Legends of Time – Watches of Tennis Players1:14 pm
The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club: home to the oldest tennis tournament and arguably the most famous grand slam in the world, Wimbledon. A tournament that has been synonymous with tradition, performance and class. Be it the epic showdown between Agassi and Pete Sampras, display of emotions from John McEnroe, Cliff Richards entertaining the crowds during rain or the Nadal vs Federer final of 2008, the very thought of it will take you back in time to moments that changed the game forever. It’s where history is made every day for fourteen days. The white or almost all white dress code, which is still a compulsion for every player, the strong ties with the Royal family to name but a few; all of these little things have come together to preserve its place both in the pinnacle of British heritage and at the forefront of the tennis world. As a tribute to this great tournament, we have a look at the champions of Wimbledon and their trusted timepieces.
Roger is Wimbledon and Wimbledon is Roger. Having an all-time record of winning the prestigious title seven times – more than any other player the game has ever seen, the champ has dominated the turf for years. He’s been an admirer of watches and not many people know that he has a very limited collection of timepieces that are near and dear to him. One of them being Rolex Datejust:
Roger wore this timepiece while lifting his fifteenth Grand Slam, breaking the all-time grand slam record, reason enough for the watch to be close to his heart. His collection might be limited but he’s known to have only those timepieces that are significant to his life:
Call him controversial, call him fantastic, Andre Agassi has had a long and dominating career and is considered by critics and fans as the greatest player of all time. Among all his famous encounters, his duels with Sampras are unforgettable.
He won the Wimbledon title in 1992 and is known for helping to revive the popularity of tennis during the 90’s. The great man has been associated with a great watchmaker, who call him an “Ambassador of Elegance”. His favorite? The Longines Master Collection.
“Don’t crack under pressure” probably came into existence looking at Maria’s career. Despite an injury-prone tennis life, Sharapova has won at least one singles title a year from 2003 till date. Her claim to fame came in the year 2004 when she defied all odds to won the prized title at the age of 17! Ever since, Maria has been long associated with TAG Heuer as her official watch partner and one of her prized timepieces has always been the TAG Heuer Formula 1.
The man who ended the 77 year drought of an Englishman winning the coveted crown, Andy Murray at the age of 28 is already considered as the greatest tennis player of Great Britain. His distinctive playing style and unrivalled tactical intelligence has been admired by his fans and opponents alike.
As far as his watch is concerned, he’s never been shy of showcasing his Rado collection, on and off the court.
“The brand is all about edgy style and performance. Timing, precision and accuracy are vitally important for me, whether that relates to fitness drills, measuring my performance or striking a tennis ball.”
You heard it from the champ!
In Novak, we see someone who desires to be the best and who is determined to maintain his status as a leader. The fearless Serbian and defending champion for this year, Novak Djokovic isn’t a man who likes to compromise for the ultimate crown. Known as the “Djoker in the pack” in his early years, he’s anything but that today and is currently ranked no 1 in the world; holding that spot for a 153 weeks. On the other side of his hard core tennis life lies a man who wants to do well for those in need. His association with the Seiko group is beyond being the official ambassador.
Seiko also work really closely with his foundation for the well-being of children globally. His trusted timepiece-because we’ve seen it on his wrist many a time- is the Seiko Astron.
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Features Writer, The Watch Guide
Rahul is a watch and sports lover currently living in New Delhi. Having worked as a journalist and a copywriter previously, he is now thrilled to be a part of a team that loves, lives and breathes wristwatches. After joining Ethos and The Watch Guide team, his interest for the world of horology grew and is now completely and hopelessly hooked on watches.