That’s right! Reviews are coming in, and it looks like our beloved Rafa Nadal’s outfit at the French Open is not among the favorites this year.
Designed by Nike Tennis, the crew shirt made with perspiration-wicking Dri-FIT jersey fabric is the perfect choice for on-court comfort. The coral-orange color reflects the fiery hues of the deep red clay. The Air Max Courtballistec 4.3 shoes he wore in 2012 have been updated to fashionably match the colors of his outfit.
However, critics feel that the King of Clay, who is otherwise one of the best dressed on and off court, could do with a more exciting outfit. Jonathan Scott states in his article, Photos: French Open Fashion Hits and Misses on Tennis.com:
Let’s be clear: Rafael Nadal hardly looks bad. If this were a mindless pop-song performance, I’d say he phoned it in with this look. He’s just set such a high bar for his style, more and more refined with age, that it’s difficult to see this and not yawn.
Says Courtney Nguyen of Sports Illustrated’s Beyond The Baseline, in her article French Open Fashion Misses:
…Nadal’s Nike kit…is once again topped by a boring neutral color and not enough color to make it eye-catching. I miss the days when Nike made Nadal look like a popsicle. Let’s get back to the use of colors and patterns.
The blogging team at She’s Game Sports agrees, in French Open Fashion: The Good, The Meh, And The Ugly:
Rafa has a love of bright colors, and he doesn’t disappoint with these bright-but-tasteful coral shorts, but it’s his shirt that takes his outfit down a notch. Rafa went for a light gray top, but it’s too light and therefore just looks dingy, especially when soaked with sweat. However, the King of Clay can wear whatever he wants to Roland Garros since he’s won a record seven French Open titles and is searching for his eighth Parisian trophy this year.
So there you have it. We can interpret this to mean that Rafa looks good, but he has the potential to look absolutely fabulous, and a less neutral shirt can make all the difference. The handsome Spaniard looks best in bright colors, and to put him in a dull grey top might not be the best option for him. However, what he may lack in his outfit, he more than makes up for in his moves on court. Vam8s Rafa!