It’s only January 5th and we’ve already had four official breakups with Nike in the WTA world. First, Ajla Tomljanovic left them for K-Swiss, then Maria Sakkari announced partnership with Adidas, and now Caroline Garcia and Iga Swiatek are officially members of the Asics family.
France’s world No.46 Garcia, with a career-high ranking of No.4, will open the season in new gear at the ASB Classic in Auckland, ditching the Swoosh for the “Anima sana in corpore sano” manufacturer.
The 2016 Roland Garros doubles champion will sport the Gel Resolution 8 footwear – the latest update to the Gel Resolution series, loaded with advanced features such as Dynawall and Dynawrap technologies. The former ensures a superior balance of stability and flexibility, while the latter provides a system of panels that cradle the foot and use the wearer’s own momentum to maintain an excellent fit.
Asics is also committed to the development of young talent, which is reflected in their partnership with 18-year-old Iga Swiatek of Poland, who was also formerly sponsored by Nike. The fast-rising teen and former junior Grand Slam champion will be wearing the Gel Resolution 8 tennis shoe, just like Garcia.
Have a look at my overview of Julia Goerges’ Asics outfits in 2019, to get a better idea of what Asics tennis apparel is about.