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FASHION FIX: A preview of Rafa's Aussie Open '09 style

The Aussie Open is still over a month away but the 2009 tennis fashions are already being revealed.

Top baller Rafael Nadal's style continues to evolve even after the Spaniard's controversial US Open '08 Nike duds caused an uproar amongst his most loyal Rafanatics. The sports brand has moved away from his 'pirata' look and has infused streetwear elements such as bold colors, stripes, and checkers to create and new, inspired look for Rafa.

The Mallorcan Matador will be warming up for the season's first Grand Slam in the Trend Long Sleeve Coverups in charcoal + white (above).

Rafa has decidedly dropped his trademark sleeveless this time around and has been given three different colorways of the new Short Sleeve Top including turquoise + white, white + classic charcoal, and white + neo turquoise. Rafanatics don't despair: the shirt looks slightly fitted and the sleeves short enough to still show off that coveted buff body.

No Rafa outfit would be complete, of course, without his trademark long shorts so Nike has designed the Long Checked Short in classic charcoal, neo turquoise, and white.

And it seems the top baller has finally ditched his favored Cages for some new, super cool Air Max Courtballistecs in neo turquoise, black/metallic silver/volt, and black/volt/silver. LOVE.

Like I said last season, I'm excited Rafa is moving in a new direction that still stays true to his individuality and larger-than-life personality. We'll see how the actual clothing looks when its released and I'll be sure to post images once I get my mitts on them.

What do you guys think of these Aussie Open duds?

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Comment by Mark / The Mayor on December 4, 2008 at 12:59am
yeah, that's why i dig 'em. they certainly have an updated 80's look.
Comment by Jazz Burks on December 3, 2008 at 10:20pm
I was wondering who was Nike going to use to promote the crew shirts. With Fed seeming to wear polos exclusively and all the other Nike players going sleeveless. To me, the shoes look like skater kicks from the mid eightes. Almost like the 1st "Bo Jackson" trainers.
Comment by tennis baller on December 2, 2008 at 10:52pm
oh yes - very interesting indeed.
Comment by Mark / The Mayor on December 2, 2008 at 8:20pm
If you look at the picture above and then glance to the right - It's like the bottom shoe matches the site graphics perfectly. Those damn copycat Nike designers - been looking at Tennisopolis for ideas.
Comment by tennis baller on December 2, 2008 at 8:00pm
I love them too - tennis shoes I would actually wear around not just on the court. I can't wait to see him all of it actually - let's hope he keeps the shorts tight too. Hehehe!
Comment by Mark / The Mayor on December 2, 2008 at 5:29pm
Dude, those shoes are sweet - I'm in for the bottom color combo!

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