Fila "Celebrating Women in Sports" Panelists

Fila was back out on the Village Stage at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Saturday afternoon for a special edition of "Tennis Talk." This time Tennis Channel's Chanda Rubin lead the insightful and inspiring conversation alongside up-and-coming WTA player, Robin Montgomery and Rosie Casals. The energy surrounding the panel was vibrant as the trailblazing group celebrated women in sports and shared their personal stories.

Being a woman of color, Chanda Rubin discussed just how crucial it is to have representation and to feel supported by others that share the same background or skin color. It's one of the most important things for Rubin.

"Everyone wants to see themselves in certain spaces and it can be a lot harder to do that when no one looks like you in those spaces," Rubin explained. "When there is no one who looks like you, supporting you to get to those spaces or encouraging you, providing you those examples."

The former Top 10 competitor feels this sport has always been open to trailblazers because it's an individual sport. She believes it's vital to be a cheerleader for the younger generation and teaching them along their journeys. Montgomery who is just 17-years-old spoke about Serena and Venus Williams being that source of light to go after her on-court dreams. Seeing two women that resembled her on court dominating the competition meant everything to her growing up.

"I was very happy to have two people that I could look up to that were basically demolishing the competition," Montgomery said.

Host Michelle Yu with Estabrook, Rubin, Montgomery and Casals.

Host Michelle Yu with Estabrook, Rubin, Montgomery and Casals.


Having been around the sport for so long now, Casals opened up about the current state of women's tennis. Casals says, "anyone can win," when speaking about this year's BNP Paribas Open women's draw and that speaks to just how tough the competition is. The former world No. 3 who was slightly late to the live discussion, spoke about the traffic and how she hasn't seen anything like it. Casals loves seeing the excitement at the event and is enjoying all the movement and people attending the tournament this week.

To wrap up the intriguing convo, Fila North America's first woman president, Jennifer Estabrook served up a few tips for people who are trying to carve their own path.

"Say yes to every opportunity that is given to you. Perhaps you're not qualified 100 percent, go for it. Don't be afraid to fail, by pushing yourself you can really advance," she said.

It's all about getting out of your comfort zone and taking each and every opportunity that comes your way according to Estabrook. The inspiring women's panel ended with members of the Fila team spotlighting local women who are making a difference in their community.

As part of Fila Celebrates Women in Sport, when customers make a purchase at the Fila retail store, they will have the opportunity to round up the amount to make a donation that will directly benefit Casals' Love & Love Tennis Foundation.

Fila honors women making a difference in their local communities

Fila honors women making a difference in their local communities