Roger Federer loves a good Rolex, and Rafa's crazy about Richard Mille. Who cares about winning the game - we're here for the players with the best watches. With exquisite timepieces such as the GMT-Master II and the Yachtmaster, It is no wonder that the best only wear the best.
It's the biggest sporting event of the summer, with competitors from across the globe coming together to decide once and for all who is the best...tennis player. We are of course talking about the All England Club Championships at Wimbledon, which might be overshadowed by the World Cup this year, but things are no less exciting than ever.
Some fans will be looking forward to the long-awaited return of Serena Williams, or anxious about Federer's chances of keeping the crown, but here at Chronext, we're mainly interested in what the champions are using to tell the time. After all, the name "Rolex" is always prominent on the scoreboard in footage of Wimbledon games, as the Swiss firm has been the event's Official Timekeeper since 1978.
So what watches are the players wearing? As we like to say about the great sport of tennis, it's all in the wrist....
We begin, of course, with the peerless RF. The number one seed is arguably the most renowned Swiss export after watches and chocolate, and while he made headlines for a new clothing deal with Uniqulo this year, his ambassadorship for Rolex seems likely to last forever. It's the perfect fit for a player renowned for his unflappable precision. Federer is best known for the Datejust II he wore lifting the Wimbledon champion's trophy in 2009, but he's also been seen with magnificent Daytonas and GMT Master IIs.
The US superstar is back at Wimbledon this year after missing the 2017 tournament due to pregnancy. We are expecting great performance from Williams who has been ranked world No. 1 in singles on eight separate occasions, all whilst donning the stunning Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore which she wears on and off court. An AP brand ambassador, she has also been spotted with a lovely Millenary.
He might not get the same attention as the Nadals and the Federers, but del Potro is currently world number four and some commentators pegged him for great things this year. The Argentine's watch of choice seems to be several rather fine Datejust II models, including the so-called "Wimbledon" version. Maybe it's Roger's influence, but tennis has always been a classy sport and the sophistication of a classic Rolex is hard to beat.
Bulgaria's greatest tennis hero, Dimitrov enjoyed his highest ever seeding at Wimbledon this year (number 6) before losing in the first round to the mighty Stan Wawrinka. Another Rolex man, Dimitrov is known for a striking gold Yacht-Master with a rubber strap, but he's also fond of his equally on-point Explorer II.
Probably the best Japanese player in the men's game of all time, Nishikori's career highlights include defeating Nadal to win a bronze at Rio 2016, and coming runner up at the US open in 2014 - the first Asian man to reach the final of a Grand Slam. He is also a TAG Heuer brand ambassador, and is often seen on court with a durable and lightweight Professional Golf watch - the very timepiece designed by another ambassador, Tiger Woods, before he was dropped for obvious reasons.
A young up-and-comer, Ćorić was just 21 at the start of July when he came to Wimbledon ranked an impressive 20th in the world and seeded 16th. Unfortunately his lack of experience proved critical as he went out in the first round, but many observers expect great things of the latest prodigy from Croatia. Among his supporters is the LVMH king of bombast, Hublot, which he has already signed as a sponsor. He wears a Big Bang Unico, which makes as much of a statement on his wrist as he does on court.
Nadal led the way in tennis partnerships with next-generation watch technology after he signed with boutique uberbrand Richard Mille. The Spaniard has co-designed several timepieces with the company, built to his exact specifications for on-court requirements, boasting incredible technologies to enhance durability and reduce weight. Want one? They cost up to $800,000. Nadal goes into Wimbledon this year ranked number one in the world, fresh from yet another French Open win.
These are far from the only competitors with interesting watch collections, of course - tennis is a gentleman's sport after all! We can't wait to see if we can spot any other great timepieces before the competition ends.
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