Today, Rafa (Rafael Nadal) played against our own Dominic Thiem for the 2019 French Open held at Stade Roland Garros in Paris. He wore a special “What The” version of the NikeCourt Cage 3 Glove for this 12th career win on clay court. Visual details from each of the shoes he wore in the past 11 years are incorporated into the volt glow/white colorway. A zipper shroud, a nod to the Nike Air Zoom Flight, is a pretty addition and also prevents clay from lodging into the shoe and the laces.
The Spanish hitter won in four sets 6/3; 5/7; 6/1; 6/1 and won a record 12th French Open singles title.
As each of the shoes Rafa wore in the past 11 years are incorporated into the volt glow/white colorway of the Nike Court Cage 3 Glove “What The”, here are the shoes he wore everytime he won the French Open.
2005: Nike Air Max Breathe Free II (white, gray, yellow/gray swoosh)
2006: Nike Air Max Breathe III (white, black, yellow swoosh)
2007: Nike Air Max Breathe Cage (white, turquoise, white swoosh)
2008: Nike Air Max Breathe Cage II (white, gray, green, gray/green swoosh)
2010: Nike Air Max CourtBallistec 2.3 (white, gray, maroon)
2011: Nike Air Max CourtBallistec 3.3 (white, blue, black swoosh)
2012: Nike Air Max Court Ballistec 4.3 (white, pink, white swoosh)
2013: Nike Air Max Court Ballistec 4.3 (white, orange, orange swoosh)
2014: Nike Air Max Court Ballistec 4.3 (gray, skyblue, dark gray swoosh)
2017: Nike Lunar Ballistec 2 (green, purple, volt swoosh)
2018: Nike Air Zoom Cage III (light blue, cyan, silver swoosh)