Top ten tennis ads of all time
We have all laughed or been motivated by many a sporting ad over the years, with most focussing around soccer or football. However, with the US Open set to start on Monday it is time to look back at some of the best tennis ads in recent times.
10. Nike – Maria Sharapova
The tennis betting odds nearly always favour Maria Sharapova in major tournaments, and Nike are clearly excited to have landed the Russian as an ambassador here. However, Sharapova has pulled out of the upcoming US Open with a shoulder injury.
9. American Express – Venus Williams
One of the hardest hitters in the women’s game, Venus shows the mole who is boss in this ad for American Express.
8. Scwab – Anna Kournikova
Anna Kournikova showcases beauty and brains in this ad for Schwab.
7. Genworth Financial – Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf
The famous husband and wife team partner up in this ad for Genworth Financial.
6. Canon – Andre Agassi
Going back to 1990, they retro ad has Andre Agassi at his prime, with rock star-esq hair.
5. American Express – Andy Roddick
American Express partner leading mens tennis player Andy Roddick with retro game pong in this amusing ad.
4. American Express – Jon McEnroe
Mr McEnroe’s anger and frustration on the courts is legendary even today, but American Express appear to have found a way to calm the hothead.
3. Tesco – Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe
McEnroe might well have taken the game of tennis very seriously but it appears that he can see the funny side now that he has retired. He features alongside Bjorn Borg in this ad for British supermarket chain Tesco.
2. Dayzers Lottery – John McEnroe
McEnroe is in this one too, except for Dutch lottery Dayzers. Never one to sit on the fench, it appears the American can be impartial after all.
1. Nike – Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras
This ad goes back to 1995, with Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras in their prime. The guerilla tennis ad for Nike had a cult following and displays some shows of skill from two American great of the tennis world.