A fashionable Rafa subbed for Roger

It’s almost as if Roger didn’t happen.

The loss of Roger Federer to Andy Roddick at last week’s Sony Ericsson Open created a vacuum in fashionable men’s tennis gear, but Rafael Nadal quickly stepped up to the plate. Fortunately for TSF, some good screencaps by the folks at VamosBrigade.com (plus photojournalists at the tourney) have given us a good luck at Rafa’s Nike kit for the week.

Rafael Nadal - Miami 2008

First, the murse. Actually, let’s talk about the word murse for a second. I am over it. Call a bag “a bag”; a purse “a purse”. No need to qualify it it’s a men’s bag or a women’s bag. The style (and who carries it) should speak for itself.

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It looks to me like Rafa was using the Nike Vault Track Bag, on sale for $58.99, originally $85.

Rafael Nadal - Miami 2008

And let’s talk about this gross misuse of his bandana. He wore it pirate style with a white Global Power┬áTank from earlier this spring (that “tire tread” look). Thankfully, this only made an appearance in his doubles matches with Tommy Robredo, and they didn’t last too long in the draw.

Rafael Nadal - Miami 2008

Rafael Nadal - Miami 2008

And even his shoes get a little personalization. His Air Max Breathe Cages (also from Nike) have his name inscribed on the back.

Rafael Nadal - Miami 2008

Rafael Nadal - Miami 2008

And finally, a fun windbreaker for those offcourt appearances.

Rafael Nadal - Miami 2008

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