Rolex enjoys a special relationship with Roland-Garros as the event’s Premium Partner, Official Timekeeper and Official Watch.
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.
Poland’s Iga Świątek stunned the tennis world at Roland-Garros in 2020. Aged just 19, she became the youngest women’s champion since 1992 and made history as her country’s first ever winner of a Grand Slam® singles title. She secured her place in the tournament’s record books in style, as an unseeded victor and without dropping a single set on her memorable run.
Roland-Garros holds a special place in Garbiñe Muguruza’s heart as it was there, in 2016, that she won 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.
Dominic Thiem is one of the world’s most formidable clay-court players. The Austrian’s patience, precision and reliability over long, gruelling rallies have twice taken him to the men’s singles final at Roland-Garros. 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. In 2020, Thiem broke through for his maiden Grand Slam® singles crown when triumphant at the US Open.
Roger Federer is one of the most accomplished sportsmen of his era and regarded by many as the greatest tennis player of all time, combining excellence and elegance on and off the court that have earned him worldwide respect and admiration. During a stellar professional career spanning more than two decades, the Swiss legend has amassed countless honours. He is the first man to win 20 Grand Slam® 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 then 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.
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.