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Luxury watch brands pay Wimbledon stars like Djokovic, Nadal and Serena Williams millions to wear expensive creations

, Luxury watch brands pay Wimbledon stars like Djokovic, Nadal and Serena Williams millions to wear expensive creations

TODAY’S tennis stars are a sponsor’s dream, especially when it comes to watch companies.

Luxury brands like Rolex, Audemars Piguet and TAG Heuer have all sided up next to a host of stars returning to Wimbledon this year, paying them huge sums to promote their timepieces.

The world’s best tennis players wear the most expensive watches

Roger Federer is a brand ambassador for Rolex

Many will wear them on court, often if they’ve won a Grand Slam and can be pictured flashing the expensive jewellery as they lift a trophy.

But who wears what and how much do their watches cost?

RAFAEL NADAL

Richard Mille RM27-04, £780K

In 2010, Nadal signed a lucrative contract with the Swiss watchmaker, and their relationship has continued until today – although the injured star is missing from SW19 this year.

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The Spaniard is often seen wearing Richard Mille watches while he’s playing, including a record-breaking £780k RM27-04 Tourbillon model at the French Open last year.

Weighing only 20 grams, it won’t weigh Nadal’s wrist down. And it can withstand 10,000 Gs of force.

, Luxury watch brands pay Wimbledon stars like Djokovic, Nadal and Serena Williams millions to wear expensive creations

Rafael Nadal wore a RM27-04 worth £780k at the French Open in 2020

SERENA WILLIAMS

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Shore, £45k

When you’re one of the most influential figures ever in sport, you’ll have luxury companies throwing themselves at you.

Audemars Piguet, a favourite with Premier League footballers, enlisted Serena as a brand ambassador in 2014.

She regularly wears their Royal Oak Shore model when she’s in action, and that comes with a price tag of around £45k.

And in 2017, they lent Serena an Audemars Piguet Diamond Outrage worth an astonishing £1m for that year’s Met Gala. She must be a great customer.

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Serena Williams is regularly seen on court wearing a Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Shore watch

NOVAK DJOKOVIC

Seiko Astron GPS Solar Dual Time, £1,495

He might be the world’s number one and returns to the All England Club as defending champion, but he’s lagging behind in the watch game.

In 2014, the Serb signed a contract with Seiko worth £4m per year.

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But despite the mega-earnings he’s getting tipping Rafa and Roger, his Seiko watch isn’t worth much – coming with a price tag of just short of £1,500.

Still, the watch features a stainless steel case with rose-gold coating and black ceramic bezel, a sapphire crystal glass and a silicone black band with push-button release.

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Novak Djokovic wears a £1,500 Seiko Astron GPS Solar Dual Time

ROGER FEDERER

Rolex GMT-Master II, £11K

As a longtime ambassador of the Swiss luxury brand, Federer has been snapped lifting a trophy in a variety of different expensive timepieces.

Perhaps the most significant was his Datejust II that he wore after beating Pete Sampras’ all-time Grand Slam record in 2009.

He’s also a fan of the GMT-Master II, which has a price tag of around £11k.

It’s believed that Federer is paid around £5m per year by Rolex to peddle their products.

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Federer wears the GMT-Master II which has a price tag of around £11k

ANDY MURRAY

Rado Hyper Chrome Automatic Chronograph Match Point, £3,370

The 2013 and 2016 Wimbledon champ – back in singles this year after four years away – is said to earn £1m a year to wear Rado watches.

And he’s usually on point when it comes to his choice, opting for their Hyper Chrome model on court.

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But when he last lifted the trophy at the All England Club, he got himself into bother after his epic win.

Murray strapped on the watch to appease his sponsors, but forgot that it was self-winding and needed time to adjust to the wearer’s wrist.

That meant it was around five hours out when he was snapped in winning mode. Oops.

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Andy Murray wore a Rado watch when he lifted the Wimbledon trophy in 2016, but embarrassingly it was telling the wrong time

MARIA SHARAPOVA

TAG Heur Formula 1 Lady, £1,900

When the Russian tennis sensation was banned from the sport after failing a drugs test in 2016, TAG Heur were in talks over negotiating a new sponsorship deal with Sharapova.

However, they soon withdraw their offer and a commercial partnership that began in 2004 was over.

Sharapova often favoured the Aquaracer model on court that cost £1,200, and the Formula 1 Lady outside the court that is valued at around £1,900.

Now retired, the 2004 teenage champion won’t be competing on the grass this year but is still a hit off the court with her pricey pieces.

, Luxury watch brands pay Wimbledon stars like Djokovic, Nadal and Serena Williams millions to wear expensive creations

Maria Sharapova was formerly an ambassador for TAG Heuer before her drug ban, and wore a £1,900 Formula 1 Lady watch

STAN WAWRINKA

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Shore Diver, £18k

Stan the Man is another fan of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Shore watch, often seen wearing their Diver chronograph that’s got a price tag of around £18k.

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Their relationship began in around 2014, and in 2017 Swiss-star Wawrinka was snapped in an exclusive marketing campaign for the brand.

He also posted images on social media visiting the company’s HQ in the village of Le Brassus in the Vallée de Joux in the Canton of Vaud just to see how the watches are made. Now that’s dedication.

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Stan Wawrinka is a brand ambassador for Audemars Piguet, like Serena Williams, wearing their Royal Oak Shore watch

ALEXANDER ZVEREV

Richard Mille RM67-02, £105K

The German tennis poster boy has been endorsed by the Swiss luxury watchmaking brand since 2016.

And it was all because of his pal Nadal, who recommended Zverev to Mille – calling him the future of the game.

In 2018, Zverev then presented the RM67-02 watch, with an astonishing price tag of around £105k at a show in Monte Carlo.

It has a weight of just 32 grams and is made of ultra-light and strong carbon quartz TPT, so it’s sturdy too. He wears it on court too, matching the straps to his outfit.

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Alexander Zverev wears a £105k Richard Mille watch when he’s in action

CAROLINE WOZNIACKI

Rolex Daytona, £113,950

Another one to retire since the last Wimbledon, the former world number one has been with Rolex since 2010, who got her just as she began her ascendancy in the game.

And when she won her first Grand Slam title in 2018 – defeating Simona Halep in the Australian Open – she showed off a sparkling Rolex Daytona with pave diamond dial and baguette-cut diamond bezel.

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That watch has an astonishing value of £113,950. Not bad if you can get it.

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Caroline Wozniacki put on a £113 Rolex when she won her first ever Grand Slam title

DOMINIC THIEM

Rolex Daytona Chronograph, £14k

When it comes to professional tennis, Rolex clearly have some of the best players covered in the sport.

Currently ranked fifth in the world but missing Wimbledon through a wrist injury, Austrian star Thiem is just another one – and he sports two different models.

We’ve seen the 27-year-old wearing a stainless steel and ceramic Daytona chronograph with a sleek black dial worth around £14k.

He also favours a stainless steel Submariner, which costs around £9k.

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Dominic Thiem shows off a stainless steel and ceramic Daytona chronograph worth around £14k as he arrives at the airport for Wimbledon

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