As the first Grand Slam® tournament of the year, the Australian Open holds a special place in the tennis calendar. The players, relaxed and rejuvenated after their break, reconvene in Melbourne each January for an event dubbed the “Happy Slam” by Roger Federer. The Swiss maestro 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 Roger Federer, the Australian Open is a joyous occasion, the “Happy Slam”. After a refreshing break, the Swiss maestro arrives in Melbourne for the year’s first Grand Slam® tournament raring to go. “You get here and are happy to play again,” says Federer, who won the first of his six men’s singles titles in 2004. For two decades, he 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. Six weeks later, he broke into the world top 10, becoming the highest-ranked Greek player in history. He also finished the season strongly by winning the Nitto ATP Finals, the biggest title of his career to date. 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, Na 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, the so-called Happy Slam whose perennially sunny, vibrant atmosphere unmistakably heralds the start of the new tennis season.