Tennis stars and the watches they wear

Spotted Federer’s Rolex from the 2017 Australian Open Final? Here are a few more.

Meryl D'Souza January 30, 2017

Yesterday, the world took a breather from talking about politics – Donald Trump’s antics, to be specific – and instead marvelled at Roger Federer’s historic win against Rafael Nadal at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.

This was the 35-year-old's first tournament following a six-month injury layoff and his third successive five-setter. With this Australian Open win Federer reaches 18 major titles, four more than Nadal, cementing his place as the all-time great. To make the occasion even more special, the final was Federer’s 100th match in Melbourne. Emotions were high and Federer was in tears after collecting his trophy; let’s be honest, who wasn’t? 

It’s surprising how much players need to keep in mind when they’re highly charged after a match like yesterday's. Before collecting himself to deliver an emotional and heart-warming speech, praising Nadal, thanking organisers and his fans, the first thing Federer did was to reach inside his racquet bag and pull out his watch: a Rolex GMT-Master II BLNR (bleu/noir). 

Federer has been a long-time ambassador of Rolex and the Swiss luxury brand was promoting the GMT-Master II heavily at the Australian Open. The call probably came from above - "Fed, strap on the Batman (the watch's nickname) as soon as you've won". But when you're the G.O.A.T. you need to live up to the hype in all of life's aspects, and one of the best GMT sport watches on the market is a perfect timepiece for the great man. 

Of course, he isn’t the only tennis player to don a striking timepiece after a match. Here are five others: 

Rafael Nadal
Watch: Richard Mille RM 27-02

Not everybody has Richard Mille custom-made watches that are not only lightweight but also take into consideration your style of play. The 14-time major winner prefers wearing his RM 27-02 on his right hand while playing, but switches it to his left for presentation ceremonies. As far as Richard Mille goes, they're not adverse to more extreme sporting partnerships.

Novak Djokovic
Watch: Seiko Astron GPS Solar Novak Djokovic Limited Edition

Towards the end of 2013 Djokovic switched from Audemars Piguet to Seiko. Serbia's favourite son doesn’t wear his watch during matches, slipping it on as soon as he's finished, inevitably to lift yet another trophy. 

Andy Murray
Watch: Rado HyperChrome Court Collection

Once a Rado brand ambassador, the Brit would wear his Rado HyperChrome Court Collection to practice every day but refuses to wear one during matches. Murray isn’t on the Rado website anymore though; we imagine him momentarily misplacing his Rado D-Star 200 at the 2012 US Open and accidentally revealing he doesn’t wear the watch regularly had something to do with that.

Stanislas Wawrinka
Watch: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore chronograph

In 2015, Wawrinka denied Novak Djokovic a calendar year Grand Slam by winning the French Open. Last year, he proved to be Djokovic’s hoodoo opponent yet again as he won the US Open to deny the Serbian three Grand Slam victories in successive years. The whole while, Wawrinka sported an AP Royal Oak Offshore chronograph – the very one Djokovic used to wear. 

Grigor Dimitrov
Watch: Rolex Explorer II

He may still need some time to live up to his “Baby Fed” nickname – good luck trying, kid – but it’s good to see the Bulgarian doing his best to emulate Federer wherever he can. The 25-year-old was seen sporting a Rolex Explorer II at the presentation ceremony after winning the Brisbane International 2017.