Rolex celebrated their 40th year as the Official Timekeeper of The Championships, Wimbledon, marking an enduring alliance shaped by excellence at the summit of tennis.
This association between two prestigious classics – the leading Swiss luxury watch brand, and the pre-eminent grass court tournament in the tennis calendar, came about on a shared quest for precision and top performance in 1978. According to Rolex Testimonee, Roger Federer, “It’s wonderful that Rolex and Wimbledon have been partners for so long. They are both the perfect embodiment of prestige and top performance.”
Rolex clocks keep the official time inside the arena, on court and throughout the grounds. The Wimbledon media centre – an international hub – shows Rolex time in Wimbledon, Johannesburg, New York, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Shanghai, Tokyo and Melbourne, just a few of the major cities where the tournament is broadcasted live.
Today, Wimbledon is the world’s oldest tennis championship, steeped in a rich heritage that stretches back to 1877, when 22 tennis players competed in front of 200 spectators at the All England Club’s courts for the first-ever Gentlemen’s Singles Championship.
Roger Federer’s victory at Wimbledon 2017 brought a record eighth men’s singles title from 11 finals at the All England Club. His record-breaking triumph in the finals, earned him his second Grand Slam singles title in the 2017 season. Having said that, Roger Federer wasn’t the only Rolex Testimonee who shone bright at the Wimbledon. Garbiñe Muguruza, earned her place among the sport’s greatest players winning her second grand slam and her first at The Champions Wimbledon 2017 after defeating Venus Williams 7-5, 6-0 in the finals.
Every woman who wears a Rolex has a story. One of passion and adventure. A story of a pioneering spirit who has pushed back the limits of performance. These women epitomize the essence of Rolex since its very beginnings and what the Swiss luxury watchmaker stands for.
Rolex is a leading supporter of tennis, with a commitment that extends across the men’s and women’s game to high-quality events and exciting talent. Each year, new champions emerge at The Championships, Wimbledon, and sporting history is made as the game soars to new heights of excellence.