The U.S. Open started yesterday, inspiring Walter Iooss to pull together a selection of his tennis photos from the 1970s and ’80s. It’s especially fun to look at these images knowing that Andy Samberg impersonated some of these athletes for the New York Times Magazine cover story that Walter shot for Kathy Ryan, the magazine’s director of photography, and Stacey Baker, the associate photo editor.
“The great idea for the story came from the New York Times,” Walter tells me. “We shot at Pier 59. Andy [Samberg] made our life easy, as he was such a good actor and athlete. He did his homework and literally morphed into the players. Hair and makeup was from Saturday Night Live, and Susan Winget was our stylist. Every person involved in the shoot made it better. I have never had a job like this before. I love the cover.”
To read more about Walter’s Andy Samberg shoot, go here.
And now, back to the past. Herewith, 25 great vintage tennis photos from Walter’s archive…