old enter the top 50 for the first time.
Will Nike have the gall to call him up and offer him another deal?
Just Do it!