kirilenko, out!

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Unlike the No. 1 ranking… Thanks to Chris for tipping us off about Caro Wozniacki being the new face of the adidas by Stella McCartney line. I guess the folks in Portland finally realized that while Maria Kirilenko has the best face/bod combo to show off the British designer’s amazing pieces, the Russian’s game (and thus the fashion show that should come with it) has relegated Stella’s designs to the outer courts (and early rounds) of most tournaments.

And all that will change now that the Woz has exclusive opportunities to wear the collection, starting with the fall/winter 2009 tennis range — including apparel and shoes — at this year’s U.S. Open.

“I feel like I have everything any fashionable female tennis player always dreams about: cutting-edge adidas technologies combined with Stella’s unique designs that actually perform,” said the current world No. 9 via a press release.

And with this partnership, McCartney finally gets to design for someone who wins. “It’s very rare for a fashion designer to dress one of the top 10 players in the world. I couldn’t be more thrilled and happy to be given that opportunity.”

Along with key styles from the tennis collection (Performance Dress, Hot Pant, Bra, etc. in pinks and purples), Caroline will also wear the Skynde, whose Barricade V base is redesigned in a seed pearl/dark grape/white colorway.

She’s been with adidas for a while, of course, joining the company’s Player Development Program back in 2007. The PDP helps nurture young tennis talent through a unique mix of advice and support, giving an extra helping hand towards building a successful career. And FYI, Wozniacki has two titles this year: the MPS Group Championship (on clay, in Florida) and the AEGON International (grass, Eastbourne).

More later: We’re in the process of getting a lookbook for the collection. When it shows up, we’ll post!

What about Maria? Wozniacki will be the only player wearing adidas by Stella McCartney. From the folks at adidas: “Maria Kirilenko continues to be an excellent tennis ambassador for the adidas brand and remains part of the adidas tennis family. From the U.S Open onwards Maria will move out of the range and start wearing the adidas Competition tennis products.”

(image courtesy of adidas)

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10 Responses to “kirilenko, out!”

  1. Caroline Wozniacki for Adidas by Stella McCartney « thedoublebagel Says:

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  2. Allison Says:

    It will be strange seeing Kirilenko in the non-descript Competition line. I wonder how long before she starts looking for a new clothing sponsor. She doesn’t even get to wear the cute Adilibria line which would be a better fit.

  3. HELLO THUR « Fierce Tennis Says:

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  4. Erwin Says:

    Ya sucks that she can’t even have adilibria. Now that’ll be Sorana Cristea’s turf?

  5. Nez Says:

    cant wait to see the collection caroline will be wearing. i think she will do the designer proud

  6. david Says:

    Kirilenko wrote in her website that adidas has a new collection for her.

    http://www.mariakirilenko.com/?paged=5

  7. Erwin Says:

    David: Kirilenko will be playing in adidas’ Competition line of clothing.

  8. david Says:

    kirilenko said: As I am guessing, some of you already know that my deal with Stella McCartney is close to finish. I am going to represent another collection which is one of the best as well!
    Maybe stella doesent know that…
    i don’t know…

  9. htc Says:

    You definitely get some benefits from being no. 1 in the world, both players are doing great job representing Adidas but of course if you want to sell more you will used the no 1 player no doubt

  10. יום הולדת 60 Says:

    Not so sure about the number 1 player in the world today, i mean she is not as popular as former no 1 players like Henin or Sharapova or the williams sisters…

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