Vintage Tennis

August 20, 2010

Tshirts w/ quotes from tennis legends might just inspire your game

quotes tshirts.png"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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August 19, 2010

New Hoodie Collection from Old School Tennis showcases the VIVA Collection

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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.

from Old School Tennis

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August 10, 2010

VIVA VITAS Tshirt Immortalized the Beloved American Tennis Star

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.


Check it out at Old School Tennis.

* via Wikipedia

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July 31, 2010

VIVA ARTHUR Tshirt Celebrates the Great American Tennis Champion

This t-shirt from Old School Tennis celebrates a player whose impact on the world and on tennis is difficult to sum up, Arthur Ashe. Let's start with him being one of the best American tennis players ever. As a player, a career record of 818-260, 33 titles, #1 in 1969, Australian Open champ, Wimbledon champ, US Open champ, 18 double titles. And Davis Cup winner when he was captain.


But more than that he was a graceful champion at life. A civil rights leader and activist, he was part of a delegation of 31 prominent African-Americans who visited South Africa to observe political change in the country as it approached racial integration. And despite two rounds of heart surgeries and contracting AIDS through a blood transfusion, Ashe never lost his grace, dignity or class.

Which is why we say VIVA ARTHUR!

You can put the design on just about any shirt in the store. But we like how it is shown, on an American Apparel jersey t-shirt, 100% cotton.

Check it out at Old School Tennis.

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May 4, 2010

Eroddicks from Stick It Wear?! - tennis boyshorts with a signature twist

It's not everyday we get to write about women's chonies here at the blog, so we'd like to thank Stick It Wear?! for alerting us to a new offering, the Eroddicks...get it? Erotic...Andy Roddick...Eroddicks...oh nevermind...
Pick your favorite tennis personality, they come in: Agassi, Sharapova, Safin and Nadal. They come in 3 colors: white w/ pink, black and gray, with a screened emblem on front
with the Stick It Wear?! designer signature. They're 95/5% cotton/spandex boy shorts...I hear the hiphugger style is comfortable for everyday wear but I'll have to take the ladies' words for it.

Check out other Stick It Wear?! posts: Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, and Rivalries.

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May 1, 2010

Stick It Wear?! Releases Updated "Rivalries" Designs

If we haven't made it clear before, we love the designs coming out of Stick It Wear?!. We covered the Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe designs, and we just learned about the release of their updated rivalries designs.

They've always had McEnroe/Borg, Agassi/Sampras, and Federer/Nadal, but these new designs have a twist, a big 'ole "V" in the middle, just in case you couldn't tell these folks were arch enemies.

Not crazy about the Stick It Wear?! logo on the front, I prefer it on the back shoulder. But loving the new "V" - adds a nice design component.

Check them out on the Stick It Wear?! website.

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January 11, 2010

Stick It Wear?! T-shirts - Part 1, Our Savior JC

Jimmy Connors, that is...what did you think we meant? :)

There are few tennis strokes as distinctive as the straight-armed, lefty, two-handed backhand of Jimmy Connors. Which is exactly what the newest Stick It Wear?! design captures perfectly. Add to that the Dutch boy haircut, the Wilson T-2000 racquet and the short-shorts, and you've got the persona nailed.

As with all the Stick It Wear items, the stick figure graphic is augmented by the dates of the player's most noteworthy accomplishments. In this case, Connors' U.S. Open wins, when one of the original bad boys of tennis was dominating the sport. Not to mention, Connors is the only player to win the U.S. Open on all three of its surfaces - grass, clay and hard.

You can get the JC shirt on a variety of apparel items, but the image shown is a 100% cotton t-shirt. Its soft and not overly thick cotton. That coupled with the reasonable cut (not too slim, not too baggy) makes it a very comfortable shirt.

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September 5, 2008

Vintage Tennis Fridays: The Plainest Tennis Shoes Ever

If you read this blog with any regularity, you know we like not only vintage tennis looks, but classic tennis looks. In general, "classic" means whites, simple, etc. Well, these sneaks by Erik Schedin actually have NO details whatsoever, just white sneakers. They're Stan Smith-esque, but without any design elements at all.


From CoolHunting

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July 15, 2008

Nike McEnroe Air Trainers Finally Available for Sale

Thumbnail image for air-zoom-tennis-trainer-101.jpgWe've been waiting for the new Nike re-issue of McEnroe Air Trainers (here and here), and now the wait is over!

You can get them today at Tennis Warehouse for $80

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June 16, 2008

adidas Tournament Pack - We need these in the US!

We first brought these to you back in March, and now SneakerFiles has pics on the second drop of the classic adidas tennis shoes. White, black and green are three of the few colors seen in the pack throughout the different models. The Matchplay, Tennis Advantage OG, Stan Smith, and Forest Hills '82 are the four sneakers seen in this second drop.

Check them out, they're awesome if you're a fan of classic tennis looks and the old school. From what we can tell, they're only selling in the UK. If we're wrong in this assumption, PLEASE someone let us know. If we're not, comment on this blog and let's see if we can get someone to carry them over here.



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May 22, 2008

Retro Nike Air Tech Challenge II Set for June

nike-air-tech-challenge-2-clay-blue.jpgIf you liked the new/old Nike Air Trainers I posted about recently, you'll love these - Nike Air Tech Challenge II Limited Edition in White / Tart - Clay Blue - Granite. They're expected to release in June.

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From SneakerFiles

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May 16, 2008

Vintage Tennis: Nike Classic Panda

fragment-nike-tennis-classic-panda-pack-main.jpgRecently, Southeast China was hit with a major earthquake, leaving many injured and killed. To help restoring the areas destroyed and help with the bills, the Fragment x Nike Tennis Classic Panda Pack will be auctioned off, with the proceeds helping victims due to the earthquake. No date has been announced yet.

From Sneakerfiles

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Vintage Tennis Friday - Nike Classic Woven

tenniswoven.jpgThese are more "classic" than "vintage," but who cares? We like them.

From SneakerFiles:

Earlier this month, a collaboration between Nike and Fragment Design was previewed along with a few other styles.

Here's a look at the latest pack which consists of two different Tennis Classic Premiums featuring a woven upper. Both sport the woven design on the toe box and tongue. Release is slated for May 17th at Atmos.

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May 9, 2008

Vintage Tennis Friday, Part Deaux - Rene Lacoste 75th Anniversary Sneaker Pack

renelacoste.jpgWhile we don't think the famed member of the Four Musketeers, Rene Lacoste, wore brightly colored sneakers, we appreciate the thought Lacoste has put into their Rene Lacoste sneaker pack to mark the company's 75th anniversary. The pack has six different single-colored sneakers named after the founder, Jean Rene Lacoste. According to SneakerFiles, each sneaker will retail around $75 - yikes, for canvas sneakers? The power of branding!

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