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Rafael Nadal’s Shoes: All You Need to Know About the Special One

Published 01/01/2020, 3:13 AM EST

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Rafael Nadal can be spotted in head-to-toe Nike since joining the tour in 2001. The American clothing and footwear company has been sponsoring the Spaniard’s on-court apparel for years. Rafael Nadal’s shoes have always been the most eye-catching part of his on-court gear.

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Nadal’s customised shoes always have a different design with his logo – the Spanish raging bull on it. Recently, the Spaniard wore the new Nike Zoom Cage 3 at the US Open 2019. The shoes turned out to be lucky for the Mallorcan as he enjoyed the one of the best season of his career with winning two Grand Slam titles in 2019.


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Rafael Nadal deal with Nike

Nadal’s biggest contract is with Nike, who paid him an estimated $10 million per annum to carry swooshes on the court. The Spaniard signed a 10-year deal with the US sportswear giant in 2008, which expired at the end of 2018. On the other hand, the details of the new contract signed after his last tenure is not known. The Spaniard had revealed earlier this year that his contract with Nike is a private matter.

“The contract, the private contract that I have, are private, private for me, and I’m not going to share them and I’m not going to tell you when I’m finishing one contract or another one. It’s something that is between myself and Nike and that’s the end of it, period”, said Nadal in an interview.


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Nike styles worn by Nadal over the years

Rafael Nadal has donned several Nike-sponsored kicks in his 19-year-old career on the professional tour. Nadal’s close relationship with Nike has resulted in some memorable shoe models over the last decade. Nike has continued to supply Nadal with high-performance tennis sneakers designed to according to his comfort.

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Here is the list of the models of Rafael Nadal’s shoes in the past several years

  • Nike Air Max Breathe Free II (2005)
  • Nike Air Max Breathe III (2006)
  • Nike Air Max Breathe Cage (2007)
  • Nike Air Max Breathe Cage II (2008)
  • Nike Air Max CourtBallistec 2.3 (2010)
  • Nike Air Max CourtBallistec 3.3 (2011)
  • Nike Air Max Court Ballistec 4.3 (2012)
  • Nike Lunar Ballistec 2 (2017)
  • Nike Air Zoom Cage III (2018)


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Rafael Nadal’s ‘Emotional’ Roland Garros 2019 shoes

Nike also made a customised shoe for Nadal at the Roland Garros 2019. On one shoe Rafa’s symbol was incorporated and on the other ‘Rafa’ was written. The number ’11’ was also written on the customised pair of sneakers. The shoes were designed to tribute Nadal’s 11 French Open titles. The custom pair of kicks celebrating his Roland Garros history on Court Philippe Chatrier caught the eyes of millions of fans around the world.


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“It’s an emotional shoe,” Nadal said. “The details on the shoe have a small piece of history from every Roland Garros I’ve won so it’s a special one. I’m super happy to wear it and think Nike did a great job.”

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Varun Khanna


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Starting off as a tennis author in 2018, Varun Khanna has gone on to contribute to EssentiallySports in various capacities. After setting up interviews with the likes of Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou, Alizé Cornet, and Noah Rubin, Varun is now part of all major ATP and WTA press conferences and has gone on to pen more than 1300 articles for EssentiallySports. He now heads the tennis and NBA division of the organization.
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