Rafael Nadal wearing pink Nike shoes at Australian Open
Rafael Nadal turned heads with the pink shoes he wore during his semifinal match with Roger Federer at the Australian Open on Friday. Both Nadal and Federer are Nike players, so the swoosh received received double the camera time in their match.
Rafa’s outfit included a black and pink shirt and matching pink sneakers, which are the Nike Lunar Ballistec model. Rafa wore the white version of the shoe for his quarterfinal match against Grigor Dimitrov, his fourth-round match with Kei Nishikori, and his second-round match. He wore the pink version in his third-round match with Gael Monfils and his first-round match with Bernard Tomic, in addition to his semifinal clash with Roger.
What’s cool about the shoes is that they are personalized. They have his name on the front and the back, along with “09” for when he won the Aussie Open:
Bright colors are in with Nike tennis. Roger’s outfit involved a lot of bright red as its primary color. His sneaker was the Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour Lt Crimson/Night shoe which is a similar shade to Rafa’s, though not quite as bright.
Nadal also wore the pink shoes for his finals match with Stan Wawrinka.