FOCUS – In these early days of Roland-Garros, we have a look again on the not so outdated hyperlinks between tournaments, gamers and timepieces.
It is June 5, 1983. A date that every one French individuals bear in mind in the case of tennis, because it marks the final time a French participant received the Roland-Garros event. When lifting the Coupe des Mousquetaires, Yannick Noah was carrying the watchmaking star of the last decade, an Ebel Sport Classic, on his wrist.
All the reflection of an period, when the world of watches started to take an curiosity in that of tennis: whereas Rolex started its conquest of the courts and tournaments in 1978 as a brand new companion of Wimbledon, the world number one Björn Borg grew to become in 1981 ambassador of the Swiss model Mido. “Watchmakers have lengthy been related to the little yellow ball, notably Rolex at Wimbledon and Ebel in its golden period, through the Eighties and early Nineteen Nineties, confirms Miguel Seabra, editor of the watch journal Espiral do Tempo but additionally commentator of matches for Eurosport. It can be in my travels associated to tennis, particularly at Roland-Garros
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