Murray ends Fred Perry sponsorship deal

Britain's Andy Murray has signed a "long-term" sportswear deal with German firm Adidas from 2010, ending his long-standing partnership with Fred Perry.

Adidas, the world's second-largest sports goods maker, did not give details on the length or value of the deal, though it has been reported to be worth more than 10 million euros.



"The 22-year-old Briton will sport the iconic three-Stripes from January onwards," the company said in a statement late on Tuesday, adding that the deal was "long-term".



"I'm really excited to be joining Adidas as they are a massive global sports brand with a credible heritage in tennis," Murray said in the statement. "I'm in no doubt that this deal will help me both on and off the court."



Murray made his return to the court yesterday and breezed through his first match for six weeks as he began his Valencia Open campaign.

The world number four beat Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-3 6-1, giving an opponent who was handed a wild card into the tournament no hope of an upset.



Now Murray has a day to prepare for his second-round clash with Argentinian Leonardo Mayer, who he has never previously played.



Reflecting on his win, Murray said: "At first I struggled a bit to get into the match because I had been so long without playing, but gradually I felt more comfortable. My goal is to get more rhythm and confidence back in my game."



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