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Volume 24 No. 219
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Welcome To The Gun Show: Nadal Back To Sleeveless Nike Shirts For Aussie Open

Nike endorser Rafael Nadal will "wear a sleeveless tank top on the blue hardcourts of Melbourne" for the Australian Open -- "the first time he'll have done so in nearly 10 years," according to NEWS.com.au. Nadal last went without sleeves in '08 in an "effort to beat the sapping Melbourne heat." This time around, he approached Nike "to come up with a new design." When Nadal "burst onto the scene he became known as much for his tank tops and three-quarter length pants as his scintillating inside-out forehand." The news was first reported by Spanish-language outlet Marca (NEWS.com.au, 1/8).

GOT MY ORANGE CRUSH: Roger Federer at the Hopman Cup, which wrapped up Saturday in Perth, "showed off the Nike Zoom Vapour X All Court shoe he will be wearing" during the Australian Open. The shoe features a "bold orange colour choice." Federer's main outfits for the Australian Open "will be predominantly white with two diagonal stripes across the shirt in orange and black, matching the colour" of the shoes (EXPRESS.co.uk, 1/9).