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August 11, 2014

Dominating Day And Night: Nike Tennis Unveils Key Looks For New York

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The apparel and footwear Nike Tennis elite athletes will wear to compete on the most exciting stage in tennis.

This is the innovative Nike Tennis footwear and apparel Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Grigor Dimitrov, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka will wear to compete day and night in New York at the last Grand Slam tournament of the year. And, because evening matches demand an elevated style, Nadal, Federer, Sharapova and Williams will also wear footwear and apparel from the Nike NYC Night Collection that celebrates the unique energy and occasion of playing in this tournament under the lights. 

RAFAEL NADAL

Reigning champion Rafael Nadal comes back to New York after winning an historic ninth title on the clay of Roland Garros. For his title defense, Nadal will wear the 2014 Nike Advantage Premier Rafa Sleeveless, classic Nike Premier Rafa Jacket and the Nike Premier Gladiator Shorts.

The Nike Advantage Premier Rafa Sleeveless is a minimalist design that delivers maximum cooling. Laser perforations in key sweat zones enhance breathability, and in combination with Nike Dri-FIT fabric, work as a system to keep the player comfortable. Nadal’s Nike Premier Gladiator Shorts are constructed from Dri-FIT stretch fabric to be as lightweight and fast as possible. The top and short combination lets the player start dry in challenging conditions and move easily around the court.

The Nike Premier Rafa Jacket delivers warmth in a classic silhouette but includes modern performance elements. The laminated poly-knit exterior fabric is durable and drives the warmth functionality of the jacket. A Nike Dri-FIT mesh lining ensures breathability and the bonded zip chest pockets deliver functionality, providing secure storage of small items.

ROGER FEDERER

World No. 4 Roger Federer comes to the final Grand Slam of the year in great form after a thrilling final in London. He will wear the Nike Advantage Premier RF Polo, Nike Premier RF Sweater, Nike Gladiator Premier Shorts and the Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour. 

The Nike Advantage Premier RF Polo delivers outstanding cooling performance. Nike Dri-FIT fabric pulls perspiration to the surface of the shirt where it evaporates quickly to keep the player dry and comfortable. Laser-perforated back and underarm panels provide maximum ventilation, and flat-lock seams eliminate irritation to give the player every advantage. Federer's Nike Premier Gladiator short uses Dri-FIT fabric for superb comfort, and the 9-inch inseam provides excellent on-court coverage.

Federer's Nike Premier RF Sweater is heritage-inspired and is crafted from a cotton-blend knit for a traditional look and added warmth. It has a scuba hood design for added protection and coverage in addition to side pockets for ball storage. His footwear of choice remains the Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour with a gold Swoosh, textile upper, flex grooves, supportive TPU foot frame and Dynamic Fit for a lightweight, cushioned and responsive high performance ride.

GRIGOR DIMITROV

Now world No. 8 after a year of great performances, Grigor Dimitrov will take to the court wearing  the Nike Advantage Polo, Nike Freestyle Short and Nike Sphere Tennis Jacket. The Nike Advantage Polo is a new modern take on an apparel classic. Nike Dri-FIT fabric is again utilized to keep the player dry and comfortable, while a slim-fitting collar and placket and bold colorway enhance the fit and style. The Nike Freestyle Short has a 10-inch inseam but is slimmer fitting so the shorts deliver an updated look while providing best-level breathability and comfort. The Nike Sphere Tennis jacket is designed to let the player stay warm and move easily — with Dri-Fit Sphere fabric, stretch mesh panels and articulated sleeve design.

SERENA WILLIAMS

The current world No. 1 and reigning New York champion, Serena Williams returns to New York looking for a remarkable sixth title at this historic venue. Williams will compete in the fierce Nike Serena Dress. Crafted so she can stay cool through to the final point, the Nike Serena Dress showcases a sublimated animal print for a bold and feminine style while leveraging all the benefits of Nike Dri-Fit fabric to keep her dry and comfortable.

MARIA SHARAPOVA

Maria Sharapova returns to New York after missing last year's tournament due to injury. Coming off a magnificent victory at Roland Garros this year, she will compete in a unique Nike Maria Day Tunic specially designed to present a stylish and sleek silhouette but still deliver superior breathability and comfort. It uses a built-in bra design for lightweight support, and separate shorts deliver added coverage and tennis ball storage. Sharapova’s footwear choice is a customized version of the NikeiD Zoom Vapor 9 Tour. 

Throughout the year, Eugenie Bouchard and Madison Keys have worn the Maria Team collection of Nike Tennis apparel that Sharapova helped develop. For New York, the players will wear the Nike Premier Maria Women's Tennis Sports Top made with sweat-wicking stretch fabric and mesh panels to help keep them dry and comfortable. A built-in bra offers a snug, supportive fit and a modified racerback delivers unrestricted movement. They will pair the top with the Nike Premier Maria Printed Women's Tennis Skirt which also uses sweat-wicking stretch fabric and includes built-in compression shorts that offer support and excellent range of motion.

VICTORIA AZARENKA

Victoria Azarenka will compete wearing the Nike Premier Sleeveless Polo, Nike Printed Pleated Woven Skirt combination and Nike Lunar Ballistec footwear. The sleeveless polo has the familiar racerback design for enhanced mobility and a superbly ergonomic fit. It is made of Nike Dri-FIT fabric for optimal thermal management and comfort. The 12-inch skirt beautifully combines fashion with function in a classic pleated design that is laser-perforated for breathable performance.

NIGHT LOOKS

To recognise the unique enviroment and spectacle that is play under the lights in New York, Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer and Serena Williams will wear special night-inspired colorways of their day looks. Maria Sharapova will be wearing the striking Nike Maria Night Dress. It was made to express Maria's signature style but also deliver the performance she needs to be her best on court. A racerback design provides an ergonomic fit and Dri-FIT fabric provides sweat management and comfort. An Inner Definition bra has molded cups that provide modesty, shaping and support while the flounce ruffle design on the hem delivers an enhanced range of motion.

The Nike NYC Night Collection of footwear for the 2014 tournament in New York includes special versions of the Nike Lunar Ballistec and Nike Vapor 9.5 Tour.

The Men's and Women's footwear and apparel day looks highlighted above are available now from nike.com and also at select Nike Tennis retailers. The night looks will be available August 18.