The temperature is up (well, every few days or so), holidays are tentatively being booked and that can only mean one thing - Wimbledon is back! After a year off, the tournament will run from 28th June to the 11th of July. I don’t know about you, but the return of professional sport has been massive for joy and moral. With an incredible weekend of gold at the US Open, let’s hope for some close matches on centre court!
The championships are part of the government's Event Research Programme, which means they will operate at 50% capacity across the grounds, building to full capacity crowds of 15,000 on Centre Court for the finals weekend. Under the scheme, fans must show proof of vaccination, a negative lateral flow test or evidence of antibodies from having the virus in the past six months to gain entry. But that’s a side note – you are here for the watches! We thought instead of covering just the current crop, we would dive into the archives! So here are 6 past winners and their watches – enjoy.
First up, Serena Williams. She is the only tennis player, male or female, to have won three of the four grand slams at least 6 times. Williams has won 14 Grand Slam doubles titles, all with her sister Venus, and the pair are unbeaten in Grand Slam doubles finals. Now we know she has a deal with AP, but we simply couldn’t not have her in! Spotted playing in a number of various watches (how did they convince her to do that?) – but prefers a smaller Royal Oak in various combinations.
John McEnroe, a legend of the game. Here is an old ad for Omega that John famously did – but it’s actually the pic with Björn Borg that we loved! Now it’s not clear which reference, but to me that’s a Rolex! I’m not a betting man – but I’d say it’s a black dial Air King…'You cannot be serious!' I hear you say.
The former Swiss champ Martina Hingis spent a total of 209 weeks as the singles world No. 1 and 90 weeks as doubles world No. 1, holding both No. 1 rankings simultaneously for 29 weeks. She had won three of the four majors by the age of just 17. Here she is rocking an unusual diamond bezel Omega.
Andre Agassi, if you don’t know him for his iconic mullet – you will for his tennis. He won Wimbledon in 1992. Here he is rocking a Longines Type A7. A bold choice but we love it.
2006 saw the Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo win. She was appointed Andy Murrays coach in 2014 and spotted wearing a larger sports Rolex (a great look) – I’m guessing a vintage Sub, that steel looks pre 904L to me.
Oh, and if anyone can tell us what Björn Borg is wearing in this pic of him on the beach – do let us know!
We can’t let you go without sharing some watch game from arguable the greatest Wimbledon champ of all time – Mr Roger Federer. A class act on and off the court, he has a fine collection of Rolex (his official sponsors). Here he is sporting an Everose Day-Date with gem-set hour markers and black dial. In 2018, following his wins at the Australian Open and U.S. Open, Roger was spotted during a press conference rocking another gold number, this time a Sky-Dweller – Rolex’s most complicated offer. Buckle up and get your Pimm’s out – it’s going to be a scorching weekend!