• Samberg vs. McEnroe, Connors, Borg & More


    On the cusp of this year’s US Open, The New York Times Magazine asked Walter Iooss Jr. (legendary sports photographer) and comedian Andy Samberg to look back at several iconic men’s tennis rivalries. Andre Agassi vs. Pete Sampras, John McEnroe vs. Bjorn Borg, and Jimmy Connors vs. McEnroe are all done comedic justice. Not only was the level of play to be admired, the on court style was too (ignore Agassi for all intents and purposes). The New York Times meticulously dug into the archives of Nike, Fila, and Tacchini for the authentic tennis whites. The result fiercely rivals the best Will Ferrell sports comedies—save Semi-Pro, that was just bad. The piéce de résistance? Pistol Pete’s carpet of a chest.

    Game, set, match.

    Images via Walter Iooss Jr.

    Aug 26, 2011 | Permalink (6) Total Comments

    Todd left a comment on 12/9/2011 at 1:02 PM:

    Love “McEnroe’s” classic Nike’s…  had a pair just like’em back in the day - couldn’t play tennis worth a damn - still can’t play tennis worth a damn!

    Carlos left a comment on 9/7/2011 at 1:43 AM:

    Can someone please tell me how do you put pictures in sequence like this?

    GBourgeaiseau left a comment on 9/3/2011 at 7:32 PM:

    Nice post. All the best!

    Andy M. left a comment on 8/31/2011 at 11:11 AM:

    Samberg can do no wrong.  Genius!

    Clay left a comment on 8/31/2011 at 10:02 AM:

    That is AMAZING.  The poses are smack-on.  He does McEnroe better than McEnroe.  Thanks F.E. for a big laugh!

    David left a comment on 8/31/2011 at 9:47 AM:

    Bring back wooden tennis rackets! The game would be so much better.