Kazutoshi Nishimura, the head of the NRA in Japan, announced this week that he and his organization had withdrawn their 4-1/2-year sponsorship of the U.S. Open. This became the most recent in a long string of strong criticisms of the tennis tour from Japanese sponsors, which have included sporting goods companies Under Armour and Nike, as well as credit card provider MasterCard.
Patrick McEnroe, son of famed tennis coach John McEnroe, said he was “shocked” by the news.
“There are many countries where people don’t want to sponsor U.S. Open because they have all these anti-American sentiments, but at the same time they don’t want to boycott our nation,” he said in an interview with NPR. “It is literally like a punch to the gut for me, because I feel that our relationship is really good. We host a lot of tournaments together and we have a lot of players working with the U.S. Tennis Association. It was shocking.”
McEnroe said he didn’t know where Japan would find another source of sponsorship.
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