Much like how I once used the Barney’s Warehouse sale to mark seasons in L.A. — it’s not my fault that leaves don’t change colors — TSF knows it’s time for grass when Rafael Nadal molts. Once a year he trades in his tanks for tees, his bandana for a cap, and his capris for honest-to-goodness shorts.
At this week’s Artois Championships at Queen’s Club in London, Rafa wears a version of the Summer Sphere Dry Crew from Nike while playing doubles with Mariano Hood. I’m not sure if it’s the Olive/khaki color (which looked great on Donald Young and Tomas Berdych) or the covered-up biceps, but I hardly recognize Rafa in this outfit. It doesn’t matter what he wears, though. Riding on his French Open win, he’ll mow down the rest of the field and face Federer a few Sundays from now.
Buy: Nike Summer Sphere Dry Crew, $45.
The images we’ve seen of Nike’s kits for this year’s Wimbledon show no signs of fancy (excluding Roger’s blazer and purse, of course), keeping in line with what they’ve done so far this year.
Rafa wears a global sleeveless tank and pairs it with a white bandana.