Nike’s ‘Utter Lack of Imagination’ Disappoints Fans as Rafael Nadal’s Outfit Releases Amid Growing French Open Doubts

Published 04/09/2023, 9:00 AM EDT

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Rafael Nadal has been out of action since the Australian Open. The King of Clay had to withdraw from three ATP Masters since he is still in the recovery process. His fans anticipated his return and were unfortunately saddened by his absence in each of these tournaments. The clay season is something that Nadal is looking forward to coming back to. But after withdrawal from the Monte Carlo masters, his participation in the Madrid Open looks a little iffy. Although the French Open is still in sight, there is no confirmation regarding Nadal’s participation in the prestigious clay court tournament. However, Nike, Nadal’s sponsor, revealed his look for Roland Garros and fans are a little divided.

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The Spaniard is looking to come back on top but his success will be determined by how well he recovers from his injuries.

Fans are divided over the new outfit of Rafael Nadal

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With the hopes of the French Open still alive, fans are eagerly anticipating any news from the 22-time grand slam winner. To add on to the flames of hope, Nike revealed the official outfit of Rafael Nadal for the Roland Garros. The jersey is light blue in color with the white tick mark sign of Nike as opposed to Rafa’s usual purple or orange.

Marcos Zugasti, journalist, shared the design on his official Twitter page with the caption Today, in random clothes: Nadal will look for the 15th 🏆  at Roland Garros in light blue and white—boy (?) 👀“. 

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The news could’ve diverted the focus of fans to the fact that Nadal might play again. But the reactions were focused on the design and color of the jersey. Some loved it, and some hated it.

One fan said that Nike’s lack of imagination disappointed him.

One fan was ready to fight whoever designed the outfit.

One fan blew the design off.

One Twitter user was confused about Nike’s and Adidas’ models on tour. They were also anticipating how the two would rectify themselves.

One fan of Rafa said that the Spaniard could perform beyond excellence no matter the outfit.

In anger, one user outrightly said that the outfit was absolutely disgusting.

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Whatever Rafael Nadal wears has a very high likelihood of becoming a great outfit regardless of how it looks.

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However, the anticipation will mostly be about the 22-time Grand Slam champion returning to his favorite stomping grounds.

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