words & image // Zack Schlemmer
Even though Andre Agassi was one of the best tennis players in the world in the late 1980's and early 90's, he refused to play at Wimbledon - considered the most prestigious tennis tournament - from 1988 to 1990. He decided not to participate due to his opinion of the dress code which enforced a predominantly white outfit. Agassi, who was known for his long hair, dangly earrings and neon colored clothing on the tennis court was not having the snooty British tennis tournament's uptight all white dress code.
This Nike ad for Agassi and the Challenge Court Collection of apparel is the perfect example of his style and attitude. This ad from the "Hit the Ball as Loud as You Can" campaign shows Andre in a wacky neon designed outfit, featuring some killer acid wash tennis shorts. On his feet are the Air Challenge Court 3/4, in their popular "Hot Lime" colorway. These saw a retro release a few years back, but unfortunately we have not seen many more models from Nike's excellent 90's tennis line return. Who would like to see more classic Nike tennis shoes come back? Or some of Andre's spandex apparel?