Wimbledon, what is taken into account essentially the most prestigious tennis event on the earth is closing in on the boys’s quarterfinals and ladies’s semi-finals this week.
Three of the gamers making an attempt to seize the title additionally occur to be Rolex ambassadors together with essentially the most well-known participant on the earth and one of many highest paid, making $9M/yr with Rolex alone, Roger Federer. Together with Roger is Karen Khachanov, the #twenty fifth seed of the event, and Angelique Kerber, additionally the #twenty fifth seed.
Whereas all of those gamers have main endorsement offers, there’s one which stands above the remainder, Rolex. For the higher a part of the final half-century, Rolex has been a relentless presence within the sport, and the model presently sponsors all 4 Grand Slam tournaments, along with a few of the world’s prime skilled gamers.
With Rolex being each a sponsor of the event and plenty of the competing gamers, you’ll be able to assure that there might be plenty of Rolex watches in attendance, however which fashions do these champions put on?
Rolex partnered with Roger again in 2006 in what was one of many largest single endorsements for any skilled athlete on the time, a $15 million greenback 10-year contract. A ten-year contract is uncommon for sports activities stars even now, particularly when you think about how a participant’s profession can fluctuate and even collapse on account of damage.
That deal resulted in 2016 however the Federer Rolex contract was renewed in 2017, with Roger now incomes $9 million per yr from Rolex, and with no finish date reported it appears to be like as if he’s now a lifelong ambassador.
Roger Federer’s favourite Rolex watch and the one that’s most related to him is the 41mm Rolex Datejust II ref. 116334 fitted with a definite rhodium-colored dial that includes blue Arabic numerals.
In 2011 Kerber made it to the semi-final of the US Open however was defeated by Samantha Stosur. After 15 years, she was the primary German to succeed in the semi-finals of a Grand Slam. With a few of the winnings, she purchased her first Rolex. Not simply any random Rolex nonetheless! Angelique had chosen the Rolex Datejust 36 (Ref. 116234). After her hard-fought effort, she thought it was applicable to reward herself.
In 2019 Khachanov, 23, signed a partnership with Rolex and he has solely gotten higher! He’s presently ranked #29 on the earth and finds himself within the quarter-finals of Wimbledon 2021.
His alternative of Rolex is the GMT Master II “Rootbeer.” Designed to indicate the time in two completely different time zones concurrently, the GMT-Grasp, launched in 1955, was initially developed as a navigation instrument for professionals crisscrossing the globe.