Stan Smith – An Unsung Hero

Stan Smith, Born. Dec 14, 1946 in Pasadena (Calif) was one of the greatest Davis Cup Competitors, former No.1 Tennis Player and two time Grand Slam title winner from America. He was one of the iconic sportsmen between late 1960s and early 1980s.

When Stan Smith was a kid, he wanted to become a ball boy but turned down because the organizers felt he was unskilled in handling things without realizing that kid would someday become a Tennis superstar.

Stan started getting recognized when he played his collegiate tennis at the University of Southern California, where he went on to win 1966 (Singles), 1967 & 1968 (Doubles) of National Collegiate Athletic Association championship titles.

Stan was respected in the Tennis world not just for his caliber of the game but the strength of his character on and off the field.

Stan also entered the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987. Take a look at some of the major titles he’s won in his career.

Grand Slam Record

Career Achievements
Davis Cup 1968-73, 1975-79, 1981. Record: 15-5 (Singles), 20-3(Doubles)

Australian Open
Doubles Champion 1970

US Open
Singles Champion 1971
Doubles Champion 1968, 1974, 1978, 1980

Singles Champion 1972

After all these achievements, Stan himself told in an interview that ‘The youngsters these days doesn’t know about his career achievements before the launch of Adidas Sneaker range by his name and accepted that the name has become bigger than him as a person’. Though the shoe is not recommended for today’s tennis players, it still continues to remain an iconic brand for Retro Tennis shoe fans. Several celebrities like Sky Ferreira, Will Arnett, Phoebe Philo and Kanye West may seem spotted with Stan Smith Green and Whites.

Once asked by Oystermag, if he was on a desert land what he would take among these and why – A pair of Stan Smiths, a tennis racket, a tennis ball or an iPhone? Stan without any thought said it would be the pair of Stan Smiths because he would feel comfortable and can protect his feet from oyster shells and sand crabs, as the ball and racket wouldn’t be of help without a court and the iPhone wouldn’t work without a network.

Take a look at the video of Stan himself describing the new sneaker range by Adidas

A pair of Stan Smiths worn by the legend himself

Watch The Legend in Action:

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Image source: Guardian

To be continued…
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