The 26-year-old posted the above photo on social media, saying:
Just do it. I just did it.
Even before Halep confirmed the new partnership, we all noticed that she debuted Nike gear during this past weekend’s Fed Cup. Because of an ankle injury sustained at the Australian Open, Halep wasn’t in Romania’s line-up against Canada, but she was in Cluj-Napoca to support her teammates, who defeated their opponents 3-1 in the World Group II first round.
As you know, Halep’s deal with Adidas expired on January 1st and because of some misunderstandings and failure to agree on the value of a new contract, Halep, then ranked No.1 in the world, kicked off the 2018 season without a clothing sponsor, wearing a red outfit she ordered online from a seamstress in China.
The contract with Nike is reported to be worth $2 million a year, which is about $800,000 more than Halep’s former agreement with Adidas.
It was scandalous that top women’s tennis player had to play tournaments in unbranded clothes, even more so because she started the year by winning the Shenzhen Open title and reaching the Australian Open final. Order in the tennis fashion universe is finally restored!
Halep is scheduled to play the Qatar Total Open in Doha, so we will soon see which Nike range the world No.2 will wear, as she faces Ekaterina Makarova in the second round, after a first-round bye.