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neptuneslims
May 10th, 2006, 10:42 AM
What's the oddest or most unusual product a player/players have endorsed?

I remember the Williams sisters endorsed Wrigleys, and Lindsay endorsed Rolex.. both seem a little random to me. Have there been any other non-tennis type endorsements?

Rising Sun
May 10th, 2006, 10:52 AM
Liz Smylie endorsing Wrigleys. :tape:

samn
May 10th, 2006, 02:29 PM
I haven't seen it, but someone once mentioned on rst that Chris Evert's sister, Jeanne, did a commercial for American Express in which she had to say something like, "My sister has made a fortune with her serve...... For the rest of us there's American Express." (The bit about Chrissie making a fortune with her serve would be hysterical to anyone who ever saw her serve.)

Marcell
May 10th, 2006, 02:42 PM
The wrigleys commercial was not that unusual in the sense that they usually talk about doubling your pleasure to emphasize the fact that you get twice the pleasure from the gum. With Venus and Serena you not only get to see one play but you double the pleasure by seeing both.

tenn_ace
May 10th, 2006, 02:47 PM
endorsing McDonald's is not strange - it should be a crime...

neptuneslims
May 11th, 2006, 09:46 AM
endorsing McDonald's is not strange - it should be a crime...

Who endorsed McDonalds??

xtooL
May 11th, 2006, 10:04 AM
martina endorsing ovens..

Vass22
May 11th, 2006, 10:16 AM
this is not really women's tennis, but the most hilarious endorsement by a play waqs Mikhail Youzhny's endorsement of chupa-chups.

star84
May 11th, 2006, 02:05 PM
Mikhail Youzhny's endorsement of chupa-chups.


Or Lleyton and Sorbent toilet paper :lol:

AsGoodAsNew
May 11th, 2006, 02:16 PM
Not that long ago they all endorsed ciggies - Virigina Slims!!

Rollo
May 11th, 2006, 02:19 PM
The wrigleys commercial was not that unusual in the sense that they usually talk about doubling your pleasure to emphasize the fact that you get twice the pleasure from the gum. With Venus and Serena you not only get to see one play but you double the pleasure by seeing both.


I thought the sisters were PERFECT for Wrigleys with the "double your pleasure" theme:)

samn
May 11th, 2006, 02:23 PM
Oh, and not to forget Martina Navratilova doing a commercial for SUVs a while ago. It was a bit strange; one minute she'd probably be talking about the environment and chastising people for not doing enough to protect it, and the next minute she'd be advertising the use of those gas guzzlers. In her defence, Navratilova never had the kind of endorsements she should have when she was the #1 player, so maybe we should excuse her for that temporary lapse in judgment.

griffin
May 11th, 2006, 02:38 PM
Jennifer Capriati, as a 16 year-old, endorsing Oil of Olay. It just struck me as totally ridiculous to have a product that promise to help women keep their skin "looking young" being hyped by someone who's skin WAS young.

Helen Lawson
May 11th, 2006, 02:43 PM
I'd endorse cat litter if the money was right.

mauresmofan
May 11th, 2006, 02:46 PM
Jennifer Capriati, as a 16 year-old, endorsing Oil of Olay. It just struck me as totally ridiculous to have a product that promise to help women keep their skin "looking young" being hyped by someone who's skin WAS young.

Ah yes - they were the days when Oil of Olay was called Oil of Ulay and when Cif was known as Jif!

ico4498
May 11th, 2006, 03:10 PM
Or Lleyton and Sorbent toilet paper :lol:

i can make the connection 'tween Lleyton and tp.

A'DAM
May 11th, 2006, 03:15 PM
Williams Sisters and McDonald's :retard:

tenn_ace
May 11th, 2006, 03:16 PM
Who endorsed McDonalds??

from tennis players I know only of Williams sisters, but there are other ones: Kobe Bryant, Carl Lewis, Macy Gray, Bob Greene (Oprah Winfrey's personal trainer)...

That's what I call selling a soul for couple of bucks... :rolleyes:

canuckfan
May 11th, 2006, 03:37 PM
from tennis players I know only of Williams sisters, but there are other ones: Kobe Bryant, Carl Lewis, Macy Gray, Bob Greene (Oprah Winfrey's personal trainer)...

That's what I call selling a soul for couple of bucks... :rolleyes:

Well it's your opinion. Nobody forces you to eat there. But 90% of the population «is loving it». So it can't be that bad...

Fantastic
May 11th, 2006, 04:09 PM
I love the sound of the Chupa-Chups one. I can just imagine a full-bodied picture of an excited Mikhail Youzhny on a poster with the lollipop in one hand and his hips aggressively thrust out towards the camera with the words, "SUCK ON THIS!" scrawled across it. :lol:

SelesFan70
May 11th, 2006, 04:12 PM
Oh, and not to forget Martina Navratilova doing a commercial for SUVs a while ago. It was a bit strange; one minute she'd probably be talking about the environment and chastising people for not doing enough to protect it, and the next minute she'd be advertising the use of those gas guzzlers. In her defence, Navratilova never had the kind of endorsements she should have when she was the #1 player, so maybe we should excuse her for that temporary lapse in judgment.

