“Shouldn’t Be Allowed”: Why Rafael Nadal Outfit Was the Centre of a Bizarre Controversy at French Open 2019

Published 12/21/2021, 5:15 AM EST
PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 07: Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerland embrace at the net after their mens singles semi-final match during Day thirteen of the 2019 French Open at Roland Garros on June 07, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)


When we speak about tennis, one cannot miss the name, Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard has created an identity that probably would never be matched again. For a player to win a particular event on 13 occasions is extraordinary. 

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Nadal has won the French Open 13 times. One can sense the command of the 35-year-old player over the tournament by registering such successful performances. However, there was a particular instance that did not go hand-in-hand with him.

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The year Nadal won his 12th Roland Garros title in 2019, he had worn a fluorescent yellow t-shirt that was camouflaged with the color of the tennis ball. There were many fans who noticed it during his match against German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann.

Fans were unhappy with Rafael Nadal 

They felt it was unfair due to the trouble it caused with the visibility. Some fans even demanded a color ban at the French Open and adopt an approach like the white colors dawned at the All England Club. 

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Speaking of the tournament that year, Nadal ended up winning his 12th title at the venue. During the event, he beat some top players like Kei Nishikori, Roger Federer, and Dominic Thiem in the final.

Rafael Nadal (R) of Spain and Dominic Thiem (L) of Austria pose prior the men’s singles final match at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris, France on June 09, 2019. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Coming to the current season, Nadal was out of action for most of the 2021 season. He missed the Wimbledon Championships, followed by the Tokyo Olympics and the US Open. 

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He was seen in Abu Dhabi last week but suffered an unfortunate update that will keep him out of action for a brief period. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him compete on the tennis courts once again.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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