Four of the Top 10 WTA players are already wearing the Fila logo and now the company has officially added five more talents to its roster of tennis ladies: Ekaterina Alexandrova, Nadia Podoroska, Shelby Rogers, Ann Li and Sachia Vickery.
Gene Yoon, Global Chairman at Fila said:
We are thrilled to have such a talented group of up-and-coming players join us at Fila. These women represent the future of the sport and will serve as incredible ambassadors for our brand. We look forward to supporting their efforts as we continue our commitment to inspiring the next generation of talent.
Ekaterina Alexandrova, Russian world No.34
Alexandrova switched from Lotto to Fila in the beginning of 2020, but it’s only now that her new apparel sponsorship deal is official. Last season, the 26-year-old won her first Tour-level title at the Shenzhen Open and reached a career-high ranking of No. 25.
Nadia Podoroska, Argentinian world No.46
Nadia Podoroska has risen more than 200 spots in the world rankings since the start of the 2020 season. Her breakthrough tournament was the 2020 French Open where she reached the semifinals as a qualifier. During that impressive run in Paris, Podoroska was already wearing Fila. Her latest Fila outfit includes the Tie Breaker Double Layer Tank and Tie Breaker Skater Skirt Tie Dye.
Shelby Rogers, American world No.52
Formerly sponsored by Diadora, Shelby Rogers is now a proud member of the Fila family. The first time we saw the Charleston native in Fila was at the recent Miami Open, were she rocked the Tie Breaker High Neck Tank, Skater Skort (offered in four color combinations including tie-dye) and the new Axilus 2 Energized women’s tennis shoe.
Ann Li, American world No.69
Li qualified for her first Grand Slam main draw at the 2020 Australian Open before losing to eventual champion Sofia Kenin in the second round. After resumption of the season at the 2020 US Open, Li scored a career-best victory over No.13 seed Alison Riske en route to the third round, before closing out her 2020 season emphatically by capturing her third career ITF title at Tyler, Texas.
Starting the 2021 season ranked No.98, Li secured four consecutive wins en route to the final of the Grampians Trophy, where she split champion honors with Anett Kontaveit after the final was canceled due to scheduling conflicts related to COVID-19. The impressive run gave Li momentum for her return to the Australian Open, where wins over Zhang Shuai and Alize Cornet powered Li into the third round.
Sachia Vickery, American world No.182
Formerly a representative of K-Swiss, the 25-year-old Vickery joins Fila with a promising future ahead. The American registered career-best results during an impressive 2018 campaign in which she made the semifinals at Auckland and followed it up with an upset of Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza en route to the third round at Indian Wells. Following the terrific start to the season, Vickery rose to a career-high ranking of No.73. Vickery added another semifinal appearance at Monterrey before finishing the 2018 season inside the Top 100. Vickery enters 2021 in search of a bounce-back season.
Fila’s latest collection, launched at the Miami Open, is called the Tie Breaker. A month ago I presented it in detail, including the pics of the brand’s biggest stars Ashleigh Barty and Sofia Kenin.