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The best tennis mustaches of all time

Posted on November 28, 2012 in Miscellaneous

Playtester Spencer and I with our Movember mustaches in full display

In honor of the great month of Movember, I wanted to take a look at the greatest mustaches to ever grace the tennis world. Here are some of my favorites that we can only hope to look half as good as…

John Newcombe
Maybe the godfather of the “mustaches in tennis” family, John carried the Australian flag and dominated men’s tennis in the late 60s and early 70s. His powerful serve and volley game propelled him to 26 Grand Slam titles, including 7 major singles titles. He was an Australian tennis legend, but here’s another fun fact about maybe the most famous tennis mustache of all time…according to an article by the UK newspaper The Telegraph, he was revealed to be in the car with former president George W. Bush the night that Bush was charged with a DUI in Maine in 1976.

Photo from Robbie Mendelson

Stan Smith
As a two-time Grand Slam singles champion in the early 70s, he was a rival of John Newcombe not only for his on-court success, but for his successful facial hair growth as well. He also had a very successful Davis Cup career, winning the illustrious crown eight times for the United States. However, his Davis Cup career didn’t start as well as you might expect…he was rejected from being a ball boy as a kid for a Davis Cup match because event organizers thought he was “too clumsy and uncoordinated”.


Photo from Bobby Voicu

Ion Tiriac
Former professional tennis AND ice hockey player, Tiriac went on to become a successful businessman, and I assume he would attribute most of his business success to his fantastic mustache. He played on the Romanian Olympic ice hockey team in 1964, and then shortly thereafter switched to tennis as his main sport, where he teamed up with countryman Ilie Nastase to win the French Open men’s doubles title in 1970. Currently, he’s best known for running the Madrid Open, where he introduced a new blue clay surface for 2012 to make the tennis more visually    appealing to spectators.

Photo from tennis.com


Marat Safin
The talented Russian is the most modern tennis player to sport the mustache, among many other facial hair designs during his career. His man-tastic display was not as robust as his predecessors, but arguably just as stylish. He won two major singles titles, but was maybe most known for his emotional outbursts and racquet throwing antics. Currently, Marat is a member of the Russian Parliament.



Much respect goes out to all of you out there who have grown a mustache for this great month of Movember. It’s important to remember that this is all for a good cause, to raise awareness for men’s health issues. Click here to learn more about Movember and to donate money for research towards better treatments and cures for men’s health issues.

Thanks for reading!



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