Sponsorship for tennis players and their coaches is one of the most lucrative and lucrative ways of supporting the sport.
The likes of Tiger Woods, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal have all had sponsorships from the likes of the Australian brand Puma, but the current crop of stars is also getting the nod.
Puma has been a major sponsor of the likes the likes to tennis great Roger Federer, and while they’ve been working with many top names, including Tiger Woods and Andy Murray, it’s the Australian duo Teairra and Marilou Danley that will be making their debut in the world’s biggest tennis tournament.
“I’ve been told that [Roger Federer and Nadal are] the best players in the sport right now,” Marilous said of their recent success in Australia.
“And the best in the history of tennis.
It’s very special to be able to be part of that team.”
Puma have been at the forefront of the growth of tennis in Australia for the last couple of years, with the company’s recent move into the ATP World Tour, the Australian Open and the Dubai World Cup all helping them to establish themselves in the sporting world.
“It’s just a huge step for the sport, and for the world,” Marilios coach Andy Mariloul said of his company’s support.
“When we first started [with Puma] it was a little bit of a gamble, because we didn’t know how to do it.
But we’ve grown very quickly.”
Marilou has been part of Puma’s sponsorship team since its inception in the early 2000s, as she played alongside her husband on a number of tours with the brand.
“We’ve always had a great relationship with Puma and they’ve always been there for us,” Maricoul said.
“There are no hard feelings at all, we’re just glad to be getting to know each other.”
Puma’s been a big part of our careers, so it’s always great to see them there.
“In terms of the sport’s sponsorship in the United States, Marilas success has been largely dependent on the work of Pampas athletes in the US.
The Australian-based company’s work with the US Open has been pivotal for Puma in terms of their success in the event.”
It’s a relationship that Marilunas father-in-law has been keen to build with the pair, as they’ve both played in Puma-sponsored tournaments in the past.””
And it’s been very important for us to be there for them.”
It’s a relationship that Marilunas father-in-law has been keen to build with the pair, as they’ve both played in Puma-sponsored tournaments in the past.
“My dad-in for sure would love to work with them, they’re both amazing players,” Mariu said.
Marilios father-son duo are the latest addition to the growing list of tennis stars that are taking part in the ATP Women’s Championship.
It means that, at this stage, the pair is the only two Australian-born players to be in the mix to take part.
“So far, the three of us have all been in the Top 30 or 40, so we’re all looking forward to that,” Marrioul said, of his father-and-son partnership.
“We’ve got to be very focused, we’ve got a very long way to go.”
The next two weeks will be the most challenging of the whole tour, so if we can keep doing the right things and the right stuff with each other, we should be able be in contention in the second half of the tour.
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