The King of Clay serves T+L a few of his best moves.
The winner of 12 Grand Slam men’s singles titles, Mallorcan tennis player Rafael Nadal is fierce on the court—but a beach bum at heart. Want proof? Despite a relentless tournament schedule, he finds time to visit Secrets Aura Cozumel ($$)—one of two resorts he co-owns on the Mexican island—where he “loves to fish and dive.” While Nadal’s wardrobe includes this T-shirt from Vilebrequin ($85) and boat shoes by Tommy Hilfiger ($98), his laid-back style doesn’t equate to traveling light: all his gear and event attire add up to “a thousand suitcases.” One thing you’ll never find inside: trophies. “I left one in a taxi in Acapulco! I’ve had them mailed to me ever since.”
• Nadal’s Zadig & Voltaire jacket ($415) and jeans ($225) are cool yet comfortable.
• “My limited-edition Richard Mille watch is so light I hardly feel it.”
• The Nike Roller Golf Departure Duffel ($170) has a separate pocket for wet items.
• Nadal’s Babolat racquets (from $199) are always at his side. “If I lose them, I have a small problem.”