Google Down the Line!: FASHION FIX: Nadal downs Luczak but goes over-the-top in Nike

Monday, January 18, 2010

FASHION FIX: Nadal downs Luczak but goes over-the-top in Nike

Rafael Nadal got through a tough first set then found a better rhythm in the last two taking down homeboy Peter Luczak 7-6 (0), 6-1, 6-4 in the Oz Open first round. The defending champ will take on either Lukas Lacko or Leonardo Mayer for a spot in the third.

While I really like the striped Nike Spring Rush and Crush Crew ($60) Rafa's been wearing lately - the pink and orange combo in particular, I'm absolutely confused as to why the sports brand would want to pair it with the Spring Rush and Crush Short ($60) featuring a loud diagonal pattern. There's way too much going on. The Nike gear from his winning run here last year was my fave outfit of the entire season. Yes, there were contrasting patterns with the stripes in the shirt mixing with the windowpane of the shorts but at least the windowpane design was subtle and complimentary. In this outfit, it's all competing with each other - and losing.

It seems the designers have been trying hard to make his outfits too eclectic and stand out recently ("jumping the shark" comes to mind) by over-mixing patterns and colors. His game really does speak for itself.

[Photo(s): WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images]


  1. Yeah, last year's AO outfit was fantastic. This is too busy together. The shorts look nice by themselves and so does the top. So Rafa, topless for next match, then shortless if you go deeper in the tourney. That's my advice. ;)

  2. Do tennis players have much of a sy in what they wear? Or do the sponsors make the choices?

  3. I think it's a combo because it needs to be comfortable and fit well for them though the top ballers have more say in terms of special colors, designs, etc.

  4. The shorts with prints have got to go.


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