Game, Set, Match – Part 2 (1980′s to 2000′s)

Welcome to part deux … the past 20 years saw the likes of tyrant John McEnroe, the king of swing Pete Sampras and super swede Roger Federer.

1980’s John McEnroe.  He is best remembered for his shot-making artistry and superb volleying; for his famous rivalries with Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl for his confrontational on-court behavior which frequently landed him in trouble with umpires and tennis authorities; and for the catchphrase “You cannot be serious!” directed toward an umpire during a match at Wimbledon in 1981.  The many looks of colorful Mr. McEnroe through the years … the “short” shorts, headbands, striped socks, pirate shirts, high waisted jeans and then the transformation to the urban rocker, the urban city guy and finally into The Classic Gentleman!

1990’s Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras.  The 1990’s brought us the exciting and colorful personality of Andre Agassi contrasted by the boring as dust personality of his chief rival Pete Sampras.  Agassi went on to win eight-time Grand Slam singles and competed in fifteen Grand Slam finals, and an Olympic gold medalist.

Andre with former wife and Hollywood actress Brooke Shields.

Andre with wife and former tennis star Steffi Graf and their children.

Pete Sampras, a former #1 player during his 15-year career,  won 14 Grand Slam singles titles. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time.

2000’s Roger Federer & Rafael Nadal.  Roger is a Swiss professional tennis player. Many sports analysts, tennis critics, and former and current players consider Federer to be the greatest tennis player of all time.  Federer has won 16 Grand Slam singles titles, more than any other male player. He is one of six male players to have captured the career Grand Slam.  Federer also holds the record of reaching 10 consecutive Grand Slam finals and has appeared in 18 of the last 19.

The Roger Federer brand ubiquitously apparent through the “RF” logo on all things Roger related.

Not sure what the heck he was sporting back in 2008.  Not TCG approved!

And hawking the universally popular Rolex watches … Roger the pitchman can do it all.

Rafael Nadal, the Mallorca native finished as ATP World Tour No. 1 for second time in three years as he wrapped up top ranking after winning his first US Open title … Led ATP World Tour with seven titles in nine finals … He’s won at least five titles for six straight years … Seventh man in history to complete a career Grand Slam, youngest player in Open Era to win all four Grand Slam titles and first player to win three straight Grand Slam titles in same year since ‘69 when Rod Laver pulled off Grand Slam. As of Dec. 27, has been ranked No. 1 for 76 weeks in his career!

In conclusion, today’s urban look is worlds apart from the classic years of the bygone era when men sported crisp white slacks and sweaters.  The color blocking combinations of today and rippling biceps of the likes of Rafael Nadal … here to stay?

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