Wimbledon is the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, dating back to 1877. In 1978, Rolex partnered with Wimbledon to become the “Official Timekeeper”, creating a dynamic partnership epitomized by the pursuit of excellence. 2017 marks the 140th anniversary of the esteemed tournament and the 39th anniversary of the Rolex and Wimbledon collaboration.
Roger Federer and Rolex
Since defeating Pete Sampras at Wimbledon in 2001, Roger Federer has earned the record for the most Grand Slam® singles titles won. This year at Wimbledon, Federer made history yet again when he won his 8th Wimbledon Championship title and 19th Grand Slam® title.
When Federer won the 2012 championship, he triumphantly held the Wimbledon trophy while sporting his Rolex Oyster Perpetual Platinum. Five years later, another championship title added to his name, Federer still wears his timeless Rolex. Why? In an interview, Federer explained:
“Every time I put on my Rolex, it reminds me of those great moments.”
His Rolex watches remind him to strive for excellence and uphold his values. He went on to say:
“If you do not work hard, somebody else will, and they eventually will pass you. So you’ve got to be tough and even ruthless to some extent, but always be fair and play with style. I think that’s really important.”
As evidenced by Federer, Rolex and Wimbledon support the pursuit of excellence in sport and style. Discover Roger Federer’s watch, the Oyster Perpetual Datejust II, and the entire Oyster Perpetual collection at the A.H. Riise Mall Rolex Boutique in St. Thomas.