Watches at Wimbledon 2014: Who Wears What


Wimbledon 2014 rolls on, and, as many watch aficionados and tennis fans know, some of the tournament’s biggest stars are also “brand ambassadors” for some watch brand or other. So which watch will we see on the wrist of the eventual men’s and ladies’ Wimbledon champs at the trophy presentation this year? We don’t know yet, but here’s a primer on which tennis players wear which timepieces.

Swiss maestro Roger Federer, he of the record-breaking 17 Grand Slam titles, grew up in Basel, home to the world’s biggest watch fair. He’s also a discerning watch fan himself, and has been an ambassador for Rolex for several years, wearing a distinctive Rolex watch on many of the occasions he has hoisted a tournament-winning trophy. Lately, he has been partial to a platinum Cosmograph Daytona. Click here for details on the watch.

Roger Federer (above) and his Rolex Cosmograph Daytona (below)

Spanish star and master of the clay courts Rafael Nadal not only dons a Richard Mille watch when he hoists the championship trophy; he also, somewhat famously, wears one while he plays. The Swiss brand has created several personalized watches for Nadal, the most recent being the RM 27-01 Rafael Nadal, a limited edition of 50 pieces with a manual-wind tourbillon movement that has a grade 5 titanium baseplate and aluminum-lithium bridges. The case is made of an impact-resistant anthracite polymer with carbon nanotubes.

Rafael Nadal (above) and his Richard Mille RM 27-01 watch (below)

Russia’s Maria Sharapova completed a career Grand Slam in 2012 when she won that year’s French Open, and won the clay court tournament again this year, her fifth Grand Slam title overall. She has been an ambassador for Swiss sports-watch specialist TAG Heuer since 2007 and even contributed to the design of the recent TAG Heuer Formula 1 ladies’ model. According to the TAG Heuer website, Sharapova’s current favorite TAG watch is the TAG Heuer Formula 1 Steel and Ceramic Diamonds 37 mm, which has a steel case and ceramic bezel inlay surrounded by 60 diamonds, a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and an easy-grip screw-down crown.

Maria Sharapova (above) and her TAG Heuer Formula 1 Steel & Ceramic Diamonds watch

Novak Djokovic, the jovial Serbian who has won six Grand Slam titles, recently began a partnership with Seiko after several years as an ambassador for Audemars Piguet. Djokovic’s favorite Seiko watch is the new Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph (read about the watch here), and Seiko has recently announced that it is releasing an all-new Novak Djokovic Limited Edition version of that watch, to coincide with the official start of its partnership with the athlete in September. The watch has an all-new caliber that includes not only the Seiko Astron’s innovative GPS technology that enables it to adjust to every time zone on Earth with the push of a button, but also a six-hour chronograph. The Seiko Astron GPS Solar Chronograph Novak Djokovic Limited Edition has a rose-gold-tone steel case and a black ceramic bezel; the caseback carries Djokovic’s signature and a serial number.

Novak Djokovic has partnered with Seiko (above), after a stint with Audemars Piguet (below)

The Seiko Novak Djokovic Astron GPS Solar Chronograph (above) features a caseback engraved with Novak Djokovic’s signature (below)

One might say that Rado watches have been good luck charms for Scotland’s Andy Murray: he won his very first Wimbledon championship last year, shortly after partnering with the brand, ending Great Britain’s 77-year drought without a men’s title in that Grand Slam tournament. Murray wears watches from the Rado Hyperchrome Court collection, which is inspired by tennis. The three models each represent a different tennis playing surface, with blue highlights to represent the hard courts of the Australian Open and U.S. Open, orange for the clay courts of the French Open, and green (pictured) for the grass courts of Wimbledon.

Andy Murray (above) and his Rado HyperChrome Court (below)

Two-time Australian Open champ and former World-ranked Number 1 player Victoria Azarenka from Belarus exited this year’s Wimbledon in the second round, but she’ll be looking to bounce back at the U.S. Open, where she’ll attempt to hoist the ladies’ trophy while sporting one of her chosen timepieces from the Citizen Eco-Drive collection. Among these is the Citizen Ceramic Diamond Chronograph, which features the famous “powered by light” Citizen Eco-Drive technology and sports eight diamonds on the dial and 24 diamonds on the bezel. Citizen Watch Co. has, in fact, been the official timekeeper for the U.S, Open, the final event on tennis’s Grand Slam schedule, for more than 20 years.

Above: Victoria Azarenka with Citizen Watch Co. of America president Jeff Cohen. Below: the Citizen Eco-Drive Ceramic Diamond Chronograph.


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