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Simona Halep Starts 2018 As World No.1, But Without A Clothing Sponsor

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As the highest ranked female tennis player in the world, few would expect Simona Halep to be short of sponsorship deals.

The 2017 French Open finalist has earned over $20 million in prize money so far is her career and has already won 15 WTA titles. She got her new season underway on Monday with a convincing 6-4, 6-1, win over Nicole Gibbs at the Shenzhen Open in China. Despite the triumph, there was something missing from Halep. Her clothing didn’t have any sponsors on them.

Halep was previously supported by clothing brand Adidas, but the deal has recently ended. The news was first broken in December by tennis.life after they spoke with industry sources. At the time Halep’s camp was reluctant to comment about the situation.

The 26-year-old spoke about the departure of Adidas for the first time on Monday following her win in Shenzhen. After confirming the news, Halep openly admitted that she is currently unsure of who will be replacing them. Meaning that she will be wearing plain clothes for the foreseeable future and potentially at the Australian Open if a deal isn’t struck soon.

“With Adidas it’s finished. Yesterday was the last day I was wearing Adidas clothes. I have nothing now,” said Halep. “My manager is looking after this so I have no idea. It’s just the first day of the year and I’m looking forward to see what the future gives me and I’m okay.”

Halep has been with Adidas since 2014 and reportedly received a payment of 1 million euros per year from them. It is understood that the partnership broke down after she requested an increase in her fee given her position of world No.1.

Regardless of a lack of Sponsors, Halep was named Romania’s most successful woman last year by Capital, breaking into the top 300 richest people in her country for the first time. Last year she won over $5 million in prize money alone and successfully defended her title at the Madrid Open. Forbes.com has also ranked her the 10th highest paid female athlete of 2017.

In the midst of searching for a new sponsor, Halep’s immediate focus is on maintaining her No.1 status in Shenzhen this week. She will take on China’s Duan Yingying in the second round.

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VIDEO: Novak Djokovic To Lock Horns With Nadal In Rome

Ubitennis looks ahead to the men’s final at this year’s Italian Open.

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Rafa Nadal - Roma 2019 (foto via Twitter, @InteBNLdItalia)

Sunday will see the 54th instalment of one of the greatest rivalries of the Open Era at the Italian Masters in Rome.

 

Novak Djokovic will take on Rafael Nadal in the men’s final. Second seed Nadal is yet to drop a set in the tournament this week and brushed aside Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4, in his semi-final match. Meanwhile, Djokovic has endured a much tougher route. The world No.1 is currently on a eight-match winning streak. In his semi-final match, he ousted Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-3.

Whoever prevails at the Foro Italico will become the most decorated Masters 1000 champion in the Open Era. At present both Nadal and Djokovic have 33 Masters titles each.

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Novak Djokovic Keeps Faith Ahead Of Schwartzman Semi-Final In Rome

Novak Djokovic is keeping the faith as he looks forward to a semi-final match with Diego Schwartzman in Rome.

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World number one Novak Djokovic is keeping the faith ahead of his Rome semi-final against Diego Schwartzman. 

 

The four-time champion survived a massive test late last night as he battled past Juan Martin Del Potro 4-6 7-6(6) 6-4 in just over three hours.

After saving two match points the Serb proved to be too clinical as he clinched victory at about 1am in the morning on Saturday.

In a short interview after his match Djokovic said that keeping faith was important in his quarter-final victory, I never lost faith I could come back to the match,” Djokovic explained.

“One break of serve, mini break in the tiebreak when he was 6-4, more or less open forehand that he was making the entire match, that’s all it took for me to come back. I’m just really pleased to overcome.”

In addition to keeping mentally strong, Djokovic also praised Del Potro’s performance as he continues his recovery from a knee injury, “He was playing really good. I tried my best obviously all the way till the end,” Djokovic said.

I lost probably the positioning of the court over him. Towards the end of the first he just started hitting the ball really well from both corners. Also backhand side, backhand down the line. He was playing really well. Gave me a lot of trouble.”

Next up for Djokovic is Diego Schwartzman who is into his first ever masters 1000 semi-final and is yet to drop a set this week.

The Serb leads the head-to-head 2-0 although their last match went to five sets at Roland Garros a couple of years ago. It should be a fascinating match which takes place at 8pm local time as Djokovic looks to keep the faith heading into the French Open.

 

 

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Roger Federer Withdraws From Rome Quarters Due To Right Leg Injury

Roger Federer has withdrawn from his Rome quarter-final with a right leg injury after playing two matches yesterday.

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Roger Federer has withdrawn from his Rome quarter-final with Stefanos Tsitsipas due to a right leg injury. 

 

The 20-time grand slam champion spent a combined three hours and 51 minutes on court yesterday after wins over Joao Sousa and Borna Coric.

It was the Coric match in particular that was though as he saved two match points to edge the Croatian 9-7 in the last set tiebreak.

However we now know that has taken its toll on the 37 year-old, who has had to pull out of his anticipated quarter-final with Stefanos Tsitsipas due to a right leg injury.

Despite the withdrawal, Federer takes four good clay-court wins heading into Roland Garros, an event he will play for the first time since 2015.

As a result of the third seed’s withdrawal, Stefanos Tsitsipas now gets a walkover into the semi-finals where he will play either Fernando Verdasco or Rafael Nadal.

Of course Tsitsipas managed to beat Nadal in the Madrid semi-finals last week, as he looks to continue his momentum towards the French Open.

The other quarter-finals see Diego Schwartzman take on Kei Nishikori and Novak Djokovic faces Juan Martin Del Potro.

 

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