Money talks, utopian ideas don't... :D

Princess Fiona
May 11th, 2006, 04:21 PM
Am I correct in thinking...

Anke Huber - Milchschnitte? ;)

(Anke was my big favourite and the fact that she had that chocolate endorsement... How good can it get, huh... *sigh* ;) )

tenn_ace
May 11th, 2006, 04:32 PM
Well it's your opinion. Nobody forces you to eat there. But 90% of the population «is loving it». So it can't be that bad...

"90% of the population" based on what? :p

and "loving it" crap is according to McDonald's, who forgets to add how unhealthy it is to the "loving it" line. :rolleyes:

I don't eat it, but the endorsing doesn't target adults, it targets kids - that's why it is a crime IMO

canuckfan
May 11th, 2006, 06:41 PM
"90% of the population" based on what? :p

and "loving it" crap is according to McDonald's, who forgets to add how unhealthy it is to the "loving it" line. :rolleyes:

I don't eat it, but the endorsing doesn't target adults, it targets kids - that's why it is a crime IMO

You can put a lot of other companies in the same boat. Eating froot loops cereals every day is a bad as eating McDonald once or twice a week. Caldbury eggs are full of fat and sugar. And drinking much of the «fruit juices» on the supermarket shelves is like eating white sugar by spoon. But the thing is, everybody has the choice to eat it or not. And the parents have the responsability of making that choice for their children.

The goal of McDonald is to make money (like every private companies). To accomplish that goal, they sell food that tastes real good, but that is really unhealthy. But they sell it, they don't put it in your mouth.

McDonald putting bad food in your mouth = evil
McDonald selling bad food = just doing their job (like Pizza Hut, Dairy Queen, Wendies, Burger King, Domino Pizza, Krispy Kreme, and thousands of other restaurants)

AsGoodAsNew
May 11th, 2006, 06:47 PM
"90% of the population" based on what? :p

and "loving it" crap is according to McDonald's, who forgets to add how unhealthy it is to the "loving it" line. :rolleyes:

I don't eat it, but the endorsing doesn't target adults, it targets kids - that's why it is a crime IMO
I agree. They put chalk in their milk shakes!

But imagine you are offered a cheque for say $10million for 30 seconds of work to say to a camera, ooh, I just love Big Macs. Would I resist? Nah, let the suckers get fat, I'm rich!

Sandra.P
May 11th, 2006, 06:52 PM
martina endorsing ovens..

Oh yeah I remember that! She was so bad in that commercial :lol:

I think it was for V-Zug right?

tenn_ace
May 11th, 2006, 06:58 PM
You can put a lot of other companies in the same boat. Eating froot loops cereals every day is a bad as eating McDonald once or twice a week. Caldbury eggs are full of fat and sugar. And drinking much of the «fruit juices» on the supermarket shelves is like eating white sugar by spoon. But the thing is, everybody has the choice to eat it or not. And the parents have the responsability of making that choice for their children.

The goal of McDonald is to make money (like every private companies). To accomplish that goal, they sell food that tastes real good, but that is really unhealthy. But they sell it, they don't put it in your mouth.

McDonald putting bad food in your mouth = evil
McDonald selling bad food = just doing their job (like Pizza Hut, Dairy Queen, Wendies, Burger King, Domino Pizza, Krispy Kreme, and thousands of other restaurants)

True, but name me another company that markets its crap to kids so persistently. (and uses so many sports stars, which makes it even worse as it creates a completely perverted and wrong impression in kids)

Helen Lawson
May 11th, 2006, 07:03 PM
Martina's SUV ads were for Suburu (at least those are the only ones I saw). Those aren't like gas guzzlers, they get great mileage, better than most mid-sized sedans even. She's not out hawking Hummers or something.

canuckfan
May 11th, 2006, 07:05 PM
True, but name me another company that markets its crap to kids so persistently. (and uses so many sports stars, which makes it even worse as it creates a completely perverted and wrong impression in kids)

I agree on that. McDonald targets the kids really hard, and they are vulnerable consummers. Wich is why a good health education by the parents is key.

MrSerenaWilliams
May 11th, 2006, 07:09 PM
I love the sound of the Chupa-Chups one. I can just imagine a full-bodied picture of an excited Mikhail Youzhny on a poster with the lollipop in one hand and his hips aggressively thrust out towards the camera with the words, "SUCK ON THIS!" scrawled across it. :lol:
:spit::hehehe::rolls:LOVE IT!

