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Heritage Adidas shoes endorsed by professional tennis players?

One of Adidas' most important sports - when it comes to endorsement and marketing - is tennis. Adidas have endorsed a vast number of professional tennis players, but only a select few of those players have had shoes named after them. The first tennis players to have an Adidas shoe named after him was Rod Laver: Rodney George "Rod" Laver is an Australian who dominated professional tennis in the late 1960's, and is one of only a handful of players to win all four Grand Slam titles in a calendar year.

The Adidas Rod Laver is still manufactured by Adidas, and has been since the late 1960's. The next No.1 ranked men's singles tennis players to have an Adidas shoe named after him was Stan Smith: Stanley Roger "Stan" Smith is an American who won Wimbledon and the US Open in the early 1970's. The Adidas Stan Smith is Adidas' best selling shoe, and is one of the most popular sports shoes ever created; it is still manufactured in a range of designs. Two other heritage Adidas shoes, endorsed by male professional tennis players, are the Adidas Ilie Nastase and Adidas Ivan Lendl. Both were iconic players in their eras, but their shoes never captured the heart or zeitgeist, and are only periodically re-issued.

While Adidas have tended to primarily endorse men's singles players, they did produce the Adidas Steffi Graf; this shoe, however, like the Nastase and Lendl, did not become an iconic shoe, and is currently out of production. The Adidas Stan Smith, Rod Laver, and Ilie Nastase shoes were all issued with a portrait (drawing) of the players head printed onto the tongue of the shoe; not all versions of the shoes feature the portrait however. A modern Adidas tennis shoe endorsed by a professional player is the Adidas Novak; Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player who is ranked the world No.1 in men's singles in 2016.