Rafael Nadal, Wimbledon 2019

A few weeks after his 12th Roland Garros title, Rafael Nadal will start his quest to a third Wimbledon crown against Yuichi Sugita. He could next face Nick Kyrgios in the second round, Denis Shapovalov in the third, Marin Cilic in the fourth and Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals, before a semifinal showdown against Roger Federer, and an eventual final against Novak Djokovic.

Rafa will be wearing the NikeCourt AeroReact shirt and NikeCourt Flex Ace shorts.

His shoe of choice is the NikeCourt Zoom Cage 3:

Rafael Nadal Roland Garros 2019 outfit

Rafa’s outfit for this year’s Roland Garros is similar to the one he wore in Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid and Rome but in a different colourway, volt glow/light carbon:

Roland Garros 2019: Rafael Nadal outfit

Roland Garros 2019: Rafael Nadal outfit

Roland Garros 2019: Rafael Nadal outfit

Roland Garros 2019: Rafael Nadal outfit

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NikeCourt Cage 3 Glove “What The” Rafa 
Guide to Roland Garros 2019

Rafael Nadal will start his quest for a 12th Roland Garros tomorrow against qualifier Yannick Hanfmann. To honor his prior 11 titles, Nike has unveiled a limited edition of the Cage 3 Glove dubbed “What The” Rafa that Nadal will be wearing during the games.

Nadal Roland Garros 2019 shoes

Visual details from each of the shoes Rafa Nadal wore in his past triumphs are incorporated into the volt glow/white colorway. A zipper shroud, nodding back to the Nike Air Zoom Flight, prevents clay from lodging into the shoe and the laces.

Rafa’s winning shoes in Paris:
• 2006: Nike Air Max Breathe III
• 2007: Nike Air Max Breathe Cage
• 2008: Nike Air Max Breathe Cage II
• 2010: Nike Air Max CourtBallistec 2.3
• 2011: Nike Air Max CourtBallistec 3.3
• 2012, 2013, 2014: Nike Air Max Court Ballistec 4.3
• 2017: Nike Lunar Ballistec 2
• 2018: Nike Air Zoom Cage III

NikeCourt Cage 3 Glove “What The” Rafa

NikeCourt Cage 3 Glove “What The” Rafa

NikeCourt Cage 3 Glove “What The” Rafa

NikeCourt Cage 3 Glove “What The” Rafa

The NikeCourt Cage 3 Glove “What The” Rafa will release May 26 in limited quantities on nike.com and at select retailers.

A lot of changes at Roland Garros this year: a new stadium entrance, a new Place des Mousquetaires and a new 5,000 seat court, Court Simonne Mathieu … but still no roof, we’ll have to wait at least till next year. I’m eager to discover all these new features in a few weeks time!
In the mean time, check out our Roland Garros guides, relieve some of the biggest defeats and triumphs of the past, and of course share your pictures, videos and stories!

Roland Garros visitor’s guide:

A trip down memory lane:

1956: First time at Roland Garros for Rod Laver

1960-1969:
Portrait of Manuel Santana, first Spaniard to capture a Grand Slam title in 1961
1967: Françoise Durr defeats Lesley Turner
1969: Rod Laver defeats Ken Rosewall

1970-1979:
Portrait of 6-time Roland Garros champion Bjorn Borg
Portrait of Adriano Panatta, the only player to beat Bjorn Borg at Roland Garros
1978: Virginia Ruzici defeats Mima Jausovec
1978: Bjorn Borg defeats Guillermo Vilas
Roland Garros 1978 in pictures

1980-1989:
1982: At the request of Monsieur Wilander
1982: first Grand Slam for Mats Wilander
1983: Yannick Noah defeats Mats Wilander
1984 French Open: Ivan Lendl defeats John McEnroe
1985 French Open: Chris Evert defeats Martina Navratilova
Roland Garros 1985: Mats Wilander defeats Ivan Lendl
Roland Garros 1988: bold Leconte swept aside by a Mats for all surfaces
Portrait of Natasha Zvereva, 1988 runner-up
Portrait of Arantxa Sanchez, 1989 French Open champion
Portrait of Michael Chang, 1989 French Open champion

1990-1999:
1990 French Open: Opposites attract, Gomez defeats Agassi
Roland Garros 1990: Defending champion Sanchez loses in the first round
Roland Garros 1990: Edberg and Becker lose in the first round
1991 French Open 3RD: Michael Chang defeats Jimmy Connors
1991 French Open final: Jim Courier defeats Andre Agassi
1996: An unflinching Edberg causes a grand upset
Roland Garros 1996: Pete Sampras run through the semi-finals
1997: Going ga-ga over Guga
Steffi Graf – Martina Hingis Roland Garros 1999

2000-2009:
2000: Mary Pierce finds peace and glory
2004: Coria vs Gaudio: the egotist vs the underdog
2005: Rafael Nadal defeats Mariano Puerta
2006: Nadal defeats Federer, wins second Roland Garros title

2010-2018:
A look back at Roland Garros 2011
A look back at Roland Garros 2014
A look back at Roland Garros 2015
3 days at Roland Garros 2017: Rafa, Andy, Petra and more
Day 2 at Roland Garros 2018: Djokovic, Nadal and Wozniacki

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Dominic Thiem, Barcelona Open 2019

Another week, another disappointing defeat for Rafael Nadal. One week after his 6-4 6-2 loss to Fabio Fognini in Monte Carlo’s semifinal, Nadal was outplayed by Dominic Thiem, losing 6-4 6-4.
For the first time since 2004, Rafa has won no title in the first four months of the season. Could he enter Roland Garros without a clay-court title under his belt?

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In the other semifinal, Daniil Medvedev overcame Kei Nishikori after a 3-set 6-4 3-6 7-5 thriller. It will be the Russian’s third final of the year after his loss in Brisbane and victory in Sofia.

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Kei Nishikori, Barcelona Open 2019

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Medvedev and Thiem only met once so far, in the St Petersburg quarterfinals last year, with Thiem winning in 3 sets.

Photo credit: Banco Sadabell

Read more:
– 2019 ATP clay-court season guide
– Barcelona Open 2019: Medvedev through the semifinals
Barcelona Open 2019: Nadal and Thiem will face off in the semifinals