Tennis: Simona Halep ends cooperation with main sponsor Adidas
Romanian tennis player, Simona Halep, 1st WTA, was voted Fan Favourite on Friday for the first time.
On the other hand, industry sources have told Tennis.Life the 26-year-old Romanian doesn’t have a clothing sponsor for 2018. Unless something gets done at the very last minute, Halep and Adidas are parting ways at what is approaching the peak of Halep’s career. She goes into 2018 one of the favourites to pull off a Grand Slam title for the first time.
Manager Virginia Ruzici responded to a request for comment from Tennis.Life about Adidas not renewing Halep’s deal. She didn’t confirm it. Nor did she claim it inaccurate.
“No comment” Ruzici wrote via e-mail, adding she would be in touch when she had something to add, tennis.life informs.
Halep joined the Adidas family in April, 2014, premiering the clothes at a Fed Cup tie between Romania and Serbia. Until then, she had been sponsored by Lacoste. But she left them mid-season although reportedly on good terms.
The Romanian’s representatives (mentor Ion Tiriac is believed to be involved on that side) had a number in mind, commensurate with their player’s new status as the top-ranked player in the world.
The Adidas offer didn’t reflect the same reality. Nothing original there; that’s basically every negotiation, ever.
Halep is still training in Adidas gear, although nothing she didn’t already have. Whether or not that’s significant will be revealed soon enough. Where this leaves her for 2018 is unclear, the same source reads.
According to ProSport, Simona Halep reportedly requested USD 2 million per season, double the amount hitherto.