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Ivan Lendl took home the top prize—and the $635,000 purse. Though John McEnroe lost in straight sets, he kept his cool Photographs by Lucas Zarebinski for Bloomberg Businessweek (t-shirt); Don Hogan Charles/The New York Times/Redux (court); Getty Images (Lendl); Ron Galella/WireImage/Getty Images (McEnroe)

Life was good for the traders and bankers who worked for newly merged Shearson Lehman Brothers Holdings in 1985, a year after the brokerage Shearson/American Express bought the Wall Street firm Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb for $360 million. The Dow was in the third year of an unprecedented rally that would carry it above 2500. That same year, the company celebrated a massive relocation to Manhattan’s World Financial Center, assuming a quarter of the space in a tower described then as “a building for the 21st century.” With business booming, Shearson Lehman began hosting extravagant corporate events, and none more over-the-top than the Tournament of Champions in Forest Hills, Queens, at the former home of the U.S. Open.

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