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Nike Tennis Launches Elite Athlete Looks for Melbourne

Nike has unveiled the looks that Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer, Juan Martin del Potro, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Li Na will wear on the blue courts of Melbourne Park beginning next week.


World number one Rafa Nadal will battle in Melbourne wearing his redesigned Nike Premier Rafa Jacket, a 2014 Premier Rafa Crew, Nike Gladiator 10-inch SW Shorts and the new Nike Lunar Ballistec.

The Nike Premier Rafa Jacket is as stylish as it is technical with a range of features including DWR finish for superb protection from the elements, drop back hem for enhanced coverage, stand up collar and invisible zippered side pockets for secure storage.

The 2014 Premier Rafa Crew utilizes Nike Sphere fabric panels to deliver superb breathability and resist cling created by excess moisture. An updated v-neck design offers a comfortable nonrestrictive fit and ergonomic seams reduce the potential for irritation that can be created by fast-paced play and extended wear. And Nadal’s Gladiator 10-inch SW Shorts have been constructed to be as lightweight and fast as possible.

Nadal’s footwear is the all-new lightweight Nike Lunar Ballistec with unprecedented speed and control in one of the lightest and fastest tennis shoes Nike has ever made. The Nike Lunar Ballistec in a men's size 10 weighs just 13 ounces and it achieves this breakthrough by using Nike Lunarlon, a proprietary Nike technology that provides extra cushioning while keeping the shoe lightweight and responsive. 


Tennis legend Federer begins his 2014 Grand Slam campaign sporting his stylish Nike Premier RF Cover-Up, Nike Premier RF Polo, Nike Gladiator Premier 9-inch Shorts and the new Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour. 

Designed specifically with Federer in mind, the Nike Premier RF Cover-Up is made from Dri-FIT sweater knit fabric which delivers great breathability and comfort. Adding to the ventilation are open knit panels on the side and back of the jacket.

Laser perforations on the back panel and under-arms make the Nike Premier RF Polo an ideal performance option for playing in warm weather. Dri-FIT fabric in both the Nike Gladiator Premier 9-inch short and Polo deliver unmatched moisture management and ensure all-match comfort.

Federer's footwear of choice is the evolutionary new Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour with textile upper, flex grooves, supportive TPU foot frame and Dynamic Fit for a lightweight, cushioned and responsive high performance ride.


Juan Martin del Potro heads to Melbourne looking to continue his 2013 momentum. Del Potro's Nike Advantage UV Crew and Nike Gladiator 10-inch Plaid Shorts deliver unrestricted movement and superior moisture management in all conditions. The Dri-FIT stretch fabric in the shorts and crew provide protection from the harsh sunlight of the Australian summer and excellent sweat management. 

His lightweight Nike Air Max Cage shoes enable aggressive, lightning quick on-court moves. Drag-On Cage technology and a Max Air unit provide excellent durability, lightweight cushioning and impact protection.


Sharapova's Nike Premier Maria Tunic Dress takes women's tennis clothing to new heights by blurring the line between a tank top and dress. Constructed from Dri-FIT fabric the Tunic Dress has a Racerback design and perforated back and side panels to help manage heat and ensure Maria stays dry and comfortable. The included shorts provide supportive coverage and also include secure tennis ball storage.   

Sharapova’s footwear choice is the NikeiD version of the iconic Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour shoe. 


The current world number one will compete in the first Grand Slam of 2014 in the Nike Serena Oz Open Dress. The dress features sweat wicking Dri-FIT jersey fabric, a deep V front and a perforated back panel to make it super comfortable on court whatever the temperature. The use of flat rubber tabs around the armholes and front of the dress give Serena a locked down fit that enables her to move freely and dominate the court. 


The current Ladies’ Champion will battle to retain her Melbourne title wearing a Nike Advantage Printed Tank, Nike Pleated Woven Skirt combination and new Nike Lunar Ballistec. 

The Tank has the familiar Racerback design with a silhouette that now follows the contour of the shoulder blades for a superbly ergonomic fit. It's made of Nike Dri-FIT jersey and mesh fabrics for optimal thermal management and the supportive built-in bra has new moulded cups for fit, shaping and outstanding support. The 12-inch skirt beautifully combines fashion with function in a classic pleated design that is laser-perforated for breathable performance. 

Azarenka’s shoe is the incredibly lightweight Nike Lunar Ballistec - a new Nike Tennis shoe that delivers faster speed to the ball combined with unprecedented durability and control. 


Li Na will look to repeat the great start to the year she enjoyed as a Melbourne finalist in 2013 wearing the incredibly lightweight Nike Pure Short Sleeve Top, Nike Unlined Woven Skirt and Nike Solid Ball Short. 

The Nike Pure Short Sleeve Top features Li Na’s signature neckline for a nonrestrictive fit and cap sleeves to enable a wider range of motion. The stretchy Dri-FIT jersey fabric is used to pull perspiration away from the skin to the surface of the garment where it quickly evaporates to keep the player dry and comfortable.

Li Na's Nike Unlined Woven Skirt and Nike Solid Ball Short are ideal companion pieces to top delivering supportive on-court performance, a stylish look and great comfort.