Rafael Nadal has nothing left to prove at Roland Garros, but that isn’t going to stop the Spaniard from going for an unprecedented eighth career French Open title when the action kicks off today in Paris.
In an incredible run that started back in 2005, the then 19-year-old won his first major title at the French Open, and since, has won an additional six out of seven times at historic Court Philippe Chatrier—earning him the undisputed title of “King of the Clay” in the process.
Nadal’s 52-1 record at Roland Garros ranks amongst the best at any of the four major tournaments in the Open era. But while his winning percentage has been consistent, one facet of his game has naturally evolved over the years. We’re referring to his sneakers of course. Nadal’s relationship with Nike has resulted in some memorable shoe models over the last decade. To compliment his unmistakable natural abilities, Nike has continued to supply Nadal with high performance tennis sneakers designed to slay the clay.
As we gear up for the 2013 French Open, let’s take a moment to look back at the shoes worn by the former world No. 1 on the red stuff. Here’s The Complete Sneaker History of Rafael Nadal at the French Open.