Andy Murray signs eight-year £8m deal with Castore
The three-time Grand Slam champion and a former world no. 1 Andy Murray ended the contract with Under Armour in January, signing a new eight-year deal with Castore worth £8m. Andy had a chance to wear the new brand at the Australian Open, losing to Roberto Bautista Agut in the opening round after an epic battle that lasted four hours and nine minutes and caught the attention of the entire tennis world.
It was only the third match of the season for Andy after struggling with a hip injury since the middle of 2017 and playing just 15 encounters after Wimbledon that year. After two surgeries, Andy is ready to make another push and try to extend his career, announcing on Wednesday at Queen's that he wants to return to the court if everything goes well with the preparations in the following few months.
Murray's comeback date might be unknown although it is certain he will end a career wearing Castore kit, a small company from Liverpool based in 2016 that will try to boost the sale with Andy as their most prominent ambassador.
According to some sources, Castore had sales of £4.5m in 2018 and they will try to turn a profit for the first time this year. “Castore is a young, exciting brand that offers something different, with products that are really well cut and designed,” said Murray.
“For me it was a natural progression from previous kit partners. They’re the best I have tried and trained in. I am looking forward to working with their design team on the tennis line and to be part of a British success story.
The company is founded on ethical principles in the way it treats suppliers and staff and that’s something that really resonated with me”. “We are incredibly excited to be partnering with an athlete of Andy’s caliber whose drive, commitment and competitive spirit have transcended tennis and inspired a generation of future British athletes.
Andy embodies the Castore ethos of Better Never Stops, we immediately shared a joint vision on how to move the brand forward. Our goal is to build Castore into the world’s leading premium sportswear brand and the partnership with Andy represents a major step to achieving this vision.
We are very proud to be a British sportswear brand and extremely excited about the opportunities this new relationship with Andy encompasses,” Tom Beahon, the co-founder of Castore, said.