On Sunday, Rafael Nadal defeated Viktor Triocki to win his third Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, Germany. Following his win, Nadal was presented with a Mercedes-AMG GT in a brilliant shade of tennis ball yellow.
Apart from his brilliance on tennis court, the king of clay has also been in news for sporting a Richard Mille luxury limited edition watch worth £500,000 (Rs 5 crores). In the image above he is wearing the same watch, which weighs just 20 grams, and is able to survive 50 G’s of shock.
When asked about the car, Nadal, who is sponsored by Kia Motors, said that it was good, but it was not a Kia, while he found the colour a bit too overwhelming.
Whether Nadal can exchange this tennis ball yellow Mercedes AMG GT or not for a color of his choice is yet to be ascertained. When asked if he will drive the car, Nadal confirmed that he would, but would not like to have the cameras around due to its oppressive external colour.
Nadal has been brand ambassador for Kia for close to 10 years. Having beaten Viktor Triocki in the final game, the Spaniard, who is currently listed 10th in the ATP rankings, has won his first title on grass since 2010. Following this win, Nadal now heads to London to play for his second grass court title when he takes to the courts at the prestigious Queen’s Club for the Aegon Championships.
Mercedes AMG GT is the flagship sportscar from the German brand. Priced in the range of £97,195 to £122,745 in the UK, it is powered by a 4.0l V8 turboed engine, that generates power 456 hp in the base variant and 503 bhp in the top of the line GT-S variant (which can do 0-100 kmph in 3.8 seconds and has a top speed of 310 kmph – more than the speed at which Nadal serves).