Australian Open finalist Halep signs new sponsorship deal
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) Australian Open finalist Simona Halep has signed a deal with Nike after playing without a sponsor in Melbourne.
The second-ranked Romanian made the announcement Monday on her Facebook account. She posted a photo with the caption, "Just Do It. I just did it."
Halep wore a red unbranded dress in last month's final, leading to some jokes on social media. She said she bought the dress online.
Halep was also without a clothing sponsor when she won the Shenzhen Open earlier in January.
Romanian media said Halep's deal with Nike is worth $2 million a year.
Halep previously had a contract with Adidas.
She lost the Australian Open final to Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki.
Both Halep and Wozniacki will play in the Doha Open this week.
Updated February 12, 2018