Wimbledon style icons
By Gavin Jewkes, 22 June 2014
Tomorrow sees the start of Wimbledon, or 'The World Cup Of Tennis' as no one calls it, and it's set to be an incredible competition. So, to celebrate, here's our rundown of the coolest players from the last few decades, specifically the 70s and 80s – a time when men weren't men without a headband or perm.
He may have won 11 Grand Slam titles, but the pinnacle of former world number one Bjorn Borg's tennis career was surely inspiring an entire generation to wear head-to-toe Fila.
And if you weren't wearing Fila, you were wearing Sergio Tacchini. Novak Djokovic may have dropped Tacchini as his sponsor in favour of Uniqlo, but back in the day, John McEnroe recognised how this Italian brand's sharp cuts, crisp colours and short shorts could earn him a reputation as one of sport's most powerfully dressed men.
There's just so much going on here – all of it great. Separately, their looks were strong, but combined, they're the reason your dad grew his hair and met your mum.
Boris Becker, the Mick Hucknall of sport, enjoys a reputation as tennis' biggest ladies' man. And with a style game as strong as this, it's not hard to see why.
Years ago, Andre Agassi had hair. But not just any hair: he had this hair. That's right – the kind of mane so golden, glorious and feathered that few have been able to recreate the style since (including, sadly, him). Agassi also flew the flag for Nike when he was king of the court, replacing his trademark garish gear for brilliant all-white kits when Wimbledon came around.
Wimbledon champ in 1975, Arthur Ashe was a true gentleman who racked up three Grand Slam wins during his illustrious career. And he looked damn cool while he was at it.
Goran Ivanisevic, the Croatian giant – he's 6' 4" – won his one Wimbledon title in 2001, but we like to remember him when he went through his grunge stage and rocked a bandana. A tennis-playing pirate with an arm like a cannon.