Tennis star Rafael Nadal is no stranger when it comes to making a style statement. He talks about his style secrets, goals for the year, and the Tommy Hilfiger connection.

Do you enjoy dressing up? What are the staples in your wardrobe?

Off the court, my style is really simple, comfortable and classic — I’m a jeans and a T-shirt kind of guy. Now having the help of Tommy Hilfiger makes everything easier, and I’m always dressed perfectly for every occasion!

What do you look for when you buy a suit? Are you very particular about fit, style and the smaller details?

The Tommy Hilfiger Tailored collection has quality designs with really great fit — they make me feel really comfortable, which is important to me.

Tell us about your association with Tommy Hilfiger and what it entails.

Tommy’s an old friend, and when he approached me for the collaboration, I was very excited to work with one of the world’s most renowned fashion designers. I’m honoured to have this opportunity  to collaborate with such an iconic American brand.

It was surprising to see you associated with an underwear campaign, because your image is not of a very outgoing, bold person. How did it feel for you?

Being a model isn’t a new experience for me — I’ve been doing it for years. I don’t consider it part of my personal life, but it’s still part of my public life. I have always tried to learn new and different things in my life — in this case, working with Tommy Hilfiger and getting to know the fashion world more in-depth is something that interests me and motivates me.

You’re now also the face of the Tommy Hilfiger Tailored THFLEX collection. What are the best features of this collection, according to you?

I love THFLEX because the suits are so comfortable. They’re sharp and sophisticated, but also made for movement and travel.

You’ve had a hard time returning to form after a number of injuries. What is it that motivates you to fight back?

Tennis has been my whole life and my passion. Every day I wake up, because I have the motivation to improve my game.

What are your personal and professional goals for 2016? 

To enjoy life in general, to improve my tennis game, and to stay as competitive as possible.