Jimmy Connors still wearing 20 year old Nikes.

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  1. Al Czervik

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    I wish they still sold them
     
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    well, that Prince Mono is at least that old too, isn't it? maybe Jimbo's got a time machine!
     
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    I heard chatter that Nike was going to retro the ATC 3/4 who knows if he's wearing an early pair, but those were great, I liked the version with ice blue.
     
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    The Mono came out in 1994 and the Air Tech Challenge IV came out at the 1991 U.S Open... and Jimmy is wearing the low. I would like to barrow Jimmy's time machine..........
     
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    Those shoes are really old but they look cool.
     
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    They look cool, put a Jordan logo on them and you will see how the retro feeling gets thrown out the window. :)

    I see nothing wrong with the shoes, it's the guys that's wearing them. :twisted:
     
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    these shoes NEED to be re-released.
     
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    I sure Connor is very frugal! He is suppose to be the richest of all the tennis players. He did very well in business it seems.

    Nike should just give him some current clothing for g*dsakes. Nike is cheap too it seems. It would been worth the price and more to have Connors wear some of the up to date clothing.

    It just not right; since he is at the U.S. Open and what harm would it be to deck him out in clothing?
     
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  10. Harry_Wild

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    What do you mean by that remark? Are you defacing Jimmy Connor? Man, he made the U.S. Open what it is today - Energy and Waltage! Especially the night matches.

    Please explain your remark here!
     
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    What shoes is Big Mac wearing ?
     
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    those shoes are awesome. i want the pink/black/white ones.

    i remember having the agassi air max challenge or whatever they were called. awesome shoes.
     
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    Connors was under contract with Converse shoes starting in 1982. Before the US Open in '91, he developed foot problems with them, searched around, then started wearing the Nike Air Tech Challenge lows. He reportedly gathered a huge amount of em, knowing that they'd be discontinued someday.
     
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    Surely by now the cushioning material.. actually pretty much all the materials have lost their original properties?
     
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    you would think, but >>

    I have a pair of adidas stan smith shoes from the late 1970's when they were made in france look a bit different than the ones made today. still in the box I tried them on and feel fine ready to go. seems like when Jimmy finds something that works he doesn't let go to easy like that prince frame.
     
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    Only when stressed, except potentially the glue. Connors may have boxes of old shoes or Nike may just make him new ones.
     
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    Where are these pics from?
     
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    Yeah, I can't see the synthetic materials in a Nike trainer degrading in 18 years?
     
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    How do you deface a human being with words? I need you to explain that...

    Say what about him making the US Open what it is in terms of "Energy and Waltage", I don’t know what you mean by that either. But it's the players that make the US Open time and time after again with their efforts. All the same he left many great memories in his matches, that don’t excuse the fact that he wasn't the most congenial guy during and after his playing day. With his contribution to the game, like many of the greats before and after him, doesn’t mean I have to like him.
     
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    My guess why he's wearing them:

    If you'd had as many foot problems (broken bones, bone spurs, etc), and you found a shoe that you could go out and mash in a little bit, why change? If I'd had that many problems with my feet and I could wear something that was comfortable that didn't tear up my feet, I'd buy as many pairs (or, if you're Jimmy, ask Nike for as many pairs) as I could get.

    Just saying....
     
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    Mac and Jimmy were out on the practice courts hitting at The Open yesterday.
     
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    Connors has turned into an old fart.
     
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    me too, i was hitting next to jimmy back in january and noticed them aswell, man he can still hit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AWESOME!
     
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    My recollection is that Jimmy had a custom insole designed for his foot. Probably has dozens of pairs left over. Of course he can still hit, hip replacement and all!
     
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    love those shoes, wish nike still makes them. they were comfortable and awesome looking.
     
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    Connors has always bounced around sponsor-wise. Started with Fred Perry, then Sergio Tachinni, then Robert Bruce, then had some type of licensing deal with Cerrutti 1881, then Slazenger, then who knows. Racket was the T2000 for a long time, then Slazenger and Estusa; shoes Nike, Super Pros, Brooks, Converse, and then those Nikes.

    At one time there was to be a "Connors Reebok Classic" line of shoes and clothing, I even saw a poster for it in the local tennis shop...but never saw it anywhere.
     
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  29. The_Question

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    They (Nike) need to make a retro on that line...
     
