Should tennis stars wear watches on the court

First published: 18-02-2013

Many big names endorse products such as watches, as their fame and popularity can motivate millions of people into buying one of these items.

Tennis is one of the biggest sports in the world, so it's not surprising to see major brands turn towards champion players to advertise and endorse their offerings.

But while a luxury wristwatch might look perfect at a celebrity party or on the red carpet, should they actually be worn on court?

Ariel Adams of has raised eyebrows at Rafael Nadal for playing a crucial tie with a timepiece on his arm, but since he won the match, it might be hard to argue it did him any harm.

Nevertheless, Mr Adams is insistent that putting a highly complex luxury watch through this type of treatment isn't a good idea, as they can be particularly delicate.

"The idea that a watch like that will be subjected to the shock of a professional sport could make a watch enthusiast cry," he commented.

"If the idea that a tennis player wearing a watch while professionally playing sounds odd to you, then you are correct."

Nadal is currently making steady progress in his comeback from a knee injury, as he looks to reestablish himself as one of the top tennis players in the world.

Old rival Roger Federer currently holds the Wimbledon title, while Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have also been familiar faces in Grand Slam finals over the last few months.

The Spaniard narrowly missed out on the Chile Open title earlier this month, but has just emerged victorious in the Brazil Open, beating David Nalbandian 6-2, 6-3 in Sao Paulo.

Nadal said he will particularly enjoy this success after his recent injury struggles and expressed hope that it will mark a new beginning in his staggering career.

With his form likely to continue picking up in the next few months, Federer, Murray and Djokovic might start looking over their shoulders at upcoming competitions.


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