Roger Federer Announces Exciting News for UNIQLO’s UT Grand Prix 2022

Published 08/24/2021, 6:24 AM EDT
SHANGHAI, CHINA – OCTOBER 10: Roger Federer of Switzerland holds a press conference at the Rolex Shanghai Masters at the Qi Zhong Tennis Centre on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Zhe Ji/Getty Images)


Roger Federer has announced an exciting contest for not only tennis fans but also for creative minds around the world. He will be the guest judge for the UT Grand Prix 2022, an annual worldwide t-shirt design contest. His sponsor company UNIQLO started the competition in 2005 to encourage artistic expression.

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This year, the Japanese company will commemorate the 100th birth anniversary of American author and cartoonist Charles M. Schulz. Accordingly, the theme for the contest is his famous comic strip, Peanuts.

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Roger Federer to judge UNIQLO’s UT Grand Prix 2022

In UNIQLO’s recent video on Twitter, Federer announced the good news. He also added how Mr. Schulz was a tennis admirer and his excitement to be the judge. Not to forget that the chosen designs will feature in UNIQLO’s stores worldwide.

“I was assigned to serve as a judge for the UT Grand Prix 2022,” Federer said in the video. “This year’s theme is Peanuts, and this competition was realized to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the author Charles M. Schulz.

Roger Federer of Switzerland gestures to the spectators before hitting signed tennis balls into the stands during day two of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

“Mr. Schulz was known for his love of tennis, and his works often depicted Snoopy enjoying tennis.” Fascinating enough, Federer was wearing a Snoopy doodled t-shirt in the video.

“In honor of Mr. Schulz, I have decided to participate as a member of the judges, and this is your chance to have your t-shirt designs sold at UNIQLO stores around the world. I look forward to your entries. Have fun doing them, and I’ll see you soon,” the Swiss maestro concluded.

The entry period in the competition is July 13, 2021, to August 31, 2021. For more details on how to participate, check out the UTGP2022 website.

Unquestionably, many contestants will now join the contest, with Federer being the guest judge. Two lucky winners will also earn an internship or tour in the USA.

Federer’s 2021 tennis season

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Playing only five tournaments, Federer accumulated a 9-4 win-loss record on the ATP Tour. In that, he reached the Round of 16 at French Open and quarterfinals in Wimbledon.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 7, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer walks across the players bridge Pool via REUTERS/Ben Solomon

However, post his Wimbledon exit, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced that he would not play in 2021 anymore. He also added that he would undergo a third surgery on his right knee.

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Hence, fans wait for Federer to announce good news about his tennis comeback. Until then, let’s hope to see him bringing unique contests as UT Grand Prix 2022.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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