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    I think in '82, Connors was under contract with Brooks. They made a Jimmy Connors model, I remember because after the Adidas Nastase was discontinued, it was my shoe of choice. I thought they were great shoes, but they didn't last too terribly long.

    Connors did go back to Converse after Brooks went under and failed to pay him his endorsement.

    Yep, and Converse and Pony were gobbled up by Nike which explains why McEnroe tools around in Chucks... Connors was a Converse player and I assume he got Nike'd when that transaction happened.

    One item of note. Everone remembers the Connors/Haarhuis match when Connors retrieved 4 overheads hit by Haarhuis. Connors went on to win the point and ran to the crowd and jumped up. His shoe contract at the time was with Reebok, and it was a great looking shoe by the way. Anyway, someone took a picture of Connors in mid jump, the photographer who took the picture was behind Connors and got a great picture of the soles of Connors' shoes. On top, they said Reebok...but the soles said Nike... :)

    Some years ago, Serena was under contract to Puma. She had a knee or foot injury and was at her chair getting attention. The trainer put her Puma shod foot on her knee. The sole of the "Puma" said Nike and was a perfect match for the Oscillate.
     
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    yeah i remember the haarhuis match- what a sequence. or the one v. krickstein- THIS IS WHAT THEY PAID FOR, THIS IS WHAT THEY CAME TO SEE. classic. say what you want about connors, but he never mailed it in, he always left it on the court.

    PS never saw him use Reebok stuff ever. And I don't think Pony was ever owned by Nike..and the Nike purchase of Converse was fairly recent, I think.
     
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    Great to see the enthusiasm of these 2 is still going strong:)
     
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    Pffft, like I'd know
    Or perhaps he prefers those shoes, and Nike's been making them for him custom since they were released.
     
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    Speaking of the T2000...
    [​IMG]
     
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    Some guys stock up on shoes. Perhaps he bought a lot or was given a lot. No reason for perfectly good shoes to go to waste. He could still have some shiny new T-2000 or plenty of Prince Monos. Perhaps he's a packrat. . .


    -SF
     
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    Connors has always kept large amounts of tennis shoes. I don't know of another player before or after him who put on a brand new pair of shoes most every time he played.
    Connors would break out a new pair of shoes that were not even broken in for each match.
    My guess is he has at least one big closet full of brand new tennis shoes so why wouldn't he use them?

    I think Mac wore some Nike shoes (cross training mid tops) made in the 80s years after they quit making them. (not what he is wearing now.)
     
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    What kind of racquet does Jimmy have in this picture?
     
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    Depends on how they were stored. I have a pair of Adidas Lendl Competitions circa 1986 that I snagged a couple of years ago that were properly stored. They're fantastic and feel just as good as the same pair I had in the 1980s.
     
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    Great photo!

    Jimmy at his best:)

    And looking good wearing Cerutti 1881 in 1982 was it?
     
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    Just how cool is this racket:)
     
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    The weird Prince Mono:)
     
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    I had those ATC 3\4 in that same colour back in the day, (yes.. the OG's) and there is NO WAY those shoes would arrive 2009 in wearable condition. the mid sole stiffens up and crumbles like corn bread...

    mine did.. all the three pairs i had... one after the other...

    those are either special run for him or some way he (or nike for him) found to preserve them without the time taking the toll!
     
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    Incorrect. The event in question happened at the end of Connors/Krickstein.
     
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    What are you referring to? The photograph of his shoe soles or the retrieval of the overheads?
     
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    Yes it did happen in the Connors/Haaruis match.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7t5W6SDuEs
    .44 seconds into the video
     
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    Speaking of Connors, here's the shoes closeup, with Converse socks; Gerulaitis wore those too, also with Nikes for some reason.
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    Plus one of The Man:
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    And one of The Man II; and I played that racket, the V24. Was like a CLUB.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Man oh man, those were the old school definition of "shorts. They were all so skinny back then too. I'm afraid the new school guys like Verdasco, Roddick, Monfils, and Nadal would be popping out of those clothes. Remember when Tommy Haas wore a sleeveless practice shirt once for a match (IW or USOpen?) and was told to find a polo or get fined?
     
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    seems tennis clothing is always classic.

    look at the countless stan smith adidas shoes or lacoste polos that everyone is STILL rocking after 30+ years.

    i just want the agassi "punk" clothing to come back. that stuff was great.
     
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    It could be possibly back then that the shoe might of been made in the U.S. too! Higher quality and material too then today's shoes.
     
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