See what went down at the launch event for the latest fragrance.
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What better way for Tommy Hilfiger to launch his new fragrance TH Bold, that celebrates strong and sporty, than with tennis legend Rafael Nadal. In an evolution from his previous more subtle scents, this plays into the current trend of more intense, definite fragrance.
The launch event, a spirited tennis match in New York City’s Bryant Park, was timed to usher in the upcoming U.S. Open. The full tennis court was assembled solely for a single match of strip tennis. Super models including Constance Jablonski and Victoria Secret Angel Chanel Iman played doubles, or doubled up against a single Nadal, to see who could take off the most clothing in the sweltering heat.
We got some time to sit and chat with Nadal after the heated tennis match and we asked some questions about him, his relationship with Tommy Hilfiger and his strategy for the U.S. Open. Keep reading to see what he says.
Last time in Europe, you were the champion of the U.S. Open, how far do you see yourself from that performance? RN: 2013 was a magic year and I was playing at the highest level that I’ve ever played, winning three tournaments in a row. It’s something very difficult; not that many players did that in the history of tennis. This year is a little bit different story, but I feel better than what I felt during the year and I feel like I’m closer than I was before to be playing the way I want to be playing. In terms of confidence, every time I feel more calm, I feel more confident about the things I’m doing. I just need to keep doing what I’m doing to compete well here, but it’s not the end of the year for me. The U.S. Open is another chance and I hope to be competitive to play well, win the tournament and if not, then we continue to the next event. It’s important for me to finish the year in the Top 8 to enter the next year with the possibility of being a high seed in the beginning.
RN: It was a great experience. Thanks to Tommy Hilfiger to give me the opportunity to play in the streets of New York. I think everyone had fun out there and that’s the most important thing. I feel comfortable with Tommy Hilfiger. I have a great relationship with Tommy for over 10 years. They’ve been very nice to me from the beginning.
Have you done anything different to prepare for this year’s U.S. Open?
RN: No, I’ve not done anything different. There’s not much to do. I arrived here on Saturday. I worked hard on Sunday. I’m going to keep doing the same until the tournament starts. I hope to be ready for it. I’m working with all of my attitude all of my passion, then if you play good or bad that’s part of the business. I try to create opportunities to play as good as possible knowing that when the tournament starts anything can happen.
What mistakes would you try and prevent young tennis players from making?
RN: Everybody makes mistakes. I’ve made plenty of mistakes in my career. The important thing when I make mistakes, some people don’t change. I would change a lot of things that I did knowing these things later. I try to listen to people around me in my career. I always make decisions with the support of my team and my family. Throughout my career, I was smart enough to listen to the people older than me and who know more. This helps you create character. Always listen to what older people think. Have a good group of people around with the right values. People who really say the truth to them not what they want to hear. It’s very easy when you’re young and very good at something, some people tell you what you want to hear. I feel I had the right people around me to tell me what I’m doing good and very bad. It’s important to have people around you who tell it like it is.
RN: I’ve got a lot of days before my first match. I’m going to go the gym this afternoon. Tomorrow I’ll be practicing and the next morning I’ll be doing a charity event with John McEnroe at his academy. I’m going to keep working hard the rest of the days to work as much as we can and as much as we need to be ready for the U.S. Open. That’s part of our life; it’s non-stop.
How does fragrance fit into your lifestyle and what does being bold mean for you?
RN: I always use a fragrance. Especially for me, It’s important to have a fresh fragrance on me after practicing a sport When you’re using a fresh fragrance, after you play a sport you take a shower and then put it on. It’s like you’re clean and you recover yourself. With bold I have that feeling from the beginning that’s important for me.