Has Nadal scratched capris for good?

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  1. tennisoh

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    It seems like these days he is all about the power board shorts and tape around the knees. I haven't seen him wear true capris for a while now. Is he finished with capris for good? I know it really doesn't matter, but it would be interesting to know if it was something he decided or if Nike said, you know, we can market the longer shorts a lot better than male capris.
     
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  2. RoddickistheMan

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    idk i like the shorts look though. The capris are done
     
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  3. bossass

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    Hopefully, although he still needs to wear something baggier to keep it out of his crack. I thought those capris were the dumbest thing ever, then I saw them on my hitting partner, who is a skinny dude and bought them in the right size, and they looked fine.
     
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  4. TMCW140

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    He's wearing a normal sleeved top and shorts in australia next year, so looks like the end of the capris and maybe his sleevless tops aswell
     
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  5. tennisoh

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    You think this has more to do with Rafa or Nike? Everyone knows how superstitious Rafa is, so initially changing to longer shorts would have been hard. Then, he has been playing so well with the board shorts that perhaps he just said "no mas" to capris.
     
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  6. babolat15

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    rafa will wear a thong if thats what nike wants
     
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  7. slkbassist

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    Who says he isn't already?
     
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  8. Andyk028

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    I hope he still wears them for the French Open..he's done well in them so why stop?
     
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  9. topspin6060

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    how do you know this?
     
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  10. babolat15

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    haha, you may be right
     
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    Its all about the money

    Rafa has been convinced by Uncle Tony and the gang that he will be a lot more marketable, and therefore wealthier, if he bags the capris and long hair. Its all about the money. It always is and always will be.
     
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  12. jmsx521

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    He changed to the short ones so the tape below the knees is visible, and it constantly reminds the ATP CEOs how the hard-courts are ruining his body.
     
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  13. ruerooo

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    Well, certainly it's about the money. But I was under the impression that his previous contract with Nike had a clause that he couldn't cut his hair above a certain length. So was there a contract renewal, and was everyone on board with changing the length? (It does seem shorter since Wimbledon, but it was much longer before that.)

    And why would shorter hair be more marketable anyway? Some of us ladies like longer hair on the men. The Djoker's haircut looks like a bristle brush.
     
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  14. bluetrain4

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    I can honestly say that Rafa's ridiculous "pirate" look (capris, sleeveless shirt, bandana) has become iconic.

    At first I almost laughed. He looked so ridiculous. But, everyone got used to it and after a while it didn't even register.

    It will be weird seeing him in something different. But, I'm guessing Nike has to finally make him wear something new to drive new sales.
     
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  15. love15

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    I heard from somebody of Nike ( quite a top guy) , that next year Rafa will not wear sleveeless for sure.

    Probably not Capri anymore.

    we will see

    L15
     
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    yeah possible because he is top of the tennis world in terms of selling stuff so something new will sale like hot cake for nike
     
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  17. Cup8489

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    imagine him with custom fitted polo's and traditional tennis shorts ala federer, with shorter hair. lol.
     
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  18. FreshStew

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    Hopefully:-?

    Novak needs some new clothes!
     
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  19. Love Game

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    Really? Where'd you hear that?

    (Inquiring minds want to know.)
     
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  20. Nadal_Freak

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    Hopefully not. We don't need another Federer look. He should stick with his own look. (Capris, long hair, bandana, and sleeveless shirts)
     
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    Actually I think he would look quite weird in Fed's style of clothing. Its like he is too macho or modern for it?
     
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  23. Coaching

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    He could be the next Andre Agassi persona that Nike is missing when they released Andre. Andre was a marketing mecca at his prime and Nadal can be the same. This will be another pot of gold for Nike I think.
    Federer is marketed differently as a clean cut, serious, professional looking player and he is well suited for that role.
    Ever wonder how much worth their contract with Nike?, this 2 must be raking a lot $$$$.
     
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  24. SempreSami

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    I'm pretty sure the shorts are the same length as the ones he's currently sporting.
     
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  25. snoryder

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    You think he could afford proper straps instead of tape.
     
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  26. stormholloway

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    What's a Federer look? A polo with shorts? That's just called tennis clothing.
     
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  27. Serpententacle

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    I heard from sources that Nike wants Rafa to legally change his name and grow a walrus ’stache.
     
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