Here we list this incredible athlete’s 12 titles from a fashion point of view.
Rafael Nadal: 12 titles, 12 looks
Rafael Nadal's glorious career at Roland Garros in 12 different looks.
1 – A strong debut
Which year? Roland Garros 2005
Which final? Against Mariano Puerta (6-7 6-3 6-1 7-5)
A sleeveless Lycra top with some white capri pants that were a tad on the long side. This outfit, which would not look out of place on the basketball court, certainly caused a stir in tennis fashion!
3 – A firm favourite
Which year? Roland Garros 2007
Which final? Against Roger Federer (6-3 4-6 6-3 6-4)
At Roland Garros in 2007, Rafa could not pass up the opportunity to don capri pants yet again! Shunning white this time, he opted for black pants coupled with his signature two-coloured sleeveless top.
4 – Going green
Which year? Roland Garros 2008
Which final? Against Roger Federer (6-1 6-3 6-0)
On the clay courts at the Parisian Grand Slam in 2008, Rafael Nadal went back to his roots and chose a green sleeveless top for the second time. This time, he went for a brighter and more eye-catching hue.
The capri pant and sleeveless top had become his signature look, and it was ideal for showing off his muscular arms!
5 – Trying a new style
Which year? Roland Garros 2010
Which final? Against Robin Söderling (6-4 6-2 6-4)
Rafa went for a completely new look for Roland Garros 2010! A new hair-cut and slightly shorter Bermuda-style shorts were the first signs of his style overhaul.
Gone were the sleeveless tops, making way for a more classic t-shirt, though the eye-catching colours remained. As for accessories, he wore his headband narrower and matched it with the rest of his outfit.
6 – Taking notes from Federer
Which year? Roland Garros 2011
Which final? Against Roger Federer (7-5 7-6 5-7 6-1)
Though he retained his love of two-coloured outfits for Roland Garros 2011, Nadal’s look was beginning to resemble that of his fiercest rival: Roger Federer!
As well as playing Federer in this final, Nadal took a leaf out of his opponent’s book in the style stakes, choosing an understated, well put-together look. Welcome to a new era in Rafael Nadal’s style!
7 – A style revelation
Which year? Roland Garros 2012
Which final? Against Novak Djokovic (6-4 6-3 2-6 7-5)
After two days and four hours of play, Rafa lifted the Coupe des Mousquetaires for the seventh time, dressed in a red t-shirt and trainers, white shorts and black accessories. A well-coordinated and stylish look: he didn’t put a foot wrong!
8 – Red, white and blue
Which year? Roland Garros 2013
Which final? Against David Ferrer (6-3 6-2 6-3)
A nod to the country that hosts his favourite tournament, perhaps? Who knows! At Roland Garros 2013, Nadal wore a red, white and blue colour-block outfit to step out onto the Parisian clay.
9 - The "Nadal touch"
Which year? Roland Garros 2014
Which final? Against Novak Djokovic (3-6 7-5 6-2 6-4)
Eye-catching yet tasteful would be the best way to describe Nadal’s look on the courts of the Porte d'Auteuil in 2014.
This year, his habitual two-coloured outfit featured a turquoise blue t-shirt paired with grey shorts and accessories.
10 – A look fit for the “Décima”
Which year? Roland Garros 2017
Which final? Against Stan Wawrinka (6-2 6-3 6-1)
For this new, all-important victory at Roland Garros (his tenth!), the King of Clay donned a outfit fit for royalty! He’d finally made it in the style stakes!
To enter tennis legend, Nadal opted for a two-coloured outfit, the Spanish champion’s signature look, topped off with some fluorescent touches and matching accessories.
12 – Bright yellow
Which year? Roland Garros 2019
Which final? Against Dominic Thiem (6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1)
The bright yellow t-shirt matched his bandeau and the stripes on the sides of his shorts, and his zip-fastened trainers featured a patchwork of the patterns he had worn on the way to his first 11 titles at Roland Garros.
This brightly-coloured look would have fitted in perfectly in the 1980s and, even today, it’s a clear hit!