rafael nadal: green light, green shirt

After the doctors gave Rafa Nadal the green light to continue with his grueling style of professional tennis play for the rest of 2009, the Spaniard has decided to vie for the China Open title this week. He’s also slated Shanghai, Bercy, London, and the Davis Cup final (vs. the Czechs) for this year.

In Beijing, Rafa is through to the second round after taking out Marcos Baghdatis 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. He next faces James Blake. In his quarter of the draw is Fernando Gonzalez; in his half, Nikolay Davydenko. See the draw here.

The post-US Open version of his Nike polo is a green with navy blue and grey; it’s also available in a white with grey/green colorway. We’re totally wanting that polo, but the color contrast in those checkered shorts are a bit much. What do you think think? Tell us!

Buy: Nike Winter Woven Long Short, $55; Bold Master Polo, $60; both from TW.

More: More images after the cut…

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Comments

  1. Maya says

    I love the colors together. The checkered shorts are bold and sporty yet dressy at the same time. One of my favorite outfits this year. Let’s face it though, I don’t think anyone other than Rafa could pull this off as well.

  2. Tina says

    I didn’t catch the match but doesn’t it seem that Rafa is trying the Roger shot (hitting from between the legs) in the 3rd image?

  3. Lindsay S says

    I think the shorts look less loud when paired with that navy zip up. Or, when he’s not wearing a shirt.

  4. Tahoe Editor says

    The shirt is nice, but the shorts are too Roddick/Lacoste and the jacket is too eleVen. Come on, Nike stick with originality.

    EDIT:

    After the doctors gave Rafa Nadal the green light to continue with his grueling style of professional tennis play for the rest of 2009, the Spaniard has decided to vie ** FOR THE FOR THE ** China Open title this week.

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