Rolex brand ambassador Taylor Fritz won his first Masters 1000 title at the Indian Wells Open last Sunday, also known as the Indian Wells Masters and the BNP Paribas Open. He proudly hoisted the championship trophy over his head, giving us a glimpse of the two-tone Rolex Daytona on his wrist. As one of the most iconic chronographs in existence, Daytona is the perfect watch for a memorable feat, especially one that will be photographed and celebrated by almost every major news outlet. It also seems to go into its Rolex, but more on that later.
At just 24 years old, Fritz defeated tennis legend Rafael Nadal 6-3, 7-6 (5), ending Nadal’s great 20-win streak. It was his first Masters 1000 win and raised his world ranking to 8th. Fritz is also the first American to win the Indian Wells Masters since Andre Agassi won the title in 2001. Impressive, to say the least.
On Saturday, a San Diego native suffered an ankle injury while playing in his semifinal against Andrei Rublev. His coach and coach advised him to withdraw from the final, fearing further injury if he continued. Although he admitted that his injury had caused him significant pain before Sunday’s match against Nadal, it did not stop him from playing during the surprise win. Unfortunately, Nadal also suffered an injury and could not compete with his best, which led to Fritz’s memorable victory.
Rolex has been a fixture in tennis tournaments since the late 1970s, when the brand became the official timekeeper at Wimbledon. Decades later, the legendary Swiss watchmaker continues to adorn the wrists of some of the game’s best players. Taylor Fritz is relatively new to the team, joining other tennis players Roger Federer, Stefanos Sitcipas, Dominic Thiem, Juan Martin del Potro and Belinda Bensic.
Which Rolex does Taylor Fritz wear? She has been seen on numerous occasions, including Indian Wells, with a handsome steel and gold Daytona on her wrist. It has a white dial at the top with a trio sub-dial at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions. It also has a Rolex-owned yellow rollers finish, an oyster steel pair with yellow gold, and a chronograph movement. Although Daytona was developed for motorsport to measure statistics such as distance travel and speed, it has numerous applications for everyday life and other sports. For example, the movement basically acts as a stopwatch by activating the pushers above and below the crown.
When he was just a junior player, Indian Wells was in Fritz’s backyard. He comes from a tennis family and has memories of running for famous tournaments, collecting autographs from some of the most talented players in the world, including Rafael Nadal. This past weekend, his dream of taking home the trophy one day at the Indian Wells Open came true, and his faithful Rolex was with Daytona Ride.