Sunday, February 9, 2014

History of Stan Smith

About StanSmith

Adidas Stan Smith is a tennis shoe made by Adidas. However, nowadays, the shoe is not used for tennis, but as sneakers.Stan Smith is an American tennis player, who was active between the end of the 1960s and the beginning of the 1980s.

Best of Stan Smith: 

Davis Cup:

The 1972 Davis Cup finals were an epic drama. Tennis historians consider it one of the best Cup matches.
But they evinced something grander, an event bathed in geopolitics, with hints of intrigue. It is a moment
somewhat lost in history, its context (including an apparent cameo by President Richard M. Nixon) not
fully illuminated.
Six weeks before the match, the world had watched on television as Palestinian terrorists murdered 11 members of the Israeli team at the Munich Olympics. The next big international sporting event was the Davis Cup in Romania, a country friendly to the Palestinians, and the Americans had two Jewish players. Security precautions were  extraordinary for tennis SWAT teams on the hotel roof and motorcades that never stopped at red light  and the fear of attack felt real enough that the United States coach, Dennis Ralston, sidelined Harold Solomon  in part because he was Jewish. It was one more challenge heaped on the team facing a contest on red clay, a slow  and less familiar surface to the Americans and their lone star, Stan Smith.

Hall of Fame

One of the great sportsmen of tennis, a man who commanded respect for both the caliber of his game and the strength of his character, Stan Smith was an authentic American hero of the early Open Era. Tall and stately at 6’4”, he conducted his business on the court  with quiet but unmistakable conviction. With his strong moral fiber and rectitude, he represented his country with almost unparalleled  dignity and honor in Davis Cup competition.

Grand Slam Record- Career High!
One of the great Davis Cup competitors, Stan Smith added the U.S. (1971) and Wimbledon (1972) titles to his laurels,and,with Bob Lutz, was part of one of the preeminent doubles teams. Smith, who overcame teenage awkwardness to become a feared 6-foot-4 foe with crashing serves and volleys, may have hit his zenith on alien clay. That was in Bucharest in 1972 as the U.S. won a fifth consecutive Cup, and he supplied the clinching victory - the insuperable third point - for a fifth time. That's a Davis Cup record to which he added in 1979, with Lutz, in the 5-0 victory over Italy at San Francisco. Stan was in at the finish of seven Cup victories, tying him with Bill Tilden for a U.S. high. And he had a smaller share of an eighth Cup,
in 1981, when he and Lutz took a doubles over Ivan Lendl and Tom Smid – the Cup adieu for Stan and Bob, at Flushing Meadow  - in the win over Czechoslovakia en route to the final.

A notable sportsman, he had to "concentrate so hard I got a headache," he said after the three-day ordeal at the hands of a loud partisan crowd and overly patriotic line judges in Bucharest. It was an extended, rocky campaign during which Smith  won seven of eight singles and, with Erik van Dillen, all five doubles. Stan scored the clinching point in each of five matches  and nailed down two of the most dramatic singles victories ever by an American in the finale. Romania, loser to the U.S. in the  1969 and 1971 showdowns, appeared the favorite on home earth, but Smith shocked Ilie Nastase on the slow court to lead off, and  hen out-battled the sly, combative Ion Tiriac in a tense five-set struggle. Knowing that he had to hit outright winners well away  from the lines to make sure of the points, Smith did just that to storm through a last-set bagel and send the U.S. safely ahead,  3-1, in the 3-2 victory.

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