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Rumanian Ilie Nastase was the first professional athlete to sign an endorsement contract with Adidas in 1972. He is the first male player to win a French Open title without dropping a set, 1973. He was considered the prankster of the tour, as he kept bringing his cheering bits into his game on the pitch.
The Romanian's rackets was donated to the Berlin Tennis Gallery by Otto Dobrounig, former site manager of adidas Marmoutier, Strasbourg.