For almost four decades, Rolex has enjoyed unique ties with Australia. The players arrive in Melbourne to start the year refreshed from their break, eager to lay down a marker for the season ahead at the year’s first Grand Slam® tournament.
Roger Federer has triumphed six times at Rod Laver Arena, the centre court named after the Australian legend who won his national title three times and inspired generations of players to push the boundaries in their quest for constant improvement and lasting excellence. For two decades, the Swiss Maestro has delighted the crowds down under with his elegance and technical precision while setting the benchmark for future generations of players with his enduring excellence and unfailing sportsmanship.
The Australian Open looms large in the burgeoning career of Stéfanos Tsitsipás. In 2019, aged just 20, he reached the semi-finals, beating his idol Roger Federer in the fourth round. He went to break into the world top 10, becoming the highest-ranked Greek player in history and finished the season strongly by winning the Nitto ATP Finals. The following year he reached the semi-finals at Roland-Garros. Tsitsipás is one of the new breed of young champions constantly seeking to improve their game and ready to inherit the mantle of excellence forged by previous generations of tennis legends.
China’s Li Na has been a trailblazer for tennis in Asia for two decades. In retirement she continues to inspire the region’s next generation of champions, following a decorated career that included two Grand Slam® singles titles: Roland-Garros in 2011 and the 2014 Australian Open, where she was a finalist also in 2011 and 2013. Among her many achievements, Li won nine WTA Tour singles titles and reached a career-high ranking of World No. 2. In 2019, she became the first Asian-born player inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
For Caroline Wozniacki, Melbourne is a special place. It was here at the 2018 Australian Open that she was rewarded with a first Grand Slam® title, and where she decided to draw the curtain on a decorated career following the 2020 tournament. The Dane’s sustained excellence over more than a decade has been an inspiration to younger players. A two-time US Open finalist, the breakthrough at Rod Laver Arena followed triumph three months earlier at the 2017 WTA Finals and enabled her to reclaim the World No. 1 ranking she held at the end of 2010 and 2011.
The Rolex Datejust is the classic watch of reference, thanks to its timeless aesthetics and precision. This dynamic and instantly recognizable timepiece captures the spirit of the Australian Open, which marks the start of the new tennis season.