"People don't seem to understand that it's a damn war out there." - Jimmy Connors. Shown on a lightweight, 100% jersey cotton ringer tshirt from American Apparel.
"Tennis has given me soul." - Martina Navratilova. Shown on a semi-Sheer Spaghetti Strap Tank for Women. 100% cotton from Anvil.
"A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid or winning." - Billie Jean King. Shown on a short sleeve crew neck heather jersey tshirt, 50% cotton, 50% polyester, from Bella.
"You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy." - Arthur Ashe. Shown on a mélange jersey gym tShirt. 70% cotton,30% polyester from American Apparel.
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These hoodies speak for themselves, but we really love that they are paying tribute to two legends who we lost too soon - Arthur Ashe and Vitas Gerulaitis. They're lightweight, 50% cotton, 50% polyester, from Hanes. Perfect warmup sweatshirt for when the weather breaks a bit and its a little cooler outside.
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The great American tennis player, Vitas Gerulaitis, is immortalized in this tshirt from Old School Tennis.
Vitas was known for winning the men's singles title at one of the 2 Australian Open tournaments held in 1977. He also won the men's doubles title at Wimbledon in 1975 and was a singles semi-finalist at Wimbledon in both 1977 and 1978. In 1977, he lost a long Wimbledon semi-final to Björn Borg 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 8-6.
Gerulaitis was known for his exceptionally quick hands at the net and for his outstanding court coverage. With his dash of long blond hair he was a precursor, in style at least, to Andre Agassi.
Gerulaitis died in an accident on September 17, 1994, at age 40. While visiting a friend's home in Southampton, Long Island, a malfunction in the heating system caused odorless, poisonous carbon monoxide gas to seep into the guesthouse where Gerulaitis was sleeping, causing his death. Gerulaitis is interred in Saint Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, Long Island, New York.*
I was too young to appreciate his play as much as I'd like. But I do follow his contemporaries quite a bit - McEnroe, Borg, Connors, etc. You will never hear anyone say an ill word of Vitas, he's one of the good guys in tennis, beloved and greatly missed by all.
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* via Wikipedia
The former World No. 1 and as Billie Jean King said, "'the greatest singles, doubles and mixed doubles player who's ever lived." Is adding a new battle to her 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 Grand Slam women's doubles titles (an all-time record), and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles...breast cancer.
If there's one person who will whip cancer's ass, its Martina. We're sure of it.
Old School tennis has a super cool charcoal tshirt design of Martina, which is awesome enough in its own right. But...they've recently announced that to further commemorate Martina, 50% of the profits from the sales of these shirt will be donated to Susan B. Komen For the Cure.
You can learn more about Martina's journey and battle with breast cancer at CNN.
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This unique tshirt commemorates the craziness that happened at this year's Wimbledon. American 23rd seed John Isner beat the French qualifier Nicolas Mahut in the longest match in tennis history, measured both by time and number of games. After 11 hours, 5 minutes of play over three days, the match finished 6-4, 3-6, 6-7(9-7), 7-6(7-3), 70-68 (183 games). The match began at 6:13 pm British Summer Time (17:13 UTC) on Tuesday 22 June 2010.
At 9:07 pm, due to fading light, play was suspended at two sets each. After resuming on Wednesday 23 at 2:05 pm, the record for longest match was broken at 5:45 pm. The light faded again, and so play was suspended at 9:10 pm, with the final set tied at 59 games each. Play resumed at 3:43 pm on Thursday 24, and Isner won at 4:48 pm, the final set having lasted 8 hours, 11 minutes. (via Wikipedia)
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