Watch Sponsorships Common In Tennis But None Like Nadal’s

June 19, 2015

Every year around the French Open, news and stories about the king of clay, Rafael Nadal circulate throughout international news. However, it’s not only his quarterfinal match with Novak Djokovic on Wednesday that is in the headlines, but also his $775,000 Richard Mille wristwatch that weighs about 20 grams, according to the Wall Street Journal. He wears the watch during his matches and has since 2010, when the watchmaker presented him with his first watch.

Watch sponsorships are common in the ATP and WTA tours. Usually though, players opt not to wear them during play but rather after matches and in public. Some players wear watches on the court, but none as expensive as Rafa’s. Actually, most people in the world never wear anything that valuable in their lives.

This Wednesday is about as big a match as you can get in Roland Garros, when number one player in the world Novak Djokovic takes on the man who has won 9 French Open titles and is going for his 10th. The French Open is the only Grand Slam Djokovic has never won. Rafa is still not in top form after recovering from injury, but at this tournament, to be the man, you’ve got to beat the man, and that man is Rafael Nadal.

VFD connects brands with top athletes across all sports. The international sponsorship landscape, especially in tennis, is booming, taking advantage of tennis’ far reach. Will Nadal keep his court or is it Novak’s time to shine? Only time will tell.