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:
(sources: Slice, DeShawn Besabella)