Winning the ATP Tour event in Munich is good.
Getting a sweet ride – a BMW i8 roadster – is even better.
The only condition is … you’ve got to put on the lederhosen.
Germany’s Alexander Zverev knows the drill.
With a 6-3, 6-3 victory over two-time champion Philipp Kohlschreiber Sunday, he repeated as champion.
That means two vehicles – and another pair of lederhosen.
(FYI – the retail price of the car starts at … $163,300 US. You can add a $2,500 brake package and $6,300 laser headlights. At that point, might as well, right?)
Zverev lost the first set he played on the week, to countryman Yannick Hanfmann. But he wasn’t troubled the rest of the way. His four victories included an impressive 7-5, 6-2 dispatching of fellow youngster Hyeon Chung of Korea.
This time, the white one
It’s pretty much a first-world problem to already have one major sports car, so the biggest concern is not getting another one in the same colour.
Seriously, isn’t that annoying?
A year ago, the merchant of speed was black.
Fashion-forward in München
If you thought they just stored away the lederhosen for a year until the next edition of the tournament, think again.
Zverev now boasts two pairs, similar, but not identical.
The best part is how the winner did the quick-change right on the court before thousands of fans, and tournament director Patrick Kuhnen peeking over the makeshift change room.
The new tradition of the lederhosen began in 2015, when Andy Murray (who’d probably fancy a kilt, to be honest) needed three hours to defeat Kohlschreiber 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 7-6 (7-4) to win his first career clay-court title at age 27.
It was also the first clay-court title by a Brit in nearly 40 years. So it was certainly worth a pair of lederhosen.
He doesn’t look embarrassed in the least. Then again, he has posed in this.
Kohlschreiber, who kind of looks a wee bit sheepish most of the time (that’s just his face), didn’t look sheepish at all when he posed for his trophy shot.
In fact, he looked very at home. He really could model in a lederhosen catalogue.
The legend of the lederhosen probably guarantees that Rafael Nadal will never play Munich.
NO chance he gets into those without splitting the seams .
But hmmmmm … Hold the phone.
Now, we’ll grant you it’s a small sample size. But it appears there are two different pairs of lederhosen. So they must rotate them.
But it appears they are indeed recycled.
You have to think they dry-clean them in between, right?
Next year, we suggest the full look – with suspenders. They’re on sale, too.