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New Threads From El Toro and The Swiss Maestro (And Nike, Of Course!)


With the masters behind us, El Toro and the Swiss Maestro can look forward to lower profile play while they gear up for another go round, and we can look forward to seeing them in new Nike threads. The two fan favorites are back on the scene, Federer in subdued Dusty Gray livened up with Gym Red that’s perfect for this power player, and Nadal in colors with less contrast, yet still an unexpected pairing: Gamma Blue and Dark Loden.

We haven’t seen his usual success on the court this year, but regardless of how he’s been playing Roger is always ranked at the top when it comes to style. This season he does not disappoint. He’ll be wearing the Nike Premier Roger Federer Polo that has all the design details you’d expect from an RF piece: bonded placket and collar, Dri Fit fabric, and a mesh back panel for unmatched ventilation. The cut of this polo is similar to that of the other Roger Premier Polos that he wore for most of his masters matches, but the print design has evolved from the pin dot hombre fade of previous polos into vertical stripes with graduated widths. This one also offers UV40+ protection for safer long-time play. What might surprise you is his shift in shorts – not so much the cut as the color. Federer goes bold in shorts similar to these red babies here, the Men’s All Court Tennis Short. The poly spandex shorts offer deep side pockets for your tennis balls and an elasticized waist for the perfect fit. Laser cut grommets across the back yolk offer optimal moisture management. To top it all off, Federer will likely don the Nike Roger Federer Hybrid Tennis Cap in Light Gray in soft Dri-fit fabric with one hand closure for quick adjustments during play.

Naturally he’ll also be sporting the Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour, his shoe of choice for good reason. The shoe incorporates Adaptive Fit technology which means that it conforms to the shape of your individual foot for unmatched support and stability. It’s lightweight to allow for free movement and the mesh insets offer excellent ventilation. Nike Zoom technology in the heel and forefoot foster a quick response time and added cushioning, and the outsole is constructed of XDR – or Extra Durable Rubber – so this shoe will stick around for awhile.

Nadal will also sport his shoe of choice for all courts, The Nike Air Max Courtballistec 4.3, one of the most thought-through shoes Nike has to offer. It’s lightweight as many of their model are, but incorporates a combination of fused elements and durable rubber compounds in its upper to make it strong like bull – or El Toro as it were - plus Drag on technology so you toe draggers don’t suffer from your shoe falling apart while you play. The Lunarlon technology in the midsole provides plenty of soft, flexible cushioning while the Air Max technology found in the heel protects on impact. The outsole is a mix of patterns for optimal multi-surface traction so this shoe will serve you well wherever you go. It has all this plus mesh insets for enhanced ventilation. Bonus: it's also ultra-flexible.

The king of clay will command the court wearing the Nike Premier Rafa Crew in cool and contemporary Gamma Blue. While the color is striking – in a good way – it’s the details that make this shirt a real standout. The comfort level of this lightweight tee is second only to going shirtless. Its mesh panels partner with the Dri-FIT technology to wick away your sweat and let the air flow through to keep you cool and dry. He’ll also be wearing his popular Nike Premier Woven Short in the Dusty Gray. The shorts are constructed of a poly spandex blend that moves when you move but have excellent shape retention wash after wash. These also have laser cut grommets to help manage sweat and keep you from overheating. The hook and loop closure allows for some flexibility in the fit. In cooler temps he’ll cover up in the Nike Premier Rafa Tennis Jacket in Dark Loden. Like the rest of his pieces, this jacket is the ultimate in lightweight apparel and works to keep you as comfortable as can be on the court. Dri-FIT fabric, full zip front and zippered pockets make this jacket as functional as it is fashionable.

For more looks from the new Nike line, visit our website by clicking here, or come to our superstore at Westheimer and the Beltway in Houston!

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