Two and half years ago, Nike made a drastic move by changing Rafael Nadal out of his trademark cut-off muscle T's and capri shorts and putting him into more conservative tennis attire.
They gave him sleeves and raised his shorts up about four inches. At the time, his fans were up in arms. How could big bad Nike do this?
Well, it actually made a whole lot of sense. Here's what I wrote in January 2009:
"You have the No. 1 tennis player in the world who is an incredible player, but he wears these cutoff shirts and extra long pants that almost no tennis player is going to wear. Not many people would wear that for fashion purposes, either. So Nike officials don't have any choice if they are going to make the money they pay Nadal work for them."
So now that Nadal has won yet another French Open, it's time to look back and see if Nike made the right decision.