With its tennis brand ambassadors, tennis-inspired timepieces, and portfolio of international tennis tournaments, Rado shows its absolute dedication to the sport. This year is no exception, with Rado timing every second of every match as Official Timekeeper at 14 tournaments around the world.
RADO & Tennis
History of Rado & Tennis
Rado has become synonymous with the world of tennis since it began sponsoring international tournaments over 20 years ago. In 2017 Rado is the Official Timekeeper of 17 international tournaments and is present with its signature corner clocks on clay, grass and hard courts. Rado’s link to the world of tennis was originally inspired by the spirit of challenge and determination. Just as players push themselves to achieve victory on court, Rado pushes itself to challenge the boundaries of traditional watchmaking, successfully mastering innovative materials and achieving what many once believed was impossible.
In a sport where matches can last for hours as they turn into an epic battle of wills, Rado precision timing systems ensure that every second counts and nothing is missed. With matches in major tournaments clocking up durations of almost six hours, time can be the factor that makes or breaks a champion. From full match duration, to the breakdown of time per set, Rado systems help players, fans and officials alike to track the progress of each match in a tournament.
Agnieszka Radwanska is one of the stars of the women's game and has been a professional tennis player since 2006 when she was voted Most Impressive Newcomer on the WTA tour. She was the first Polish player in the Open Era to win an individual singles title, and the first to reach a Grand Slam singles final at Wimbledon in 2012. To date she has won 14 career singles titles and she is the winner of the longest three set match played in the history of the WTA Tour Championships. Her highest ranking to date is world number 2 and she has been voted the WTA Fan's Favourite player for the last three years. Aged just 25 she has a bright future ahead of her.
Rado is proud of its latest tennis initiative, the Rado YoungStar programme. Launched in 2015, the programme is designed to support up-and-coming young tennis players with the objective of creating an international team of talented, ambitious players with the potential to become the next generation of tennis stars.
The Rhode Island native started playing tennis at the age of four, and has since accumulated several achievements including winning his first Challenger event earlier this year in Hawaii. After winning three ITF Futures events in the summer of 2014, Jared received main draw wild cards into both the singles and doubles at the US Open 2014. With his skill and determination much can be expected from this gifted player.
Hyeon resides in Kyunggi-Do, South Korea, and has long been one of the best young tennis players in the world. His tennis success started at a very young age: at age 12 he won the prestigious Eddie Herr International and Junior Orange Bowl titles back-to-back, and went on to win the Orange Bowl again at the age of 16. In 2013, he won his first professional singles title and reached the final of the Boys Wimbledon Singles Championship, which marks him as a leader of the next generation of young tennis stars—and one to watch.
The young German WTA rising star Carina Witthöft has already won 11 titles in her career. In 2015 she made it in to the third round in Melbourne – her biggest career success so far. Carina started playing tennis at the age of four and her parents own two tennis clubs in Hamburg where Carina trains year-round. Her career goals include reaching the Top 10 (and become No.1.) and also winning a Grand Slam title.
Born in Hangzhou, China, Jason (Yibing) took up the game of tennis at the young age of six. Jason already has a number of accomplishments to his name since he began playing professionally. He enjoys the distinction of being the youngest winner of the Chinese Grand Prix (2016) and the only Chinese male junior to have been ranked #1 at a major event (Australian Open 2017). Also the winner of a Davis Cup match (vs. Taiwan, 2016) and the Anning Futures 2016, Jason is tipped to be the first Chinese top 100 ATP player.
With one WTA singles title and five WTA doubles titles under her belt, Ashleigh is a proud addition to Rado’s line-up of young athletes. The young Aussie was a Junior Wimbledon champion at 15 and a Fed Cup representative and three-time Grand Slam doubles finalist by 17. At age 21, Ashleigh became the highest-ranked Australian player and one of the most exciting prospects in women's tennis. Her achievements include winning the 2017 Malaysian Open and breaking into the WTA top 20 with a career high ranking of 17.