Nadal burst onto the tennis scene in 2005 with fully exposed arms and kapris ending below the knee. In his first French Open, he took the title at the age of 19.
Nadal defended his title in 2006. Again with no sleeves and kapris.
Nadal changed the capris from white to black in 2007, but the result was the same. He three-peats as French Open champion.
Fourth title. Still undefeated at Roland Garros. However, we begin to see the bottom of Nadal’s knee-cap. Perhaps foreshadowing future exposed knees. Still no sleeves.
Nadal makes significant changes to his wardrobe, and it proves costly. Fully exposed knees and the addition of short sleeves. His 10” inseam is upset in the 4th round by Robin Söderling. Are the capris the source of his power?
No. He wins the title again in 2010. It appears his shorts are slightly lower than the year before, but specific measurements weren’t taken. Nadal wins his first full-knee-exposed French Open.
Rafa wins again in 2011 with similar wardrobe.
And in 2012.
With his most risky short-raising since the 2009 loss, Nadal goes to a 8” inseam. He wins his record 8th French Open title. What will the future hold for the shorts of the greatest clay court tennis player ever?
The thigh’s the limit.
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