New mom on tour Elina Svitolina is no longer partnered with her long-time clothing sponsor Nike. As the Ukrainian made her return to the Hologic WTA Tour, signs of her breakup with Nike began to emerge. But it wasn’t until this week’s tournament in Rome that the end of their partnership became undeniably clear.
On Monday at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, the two-time former Rome champion wore a Nike sweatshirt and cap while being interviewed ahead of the tournament, but then surprised with a Paka tennis dress during her first-round loss against countrywoman Lesia Tsurenko on Wednesday. Paka is a new name in the tennis fashion world — it is a Ukrainian premium quality sportswear that specializes in racquet sports.
Paka has close to 11K followers on Instagram. I don’t think that they are Svitolina’s official apparel sponsor at the moment, as there are no announcements on their social media. We’ll see which sportswear brand the two-time Grand Slam semifinalist will partner with in the coming period. (photos: Jimmie48)