In the male-centric sports world, where the likes of LeBron James score $65 million in endorsement deals, female athletes have largely been an afterthought. But thanks to a constellation of superstars—including a reenergized U.S.
Tennis is hard to match when it comes to the power of social media: only the NBA and soccer have more average followers per player, according to exclusive research from PMK BNC. And with the U.S. Open set for later this summer, tennis' social media season is in full swing.
Fresh from his U.S. Open triumph, Rafael Nadal comes on like the candy man in ESPN's latest tongue-in-cheek SportsCenter spot from Wieden + Kennedy in New York. Network personalities John Anderson and Bram Weinstein just can't figure out why Rafa is such a chick magnet around the ESPN offices. Could it be his tan? His dimples?
In the early 1970s, long before there were high-tech carbon-fiber tennis racquets and nitrogen-pressured tennis balls to help, Roscoe Tanner pioneered the sudden-death serve. He could send the ball screaming over the net at 153 mph (a record that would stand for nearly three decades), terrifying opponents in matches the world over. But Converse noticed something else about Tanner.