Kim Clijsters will not wear Fila when she steps on the court on Tuesday to play the first round of the US Open, her first appearance at the Grand Slam after eight years. The four-time Grand Slam champion decided to step away from big-name athletic brands and promote Full Court Sport, a small business founded in 2014 by designer and sports lover Marguerite Wade.
After almost two decades with Fila, Clijsters decided to switch to an independent activewear brand and an online search led her to Full Court Sport. The Tennis Hall of Famer explains why sports apparel giants are not her thing any more:
At this stage in my career and life, I understand the power of action an athlete can have, so I try to use my platform to give others the opportunity to tell their story.
Clijsters’ 2020 US Open appearance will be the first time that a professional athlete has worn Full Court Sport clothes during a competition. Together with the independent label’s founder, the former world No.1 developed her custom US Open look over the last few months.
The designs include a minimal sleeveless teal dress, navy shorts, and logo T-shirt. The tennis-focused line also offers tanks, tees, skirts, leggings, sweats, sports bras, and windbreakers.
Full Court Sport is produced in Portland, Oregon, while Marguerite Wade is based in New York City. The Kim Clijsters collection will be available at the company’s official website after the Belgian’s first US Open match. (source: Vogue, photos courtesy of Full Court Sport)