rafael nadal: green light, green shirt

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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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12 Responses to “rafael nadal: green light, green shirt”

  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. Cissy Says:

    Looks great! But only on Rafa…!

  3. 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?

  4. 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.

  5. Victoria Says:

    I REALLY like the shirt. I can do this mix as well, but as above, only on Rafa. That green is beautiful.

  6. Luis Says:

    I do love the pants and shirt, but only in Rafa, who is gorgeous…

  7. Luis Says:

    I do love the pants and shirt, but only in Rafa, who is gorgeous…
    P.S. – Sorry, forgot to tell you great post!

  8. Carolee Says:

    Thumbs up to Rafa for finding a great combo… much better than the PINK and the taxi cab yellow.

  9. chris Says:

    love the green polo & jacket. agree with the shorts … maybe if they were dark green?

  10. 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.

  11. jan Says:

    Love the tops, but the shorts are off, mostly Nadal looks great in anything, but not this shorts.

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