Sharp-looking Rafael Nadal leads ‘football tennis’ in Paris

 Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

Swapping his tennis racquet for an oversized tennis-football, iconic tennis star Rafael Nadal, who looked dashing in his Tommy Hilfiger suit, led a pop-up tennis tournament in Paris and ushered his equally sharp-looking guests to a VIP cocktail party in Paris.

Nadal, American label Tommy Hilfiger’s global ambassador, joined in a game of “football tennis,” a unique fusion of the two sports. The event was held in the courtyard of the brand’s French headquarters on Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, where a spectacular set-up was specially installed for the occasion.

The 14-time Grand Slam winner faced off against acclaimed Dutch footballer Gregory van der Wiel— who currently plays for French club Paris Saint-Germain—and Spanish model Andrés Velencoso.

Presenter and actress Justine Fraioli piloted the tournament from the umpire’s seat while former Paris-Saint Germain goalkeeper, Jérôme Alonzo, officiated the match.

“Rafael really exemplifies our brand spirit: fun, cool, and never too serious. We’re excited to bring our ‘tennis with a twist’ event to Paris, and share the playful concept with our fans in the city,” Tommy Hilfiger himself said.

The three players—Nadal, van der Wiel, and Nadal—were dressed in suits from the THFLEX Rafael Nadal Edition capsule collection, which fuses sartorial tailoring and performance fabrics made for modern movement. Van der Wiel wore a navy blue double-breasted suit; Velencoso wore a gray single-breasted suit; and Nadal wore a light grey single-breasted suit.

This was the fourth pop-up tennis tournament hosted by Hilfiger: the initial match took place in Bryant Park, New York in August 2015 to launch the global brand ambassadorship with Nadal for Tommy Hilfiger Tailored, underwear and fragrance. The following two events took place in Stuttgart in November, and Madrid in December, 2015.

In the Philippines, Tommy Hilfiger is located at Central Square in Bonifacio High Street Central, Greenbelt 5, Newport Mall, Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Shangri-La (Childrenswear only), Shangri-La Plaza Mall and Abreeza Mall Davao.


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