Rafael Nadal can slay the competitors – and the runway! The tennis professional was a springtime imaginative and prescient in pink and purple on the Monte Carlo Masters, and followers had been left surprised at his tight shorts.
“Whoever was the first to put [Rafael Nadal] in short shorts needs a raise,” one fan tweeted after photos of Nadal’s ensemble throughout his match with Grigor Dimitrov on Thursday (Apr. 15). Nadal, 34, defeated the 29-year-old Bulgarian through the Round of 16 of the Monte-Carlo Masters, and he did so whereas carrying a pair of sizzling pink shorts and a purple Nike high. It was the identical coloration scheme he wore the day earlier than, when he defeated Federico Delbonis. Nadal’s outfit was borderline additional, however followers weren’t mad at it. In truth, some had been truly very onboard with Nadal’s style, particularly once they got a glimpse of his bottom. “I always forget Rafael Nadal is thicc,” one fan tweeted.
“Beg pardon, mes ami, but I do not understand this tennis drag that Rafael Nadal is wearing for this Monte Carlo match. Purple shoes, pink shorts, purple shirt with pink banding, and a purple and pink sweatband. Sacré bleu!” one tweeted in an exaggerated accent (as a result of they converse French there). “Nike needs a Nobel peace prize for these shorts, my man is on fiiiiire,” a thirsty tennis fan tweeted, together with, “Giving us leg and booty, my gawd.”
The shorts in query are NikeCourt docket Dri-FIT ADV Rafa (h/t Just Jared). “The NikeCourt Dri-FIT ADV Rafa Shorts blend our most innovative materials with insights from Rafael Nadal to create a piece that’s built to perform at the highest levels of play,” in line with the sports activities model’s web site for the shorts. “The design places breathability and stretch exactly where they’re needed the most. This product is made from at least 50% recycled polyester fibres.” So, not solely do these shorts assist dissemble antiquated gender constraints, about what colours a male-presenting competitor can or can’t put on, however in addition they assist hold you cool once you’re out on the court docket. Score!
So enjoyable to look at Rafa Nadal destroy Dimitrov at Monte Carol whereas carrying a lavender shirt and pink shorts…
— Henson Keys (@act5) April 16, 2021
Nike wants a Nobel peace prize for these shorts, my man is on fiiiiire pic.twitter.com/qfQL5Rcuuo
— Laura (@tennishive) April 14, 2021
Nadal, who’s presently ranked No. 3 on this planet, simply dispatched Dimitrov in two units. The Bulgarian struggled through the game, double-faulting 3 times in his opening service game. “Sorry for him. He played a bad match, that is the truth,” Nadal mentioned afterward, per Tennis.com. “I was doing the right things, but it is true that today was more his fault than my good tennis.”