View Full Version : Smith vs. Nastase Adidas jacket (pictures)

11-29-2007, 01:47 PM
I couldn't believe when I saw it at a Ross store in Naples, Florida, a year ago. Many of you already know, it's a hit or miss at Ross; though it was quite expensive, they had only one of them, and I didn't have much time to think, so I had to take it. Interesting 70s-80s fashion style, wouldn't you say? I have barely even worn it since then:
1. Because I live in Florida, and jackets in Florida are not necessary.
2. So that I don't mess it up... it's one of a kind.

I have seen Stan Smith only on pictures; I don't even know how he plays, and I have barely even seen Nastase video footage too... aside from knowing that he was "the bad boy of tennis" before McEnroe came. I actually thought Smith and Nastase played at different times: Smith in the 50s-60s, and Nastase in the 70s. I guess they played sometime in between these periods.

http://img144.imageshack.us/img144/4457/smithnastase1ql0.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://img144.imageshack.us/img144/8140/smithnastase2ig7.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Moose Malloy
11-29-2007, 02:00 PM
Nice pics. Smith played Nastase in the 1972 Wimbledon final, generally regarded as one of the best matches of alltime. Which is I guess the inspiration for this jacket. They are both the same age, & from the same era.

They also played in probably the most famous(or infamous) Davis Cup final, in 1972, in Romania, when linesman & umpires were clearly giving favorable calls to the host country, Romania. Smith & the US still managed to win the Cup.

The Stan Smith tennis shoe was actually sort of popular back in the day, not just with tennis players.

02-27-2008, 08:52 AM
It actually looks like Adidas put out a whole line of apparrel to commemorate this classic Wimbleton Match. Thanks for the history lesson Moose, I didn't know about the Davis cup match (not having lived during that time).

I'm pretty sure I see the jacket you are referring to on a popular auction site used by millions of americans right now!

I must say, its a looker!

02-27-2008, 10:52 AM
That is the coolest jacket I've ever seen.

02-27-2008, 11:57 AM
That jacket is a bit OTT for my taste - I'd prefer not to publicly commemorate any tennis match in that fashion.

Stan the Man! What a tennis player and decent human being...

02-27-2008, 12:06 PM
dude that jacket is the shiiiiit. yea i thought they played in different eras too. for shoes though smith wins hands down.
it goes smith-rod laver-then nastase. i cant believe they made the nastase so ugly