Russian world No.22 Nadia Petrova has been drawing a lot of attention with her Ellesse apparel – from her US Open stripes in more than all the colors of the rainbow, to the blue piece pictured above. The Ellesse designs are neither making Petrova look stylish and fashionable, nor flattering her figure in any way. The outfits look like a joke, and as ridiculous as they are, they look even more ridiculous on Petrova (Caroline Wozniacki would look somewhat better in them, for example, or maybe Jelena Jankovic).
Anyway, A Change of Ends chatted with Petrova at the All-Access Hour in Charleston and we learned that Petrova actually hates the clothes Ellesse prepares for her. The interview is hilarous!
Q. Recently you’ve made some pretty bold fashion choices on court. How much input…
A. Oh my god. That has nothing to do with me. Those are not my choices.
Q. That’s what I was wondering, how much input do you have in your outfits?
A. This is what Ellesse sends me.
Q. So you don’t say, “this is what I want,” you don’t meet with them? They just send them to you?
A. I don’t have a say. Um, I did actually provide them with some of my sketches because I know what really flatters my physique, my figure.
Q. Do you think they’ll take them into account?
A. Well they haven’t done it yet…and actually this is my last year with them. So I don’t see why they would compromise. They do what they think are selling in Japan and they are just sending it to me.