Rolex Becomes The Official Timekeeper + Official Timepiece Of The US Open

shutterstock_399186619Photo Credit: Leonard Zhukovsky / Shutterstock.comFor the first time in over a quarter of a century, the US Open has a new Official Timekeeper and Official Timepiece. The U.S. Tennis Association has announced that Rolex has taken over those titles from predecessor Citizen. The new multi-year, broad-reaching agreement between Rolex and the USTA begins immediately with preparations for the 2018 US Open, which runs this year from August 27 through September 9 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.

During the US Open, Rolex timepieces and clocks will be seen throughout the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, representing a partnership forged through a shared commitment to tennis excellence. The signature clock affixed to the outer façade of Arthur Ashe Stadium will now be the iconic Rolex display.

shutterstock_1134896561Photo Credit: doublep4556/Shutterstock.comIn addition, Rolex will sponsor the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, completing their commitment to the Masters Series with sponsorship of all nine events. Rolex will also support the USTA National Campus, the USTA’s hub for all its mission-related tennis activities and programs,
based in the Lake Nona neighborhood of Orlando, Fla. They will also support programs of the USTA Foundation, the official charitable arm of the USTA, helping to assist under-resourced youth.

Rolex’s 40-year commitment to tennis is definitely a fit for the USTA. In fact, the brand works with some major tennis talent, many of which who are participating in the Open, including Roger Federer, Caroline Wozniacki and Grigor Dmitrov, among others.

It’s a big move for a milestone year: 2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of the US Open and is the first US Open played upon the completion of the $600 million transformation of the National Tennis Center. It is also the inaugural season of the new Louis Armstrong Stadium, a 14,000 seat
state-of-the-art facility, which is the final piece of the overall expansion.

shutterstock_94239481Photo Credit: FlashStudio / Shutterstock.comGordon Smith, CEO & Executive Director of the USTA, said of the organization’s new sponsor, “Rolex is a true champion of tennis that shares the USTA’s passion for the sport. As we celebrate 50 years of the US Open, we are delighted to welcome this iconic, luxury brand as a partner and we are thankful for their support of the USTA’s mission to grow the game.”

Stewart Wicht, President and CEO of Rolex Watch USA, seconded this statement, saying, “Our long-term commitment to supporting the pinnacle of tennis over the past 40 years has been an exciting journey that started with our association with The Championships, Wimbledon in 1978, and includes a second Grand Slam® tournament as Associate Sponsor and Official Timekeeper of the Australian Open. It was only natural that Rolex would seek to build on its Grand Slam heritage, in this case through an association with the USTA and its flagship tournament, the US Open. The partnership brings together two organizations who share a passion for quality, excellence, precision and performance.”