MONICA PUIG (PUR)BNP PARIBAS OPEN, INDIAN WELLS, TENNIS GARDEN, INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA, USA

Monica Puig wins gold at Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Monica Puig has entered the history books, becoming the first woman to win a medal for Puerto Rico at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Puig, an ellesse ambassador, won gold for her country in the Women’s Singles Tennis event.

Puig proudly wore a beautiful, specially created ellesse dress in Puerto Rican colours throughout the tournament.

“Once I found out that I was going to be part of the Olympic team, I immediately called ellesse and said “we have to do something special for the Olympics!” and the result was this famous dress!” says Puig. “The colours were beautiful and it made me feel really patriotic out there.”

“When I put on the uniform for Puerto Rico and I go out to a competition where I’m representing my island, I need to rise to the occasion and play my best tennis,” Puig continues.

“Obviously during the Olympics is a great time to do that, and I’m so excited with what I just accomplished. You can really see in the eyes of the population, how much this meant to them.

The current world number 34 truly upset the odds on her way to the title, comprehensively beating French Open Champion and 4th ranked Gabiñe Muguruza to reach the Quarter Finals.

“Being named as part of the Puerto Rico team, that got me really excited. Being an Olympian was always a dream, and the dream got bigger as I won more matches.

In the round of four, she then overcame Laura Siegemund (32), before Petra Kvitova (14), and, in the Gold Medal Match, world number two Angelique Kerber to claim her position at the top of the podium.

“Ranked 32 places beneath her [final] opponent, Puig dominated the final set with an aggressive display of offensive tennis to round off a deserved 6-3 4-6 6-1 win.” 

- CNN

The scale of the achievement is not lost on Puig, who notes that she has now accomplished one of her greatest goals in tennis. “Everybody would want an Olympic gold medal on their resume,” she says. “The fact that I have one already, and that it’s so hard to get, definitely boosts my confidence and makes all my other goals seem achievable.”

In the wake of her incredible victory, Monica has been congratulated by numerous tennis legends – including Chris Evert, who won multiple titles including Wimbledon while wearing ellesse.

Baseline Tennis, in their review of Olympic fashion hits, said of Monica and her ellesse outfit:

“A portrait of a player at ease in her own skin and on the surface and stage, Monica Puig has roused sports fans in her native Puerto Rico with an inspiring run to the Olympic singles medal rounds. Ad-in, Ellesse, who gave her a gorgeous red-white-and-blue dress for the occasion. Friends, in the fashion arena, this is your Rio champion.”

 - Baseline Tennis

Keep up the great work Monica!