Latest speculation, rumors on Rafael Nadal – Back-to-back setbacks in South America wouldn’t stop former world’s no.1 from launching a new collection of suits designed by American apparel brand Tommy Hilfiger.
On Tuesday, Tommy Hilfiger officially launched the TH FLEX Rafael Nadal Edition capsule collection, which is tailored from Italian-made fabrics.
Nadal signed an endorsement deal with Tommy Hilfiger in 2015, making him its global ambassador (the Entrepreneur). Prior to the launching of the tailored suits, the Spaniard already made a series of campaigns for the brand’s perfumes and underwear last year.
-After absorbing semifinal defeats at the hands of Pablo Cuevas and Dominic Thiem (Argentina Open), Nadal vows to work extra hard to be in shape for the French Open championship.
On Monday, Sports NDTV reported that Nadal has accepted the invitation to play an exhibition match against Pablo Andujar at Jose Miguel Agrelo Coliseo de Puerto Rico on March 21.
While Andujar isn’t a highly-rated opponent, it will nevertheless be a good warm-up event for Nadal, who continues to absorb losses against unheralded opponents.
–Bleacher Report put Nadal on the losers’ column in their latest weekly recap. Nadal hasn’t won a single tournament so far this year after four tries. To make things worse, the Spaniard performed miserably in tournaments he was supposed to win. And for BR tennis writer Jeremy Eckstein, Nadal’s late-set collapse is now becoming a norm.
“The disheartening part was Nadal’s continued pattern of fading away late in matches. At the Australian Open, he was tossed aside by Fernando Verdasco in the fourth and fifth sets. Against Dominic Thiem in last week’s semifinal at Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nadal couldn’t come through in the final tiebreaker. The loss to Cuevas came after he was unable to close out the match in a second-set tiebreaker.”
Up next for Nadal is the Indian Wells Open.