Just like Lotto, I think Fila's 2014 was their best tennis season, at least in recent history, and there's no better way of proving it than seeing the tennis dresses Jelena Jankovic wore during the year, as part of our famous Fashion Retrospections.
JJ opened the season in this sapphire blue V-neck piece with bright lime contrast striping. If you're into color-blocking and you're from Europe, you can still find this dress, now even at a discounted price at Tennis Warehouse Europe.
Pink dominated JJ's tennis fashion between the first two Grand Slams of the season.
A LOOK BACK AT FILA'S PAST YEARS:
- 2012: Fila clothes for Kim Clijsters' farewell year
- 2011: Clijsters and Kuznetsova representing Fila during its 100th anniversary year
- 2010: Kim Clijsters and Fila throughout the year
The French Open was special. Fila put a stamp on the 2014 tennis fashion with this stripy creation which will definitely stay remembered as one of the most successful designs. Fila mixed the playfulness of busy stripes with the classic white and navy color combo. Absolute hit!
The stripy collection also featured a super cute skirt that JJ wore in Eastbourne, while Julia Goerges worked it as well, albeit with a contrasting yellow tank. Montreal and Cincy were all yellow for JJ.
REMINDER: HOW DID JJ LOOK WEARING HER PREVIOUS SPONSORS REEBOK AND ANTA?
- 2011: Collage of Jankovic's dresses in her third year of partnership with ANTA
- 2010: Overview of colorful ANTA on Jelena Jankovic
- 2009: JJ's first year with Chinese brand ANTA
- 2008: The Reebok days of Jelena Jankovic
The dress Fila made for Jankovic's Wimbledon campaign, which actually happened to have lasted just as long as her first-round singles and doubles matches, was unique for its front and back panels. Julia Goerges displayed the just as lovely Fall Lawn Tennis Tank and pleated Fall Lawn Tennis Skort combo from the same collection. JJ's Wimbledon dress can still be found, but only its pink version.
Last but not least, the world No.15 Jankovic closed the season in a big way, at least when it comes to fashion. The Fila Fall Center Court Group featured a variety of items that combined blue, purple, coral and white, but the most prominent item in the collection is this JJ's US Open dress which makes this collection better known as the honeycomb collection. The honeycomb print, or as some call it the diamond print, is also seen in Fila's separates – the Fila Fall Center Court Printed Racer Tank and Skirt. Since this collection is relatively new, most of the items are still available both on the American market at Tennis Warehouse and at Tennis Warehouse Europe.
Do you agree with me that this is probably the best Fila's years ever? I have actually always liked Fila for sticking to that classic style, which in their case I never found boring, but still I think that this year they included a perfect touch of playfulness in their designs and JJ's Roland Garros dress was spot on. (photos: Richard van Loon, Jimmie48, © Neal Trousdale, Moo's Tennis Blog, FFT, Christian Mesiano)