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Stan Smith

Stan Smith is an American former professional tennis player who was born on December 14, 1946, in Pasadena, California. He had a highly successful career on the ATP tour, winning a total of 39 singles titles and 61 doubles titles.

Smith turned professional in 1969 and quickly established himself as one of the top players on the tour. He reached his career-high singles ranking of World No. 1 in 1972, a position he held for a total of 108 weeks. Smith was known for his powerful serve and his excellent volleying skills.

Smith had his most successful year in 1971 when he won the US Open singles title, as well as the Wimbledon and US Open doubles titles with his partner, Bob Lutz. He also won the Australian Open mixed doubles title that year with his partner, Margaret Court.

Off the court, Smith is perhaps best known for his signature Adidas sneakers, the Stan Smiths, which he wore during his playing career. The shoes remain popular today and have become a fashion icon.

After retiring from professional tennis in 1985, Smith became a successful coach and tennis administrator. He was the captain of the United States Davis Cup team from 2004 to 2010 and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987.

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