It’s a rare sight in sports to see a top-ranked athlete without a big sponsor.
But that is just the unusual situation at the Australian Open, where Simona Halep, the No. 1-ranked woman on the pro tennis circuit, will be playing sans logos this coming week.
Last month, Halep announced in a somewhat cryptic Twitter post that her four-year deal with Adidas was coming to an end.
Thank you for a wonderful 4 years @adidastennis and a special hug to Claus Marten. A little bit of a sad day for me but I’m excited to see what the future holds. Happy New Year to everyone and good luck in 2018 pic.twitter.com/V2UPT4QOPF
— Simona Halep (@Simona_Halep) December 31, 2017
According to reports, she and the athletic brand were unable to come to terms on a renewal contract in time to meet Adidas’ 2018 budget. And so far, she has not secured another apparel/footwear sponsor. (Wilson is her partner for rackets and gear.)
During a practice session at the Australian Open yesterday, for instance, she sported a burgundy tank top and black shorts with no logos, and a pair of white Adidas sneakers with tiny, almost-nonexistent Three Stripes on the midsole.
Simona Halep at a practice session on