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Donna Sport Launches With Donna Vekic

There will be a brand new Women’s line decorating the WTA Tour in 2023… introducing DonnaSport.

The sister brand of Uomo Sport, the popular high quality brand worn by American Jenson Brooksby, DonnaSport has announced WTA Player Donna Vekić has signed on as an ambassador and collaborator.

You can follow @donnasport_internazionale to stay updated on release dates and more informationn from DonnaSport.

Vekic said: “Not only do I love fashion, but now I am able to be involved in the process of creating what I will wear on the court, which is all thanks to the new global collaboration with Uomo Sport, through the creation of their new line Donna Sport. I am looking forward to play in a brand of such high quality and unique design with core Italian heritage.”

The five-foot-ten Croatian stunner is currently ranked 67 in the world. The 26 year old achieved a career-high ranking of no. 19 in November 2019. She has won three WTA titles.

Vekic is in superb form to open the 2023 season as she has won three matches at United Cup in Australia, beating Alize Cornet of France 64 63, Maria Carle of Argentina 60 64 and Despina Papamichail of Greece 62 60.

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  • Ryan B · January 4, 2023 at 5:55 pm


    Happy New Year buddy!

    Uomo Sport is by far my favorite tennis attire – ever.

    I was a big Nike fan back in early 2000 then once Lacoste hit the market I wore their gear but Uomo take it to another level.

    The attention to detail on every piece is amazing, very classy and elegant

    Steven Siebert who is the founder of the company has an amazing vision for the brand and has great knowledge of the game.

    I have many pieces from hats, polos, henleys, pullovers and wristbands and love them all

    This is going to be THE BRAND very very soon!

    Ryan B

  • Scoop Malinowski · January 4, 2023 at 6:26 pm

    Ryan, your forecast for Uomo’s future sounds accurate. It quietly stands out from the pack and that’s not easy to do. Uomo is off to an excellent start but it’s not easy to sustain that kind of creativity that continually shines but I think they can keep going because Steve has the vision and respect for tradition. I’m curious to see the future collections of Uomo on Brooksby in 2023 and beyond. And hopefully on other players too.

  • catherine · January 5, 2023 at 1:53 am

    I’ve heard that Nike is no longer paying players ranked outside the Top 20.

    If true, is this a straw in the wind ?

  • Scoop Malinowski · January 5, 2023 at 8:08 am

    Catherine, good question, I highly doubt nike is not paying Osaka and Emma who are both well outside top 20. I don’t know who leaked this info or if it’s true. Let’s see if any nike players ranked outside of top 20 suddenly stop wearing nike – Dimitrov, Sloane, kyrgios, korda, draper…

  • Scoop Malinowski · January 5, 2023 at 11:00 am

    Emma rolls ankle and withdraws, in tears in Auckland. Venus wins fist set then loses to Zhu (wonder if it was the Sjogrens?) Djokovic beats Halys 76 76.

  • catherine · January 5, 2023 at 11:33 am

    Have to say my heart sank when I saw this on Flashscore. Emma blamed the surface,’slippery/slick’, but I wondered about her shoes. Some players make sure they have a choice.

    Part of me just wants her to go on playing, deal with the ups and downs, maybe hold back the tears a little in public. Just grow older.

    Tursunov is history now of course but of the several perceptive things he said about Emma is that she is ‘obsessed’ with tennis. It’s a way of proving herself, now that studying, at which she excelled, is no longer a presence in her life. So that’s pressure.

    You mentioned earlier re Tursunov that her ‘team’ (ie her father) didn’t want the contract Tursunov thought was necessary. But 2 years or so isn’t very long in a player’s career and now she’s bounced back into another’trial’ setup.

    Dimitry also said, a little sadly I think, that he’d tried to impress the people around her and it hadn’t worked. But I think he was right – Emma’s a longish work in progress.

  • catherine · January 5, 2023 at 11:37 am

    PS – from what I’ve seen of Emma in Abu Dhabi and now NZ she was playing at a good level and moving well. Shouldn’t be rolling ankles.

  • Scoop Malinowski · January 5, 2023 at 11:45 am

    Catherine, I think Tursunov is with Bencic now. Or he was with her in the off season, maybe it fell apart already? Emma has become the no. 1 whipping girl the media and fans love to whip. It’s laughable at this point but it certainly is going to have an effect on this teenager, let’s just hope not a traumatic effect.

  • Scoop Malinowski · January 5, 2023 at 11:53 am

    Catherine the problem for Emma is if she gets herself in top shape and feels super confident and then loses and keeps losing, deep down she will lose confidence and question herself. I think this could be what’s happening. Emma got super ready, fit, great optimism and mindest for the start of 23 but it’s the same result as last year. She trains super hard but the results are not coming, so then to protect her ego she has to create reasons and excuses for the losses. I’ve seen this happen with other players who came back and were super SUPER FIT and looked like they were playing great – but the big results didn’t happen. I’ve seen this from Steve Johnson about five years ago in AO, Bibi a couple of years ago, Sock, Bouchard for the last couple years. Tennis is a cruel sport which doesn’t wait for anyone.

  • Scoop Malinowski · January 5, 2023 at 1:01 pm

    In Adelaide Korda beat Agut 6464, now 3-0 vs Agut Korda vs Sinner next.

  • catherine · January 6, 2023 at 2:04 am

    Scoop – even champions lose – out went Swiatek outplayed by Pegula. Iga took it all quite well. She’s maturing rapidly.

    I agree with you about Emma – and I really don’t want to see her turn into another Bianca. One reason I liked her with Tursunov was he didn’t put so much emphasis on the fitness alone – rather developing as an all round player. Really, I suspect her father’s the problem. Emma’s 20 now – time to assert herself ?

    Emma mentioned once that when she was studying for A levels she sit for 10 hrs a day with her head in a book – so you can’t doubt her dedication. Just needs to transfer that to tennis and a different situation. Her opponent across the net, not on an exam paper.

    BTW Leylah F lost badly in Auckland – curse of the USO ’21 ?

    Dimitry is still with Bencic.

  • Scoop Malinowski · January 6, 2023 at 8:11 am

    Catherine, I still believe the whole Emma conundrum boils down to this, which I’ve said before: Since her US Open shocking upset win, everybody plays her with double the intensity. Every other WTA player resents her, for strutting into the big party and snatching the US Open title and all the sponsor millions. They all want to send “little miss britches” back to the obscurity where she came from. They all have extra incentive to crush Cinderella Emma. She hasn’t gotten worse or declined, the problem is every other WTA player has EXTRA INCENTIVE to beat her. Young Anna Kournikova had to deal with a similar thing. All the other WTA players saw this pretty young teen getting all the attention and sponsor millions and they all resented her for it and all wanted to kick her a55.

  • Scoop Malinowski · January 6, 2023 at 8:12 am

    I think Leylah is dealing with the same Emma is, on a slightly lesser scale of course.



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