This year's retrospections of WTA players' outfits we opened with fashion queen Maria Sharapova and her Nike designs, but right after her I think it's most fair to feature the great tennis champion Kim Clijsters who hung up her racket after the 2012 US Open, causing her clothing sponsor Fila to lose its most recognizable endorser.
Fila signed Clijsters eleven year ago and in 2005 the company decided to sponsor the Belgian for the duration of her career. The Italian sportswear brand was aware that they would lose their brightest star, so early this year they concluded new contracts, with Vera Zvonareva and Jelena Jankovic. Of course, Svetlana Kuznetsova is still with them, she's also their long-time endorser.
Let's move on to the overview of Fila 2012 style. As you can see, their signature clean lines, sporty designs and colors of red, blue/black and white were predominant. Just a note, at the Australian Open, besides the black skirt and white V-neck shirt, Clijsters wore an all-black outfit with lime details.
This year Clijsters didn't play Roland Garros because of a right hip injury, but remember how last year Fila celebrated its 100th anniversary at the claycourt Grand Slam with a special outfit sketched up according to the outfit Clijsters received for Christmas as a child. At Wimbledon, Fila introduced touches of gold on a cap sleeve top and traditionally white skort from their Trophy collection.
At the London Olympics Clijsters wore Adidas, like the rest of the Belgian team.
The Fila outfit of the year is of course the US Open celebration of Kim's last tournament and the end of her career. For the occasion, Fila designed a collection with a symbolic pattern - 11 big stars honor Kim's 11 years with Fila, while four stars have a tennis ball, paying tribute to the champion's four Grand Slam titles. There are two versions of the ensemble, white for the day, navy for the night. Here you can have a closer look at all the items.
Fila has been with Clijsters for over a decade, but Women's Tennis Blog has followed her fashion since 2010. Remind yourselves of the past looks:
- Kim Clijsters' Fila apparel in 2010
- Kim Clijsters representing Fila during its 100th anniversary year - 2011