Two surprising fashion switches welcomed us at the very start of 2012. Without prior notice, Jelena Jankovic took the 2012 courts in Fila and not in Anta which had been her clothing sponsor for three years. Samantha Stosur also made an apparel change and substituted her Lacoste tennis clothes with Asics, whose shoes she has been wearing for two years.
No official information on Jankovic’s cooperation with Fila has been announced yet, but the world No.14 debuted her possible new clothing sponsor in the first round of the Brisbane International, in the match against Carla Suarez Navarro. The Fila Center Court Dress was on the courts for two more matches, until Jankovic lost to Francesca Schiavone in a quarterfinal marathon, 5-7 7-6(2) 6-3, after wasting two match points in the second set.
As for Samantha Stosur, her deal with Asics is official, implying the end of her sponsorship by Lacoste. In the following video Stosur is saying a few words about her joining the Asics team.
Just like Jankovic, Stosur premiered her Asics clothing at the Brisbane International. She was seeded No.1 but was knocked out by Iveta Benesova in the second round, 6-4 6-2.
To remind yourselves of how Jankovic and Stosur looked in the apparel of their former sponsors, browse through our yearly fashion retrospections:
The 2011 look at Jelena Jankovic’s fashion partnership with Anta
The second year of JJ’s partnership with ANTA in pictures
Jelena Jankovic’s 2009 ANTA dresses
Retrospection of all Samantha Stosur’s Lacoste outfits in 2011
In pictures: Samantha Stosur wearing Lacoste throughout 2010
Patricia, haha two bad developments for you at once :O)
She already officially announced it on her facebook:
Marine, thanks for this update. For the others, 11 hours ago JJ said on her Facebook:
“I’m proud to announce my new sponsorship agreement with Fila. I have always been attracted to Fila’s fashion-forward designs and especially appreciate their commitment to infusing our sport with beauty and fashion. Fila has such a rich tennis history and it is an honor to be wearing the same brand as the stars I admired as a child.”
Stosur looks good in Asics, but I’m not sure about Fila on JJ…I think Anta looked much better on her!
I really loved Stosurs Lacoste-dresses… And I loved JJs Anta-style… Damned!
I totally agree with Bróna.. But, may the fila team surprise us this year! :p
Marija, yeah, very bad… 🙁 So I have to live with the new sponsors if I don’t want to loose my sympathy for JJ and Sammie… 😉