Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros 2012. Scarlet revival.
Here's what Nike has planned for Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros. Pictured, the king of clay wears the scarlet fire Rafa Finals Clay Crew, $68 and Finals Short, $68 in white. The last time he wore red for a Slam was the 2011 AO (which he did not win). The color is fab on Rafa though; I have no problem with giving it another gorgeous rip.
Take a close look at the shirt detailing. This is not your basic red tee; it's all performance with a faint but energetic tonal graphic. Anthracite accents add more interest; bull logo on the back hem. We've already seen the peach version. I far prefer this for its attention grabbing energy.
Nike looks to be going for an even more relaxed fit on Rafa, steering away from the tighter looks that only work well for the most buff of men. The march to marketable style continues. I still miss the Toreador but I get it.