QUEENLINDSAY
May 11th, 2006, 07:40 PM
Endorsing Mc Donalds by an athlete is definitely ridiculous!

MrSerenaWilliams
May 11th, 2006, 08:10 PM
No....I have the definative one. Serena endorsing the menstrual migrane medicine. But ok for all of you that say Mc Donalds is a bad endorsement....no it isn't. McDonald's isn't just about deathly unhealthy food. They are a GLOBAL empire, and they do lots of good things. Roland McDonald Charities is one the world's biggest philanthropic organizations around and the be affiliated with that is an honor for anyone.

mauresmofan
May 11th, 2006, 08:27 PM
Does Ronald McDonald remind anyone else of a scarily demented pedophilic clown?

tenn_ace
May 11th, 2006, 08:29 PM
No....I have the definative one. Serena endorsing the menstrual migrane medicine. But ok for all of you that say Mc Donalds is a bad endorsement....no it isn't. McDonald's isn't just about deathly unhealthy food. They are a GLOBAL empire, and they do lots of good things. Roland McDonald Charities is one the world's biggest philanthropic organizations around and the be affiliated with that is an honor for anyone.

and the mission of McD: first we'll give you a heart desease and then we'll give money for the funeral ... :p

A'DAM
May 11th, 2006, 08:38 PM
No....I have the definative one. Serena endorsing the menstrual migrane medicine. But ok for all of you that say Mc Donalds is a bad endorsement....no it isn't. McDonald's isn't just about deathly unhealthy food. They are a GLOBAL empire, and they do lots of good things. Roland McDonald Charities is one the world's biggest philanthropic organizations around and the be affiliated with that is an honor for anyone.

Please!!! Even you don't really belive in what you have written :tape:

griffin
May 11th, 2006, 08:49 PM
I have the definative one. Serena endorsing the menstrual migrane medicine.

Strange? As one of Serena's fellow migraine sufferers, that one makes perfect sense to me.


Better McD's than cigarettes, imo.

tenn_ace
May 11th, 2006, 09:05 PM
Better McD's than cigarettes, imo.

I don't think that is even allowed by WTA

griffin
May 11th, 2006, 09:14 PM
I don't think that is even allowed by WTA

Not anymore.

GoDominique
May 11th, 2006, 09:19 PM
Steffi's Barilla endorsement was quite funny early on - "the beginning of a boiling passion". :lol:

darrinbaker00
May 11th, 2006, 09:30 PM
Better McD's than cigarettes, imo.
Not that long ago they all endorsed ciggies - Virigina Slims!!
Just because Virginia Slims sponsored the tour doesn't mean that the players endorsed Virginia Slims or promoted smoking in general. If that were the case, I would think that Sony Ericsson would ban Maria Sharapova from playing because she's under contract with one of their competitors, Motorola. Granted, none of the players back then spoke out against smoking, but that doesn't necessarily mean they endorsed it.

pcrtennis
May 11th, 2006, 09:45 PM
Ai Sugiyama has done commercials for Japanese Beer. I thought that was funny.

griffin
May 11th, 2006, 09:46 PM
Just because Virginia Slims sponsored the tour doesn't mean that the players endorsed Virginia Slims or promoted smoking in general.

I beg to differ. Whether they intended to or not, whether they cared or not, playing tournaments - playing on an entire tour - under the banner of a tobacco company that was aggressively targeting women was in fact promoting Virginia Slims.

I understand our sensibilities have changed, and that this was a complicated issue: because I agree that without Virginia Slims the tour would be decades behind where it is now as there really was no other company willing to bankroll the tour early on. In fact, when the tour and Melanoma Slims did part ways, the tour had a hard time finding a reliable title sponsor. But let's not whitewash the issue, either.

MisterQ
May 11th, 2006, 09:50 PM
Jennifer Capriati, as a 16 year-old, endorsing Oil of Olay. It just struck me as totally ridiculous to have a product that promise to help women keep their skin "looking young" being hyped by someone who's skin WAS young.

Yes, that was completely bizarre!

Here's one of the ads:

http://www.stevelamoureux.com/jennifer.htm

!<blocparty>!
May 11th, 2006, 09:53 PM
Athletes who endorse fast food chains like Mcdonald's/BK etc. has always seemed strange to me.

raquel
May 11th, 2006, 10:03 PM
Jennifer Capriati, as a 16 year-old, endorsing Oil of Olay. It just struck me as totally ridiculous to have a product that promise to help women keep their skin "looking young" being hyped by someone who's skin WAS young.
I remember reading the Oil of Olay people got a bit panicked when a few months later Capriati, like a lot of teenagers, started getting bad acne outbreaks. Not a good advert.

wolfgang
May 12th, 2006, 03:33 AM
Martinia Hingis endorsing the Tanita body fat monitor/scales. :)