A Perfect Match
Rolex and The Championships, Wimbledon
2017 Singles Champions
Roger Federer and Garbiñe Muguruza
Rolex is proud to support the 2017 Singles Champions, Roger Federer and Garbiñe Muguruza. Federer's straight-sets victory in last year's final clinched an unprecedented eighth Wimbledon crown, and the Swiss phenomenon has since extended his record total of Grand Slam® titles to 20. Muguruza's powerful and passionate style of play earned a maiden Wimbledon title and helped her claim the World No. 1 ranking for a period. It was the Spanish-Venezuelan's second Grand Slam® trophy, following her triumph at the French Open the previous year.
Rolex & Wimbledon
A Perfect Match
The partnership between Rolex and Wimbledon spans four decades, 2018 marking its 40th anniversary. Since 1978, Rolex has been the Official Timekeeper at a tournament where tradition and innovation are valued in equal measure, mirroring Rolex’s own ethos.
Both partners have continually evolved, embracing new technology to improve production and performance, while maintaining the traditions and methods that have made them great.
Rolex clocks keep the official time inside this historic venue, on court and throughout the grounds.
Wimbledon would not be Wimbledon without the prestigious grass courts and treasured traditions: the strawberries and cream, competitors dressed almost entirely in white, the politeness of players and spectators alike, the highly trained ball boys and girls, and the English garden setting, complete with climbing ivy. All combine to form Wimbledon’s unique, much-loved character.
Wimbledon, the only Grand Slam® tournament played on grass and where participants are required to wear predominantly white, is hosted by the exclusive All England Club in south-west London. While it has kept its original surface, the grass has been adapted to the modern game.
To ensure the precision play for which the tournament is renowned, Perennial Ryegrass has been scientifically chosen for its durability and speed underfoot. The lawns are relined on each court every year, and rolled and mowed to exactly 8 mm daily for the tournament.