Wimbledon 2016 is drawing to its final few days and each year more professional tennis players show off high-end wrist watches. We do enjoy seeing which players have stepped up their wrist game each year!
The Championships so far has provided us with a lot to talk about already. The great British weather meant that there was a whole Sunday’s worth of play at Wimbledon, which was only the fourth time in the tournament’s 130 year history. In addition, Novak Djokovic, the world No1 and defending champion, was knocked out of after losing to Sam Querrey. What a shocker!
The world’s most famous tennis fortnight has more than a century of distinguished traditions. Wimbledon stands the test of time, just like Rolex. There has been a long partnership between Rolex and tennis which dates back to 1978, when Rolex became the "Official Timekeeper" of the Championships, Wimbledon. This particular date marks the beginning of two partners driven by the same pursuit of excellence.
Yesterday, seven-time champion Roger Federer came back from two sets down, sending him through to Wimbledon semi-finals. Federer is one of the greatest tennis players of all time, holding the record for most titles at Wimbledon.
Swiss born Federer loves his Rolex watches. He recalls the special moment in 2009 when he won the French Open for the first time and was on his way to Wimbledon:
“When I was finally able to lift the trophy, I was wearing my Rolex on my wrist… every time I put on my Rolex, it reminds me of those great moments. It also reminds me that if you do not work hard, somebody else will, and they eventually will pass you. So you’ve got to be tough and even ruthless to some extent, but always be fair and play with style”.
We couldn’t agree more with Federer and we think the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust II is perfect for a spot of tennis this summer. The Datejust ref. 116334 41mm is the modern archetype of the classic watch, and is one of the most recognised luxury watches. The combination of 904L steel and 18 ct white gold ensures the best possible strength and reliability.
Federer has collaborated with Rolex from an early stage in his career and we think they suit him very well. It only makes sense that he was recently coined the world’s most marketable sports star!
Rolex collaborates with more tennis players than any other watch brand. Whilst they may not show them off during play, once off the court the watches go on! Jo-Wilfried Tsonga may have lost to Andy Murray yesterday, but he is a definite crowd favourite. He is known to defy odds and certainly has got the world's attention.
Tsonga styled his two-tone Rolex Datejust with a green dial very well for his photo shoot with GQ France. Whilst sports watches are practical for many tennis players, they do have to look fashionable too! As an ambassador, Tsonga seems to enjoy showing off many watches in his collection!
Andy Murray still seems to be a firm favourite to win, but nothing will shock us this year! We can't wait to see the choice of watch the champion will wear lifting that well-deserved trophy!
Don't worry we have not forgotten about the amazing female tennis players at Wimbledon. We will be checking out the wonderful watches they favoured next week...