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Since 1928, the tennis crème de la crème has gathered at this famous venue in Paris for a Grand Slam® tournament whose origins date back to 1891. The slow clay surface produces long, absorbing rallies and is a severe test of players’ physical and mental powers, requiring them to muster vast reserves of skill, patience and endurance.
Renowned for his composure, patience and ever-consistent groundstrokes, Björn Borg thrived on the clay of Roland-Garros where he claimed six singles titles between 1974 and 1981. The Swede won a total of 11 Grand Slam® crowns – his other five coming at Wimbledon between 1976 and 1980 – and was ranked end-of-year World No. 1 twice. But beyond the numbers, there is also a lasting legacy: Borg’s innovative style of playing from the baseline, adopting an unusual, for then, double-handed backhand and hitting with heavy top spin was a blueprint for the game we know today.
When Chris Evert retired in 1989 after a glorious 17-year professional career, she had appeared in more Grand Slam® singles finals (34) than any other player, winning 18 of them, including a record seven at Roland-Garros. The American was the epitome of grace under pressure, but her effortless style disguised a fierce determination. In 1995 she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Roland-Garros holds a special place in Garbiñe Muguruza’s heart as it was there, in 2016, that she claimed her first Grand Slam® singles title. A year later she added a second at The Championships, Wimbledon, and claimed the World No. 1 ranking. These prizes were just reward after her parents uprooted the family from Venezuela to Spain when she was just five years old to further her tennis development. Aware of their sacrifices, she toiled relentlessly to make them proud, turning professional in 2012 and entering the top 20 two years later. Her run to the 2020 Australian Open final was proof she remains a force in the women’s game.
Dominic Thiem is one of the world’s most formidable clay-court players. The Austrian’s patience, precision and reliability over long, gruelling rallies took him all the way to the men’s singles final at Roland-Garros in 2018 and 2019. His liking for the surface can also be seen in his trophy count: of his multiple ATP titles, more than half have been won on clay. After reaching the 2020 Australian Open final, Thiem broke through for his maiden Grand Slam® triumph at the US Open later in the year.
Designed to display two time zones simultaneously, the GMT-Master II is the watch of choice for international travellers. Recognized for its robustness and versatility, its performance resonates with the exacting demands of the Roland-Garros clay courts.