Tennis fans spot startling detail in Rafa Nadal's French Open kit

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Rafa Nadal (pictured left) warming up before his match and (pictured right) Nadal in a French Open post-match interview.
Fans joked Rafa Nadal (pictured) appeared to be wearing the 'green and gold' of Australia heading into the French Open. (Images: Roland Garros/Getty Images)

Rafa Nadal always turns heads at grand slams when fans get a glimpse of what the 21-time champion is wearing and his new kit revealed at the French Open certainly resonated with his Australian fan base.

Nadal started his Roland Garros campaign against Aussie Jordan Thompson and appeared to be free of his injury that hampered him in Rome as he advanced with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 victory.

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However, it didn't take long for fans to notice the Spaniard's new Nike outfit in the tunnel before he entered Court Philippe Chatrier.

Warming up with his usual intensity, it became apparent that Nadal was set to head into his quest for a 14th French Open title wearing green and gold.

This immediately had Australian fans swooning over his choice of kit.

Many fans joked that he was wearing Aussie 'Davis Cup' colours, in honour of his Australian Open triumph earlier this year.

His colour choice was also a talking point considering he was playing Thompson.

The Spaniard looked slick in his new outfit and advanced to the second round of Roland Garros without too much trouble against the Aussie.

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Nadal's victory over Thompson helped him eclipse a long-standing Roger Federer record.

Victory for Nadal was his 106th on the Roland Garros clay - the most of any men's player at a single grand slam tournament.

Nadal's staggering feat sees him overtake Federer on the list, with the Swiss maestro having won 105 matches across his Wimbledon career.

The 35-year-old's 299th grand slam victory was accomplished with minimum fuss, setting up a showdown with France’s Corentin Moutet in the second round.

Nadal admitted confidence could be higher heading into Roland Garros, but will hopefully work his way into form.

Rafa Nadal (pictured) thanks the crowd after winning his French Open match.
Rafa Nadal (pictured) celebrates his victory over Jordan Thompson in the first round of the men's singles at Roland Garros. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

“Of course the confidence is higher when you win in Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid, or Rome,” said the Spaniard.

“Without a doubt, things are easy in this world to understand, no? When you are winning more matches and more tournaments you have better confidence.

“When this is not the case, things are different. But I never expected to be winning 15 Monte Carlos and Romes, so that’s the situation today.

“I got injured, and that’s it. What happened is past and here we are. We are in Roland Garros. I am here to try my best."

Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic was relentlessly booed by the French Open crowd as he defeated Yoshihito Nishioka in the First Round.

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