This year marks the inauguration of Rolex’s special relationship with Roland-Garros as Premium Partner, Official Timekeeper and Official Watch. Since 1928, the tennis crème de la crème has gathered at this venue in Paris for the second of the four Grand Slam® tournaments, 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.
Roger Federer is one of the most accomplished sportsmen of his era and perhaps the greatest tennis player of all time, combining an excellence and elegance on and off the court that have earned him worldwide respect and admiration. During a stellar 21-year professional career, the Swiss legend has won a record 20 Grand Slam® men’s singles titles, including in 2009 at Roland-Garros where he has been a finalist on four other occasions.
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.
Garbiñe Muguruza’s family uprooted from Venezuela to Spain when she was five years old to help further her tennis career. It was a move that would be richly rewarded. Aware of their sacrifices, she toiled relentlessly to make them proud, turning professional in 2012 and entering the top 20 two years later. In 2016 at Roland-Garros she claimed her first Grand Slam® title, beating World No. 1 Serena Williams in straight sets, and added a second a year later at The Championships, Wimbledon.
French fans will be hoping countryman Lucas Pouille can maintain his upward career momentum deep into the second week at Roland-Garros this year. After making two quarter-finals in 2016 – at The Championships, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open – he started 2019 by reaching his first Grand Slam® semi-final at the Australian Open, where he lost to eventual champion Novak Djokovic.