The mystery behind Rafael Nadal's new, but missing, Nike gear during his first round match has been solved!
Thanks to DtL reader eesha for tipping me off to this Wall St. Journal article which discusses the disappearance of his duds yesterday.
Here's the explanation straight from the Matador's mouth:
I am excited about evolving my on-court apparel with Nike to a polo and shorter-length short. For the U.S. Open, however, we collectively decided I would continue wearing the apparel I've been competing in all year. It's a decision we made based on the limited time I've had to practice in the new apparel between the Olympics and the U.S. Open.The article also mentions Rafa is "ready to bid farewell to the adolescent muscle T-shirts and Capri-style pants that had garnered nearly as much renown as his lightning strokes and adopt a more traditional tennis look."
Okay die-hards. You still have your tried-and-true Rafa for one more major. Enjoy it while it lasts...
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