Icon: Ilie Năstase
Nadal, Federer, Murray: all great tennis players who’ve been battling it out for the title of Wimbledon Champion over the past week, with varying results. (Chin up, guys.) And all preceded by the oft-forgotten Romanian tennis boss, Ilie Năstase.
Though his luck at the All England Club wasn’t that great, either.
In fact, although he was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1991, Năstase never won that title himself. But that’s not to say he’s without his share of accomplishments. So to give the man his due, we’d like to bestow upon him Kempt Icon status, our own highest titular honor.
Follow us for some more on Năstase’s illustrious career both on and, ahem, off the court…
One of five players to have won more than 100 pro titles in both singles and doubles over the course of his career, Năstase was the first ever pro athlete to sign an endorsement deal with Nike. He’s only surpassed by three players in Masters Tournament wins, and in 2005 he was ranked the 28th best tennis player in modern history by Tennis magazine. Not bad, we’d say.
But if you think those numbers are impressive, you should have a look at this one: 2,500. That’s the number of women the man is presumed to have slept with. (Though he thinks it’s more of a paltry 800 or 900.) And while we here at Kempt aren’t quick to endorse such brazen hedonism, we can’t help but think it might have something to do with his propensity for well-fitted tennis shirts and strong power-suiting.
Yup, still got it.
— Stephen Praetorius