Eye-watering detail hidden in photo of Roger Federer at Wimbledon
Roger Federer's appearance at Wimbledon on Sunday had tennis fans in an absolute frenzy, but not many would have realised the $128,000 detail in his outfit.
The tennis legend looked more like James Bond or a secret service agent as he arrived at the All England Club looking dapper in a black suit and sunglasses.
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But details have now emerged about the exact nature of what Federer was wearing, including an eye-watering $128,000 Rolex watch.
The 40-year-old took part in a ceremony at Wimbledon to mark the 100th anniversary of centre court at the All England Club, receiving a standing ovation as he strutted out onto the hallowed turf.
And strapped to his wrist was a brand-new off-catalogue Rolex Cosmograph Daytona ‘Orange’.
Federer is Rolex's most recognisable brand ambassador, and the watch manufacturer took the opportunity to show off its newest piece.
According to Jamie Weiss of men's style website DMARGE: "The Daytona ‘Orange’ is crafted from 18ct yellow gold, is fitted on an Oysterflex strap and features a bezel mounted with 32 baguette-cut orange sapphires and a black dial with 11 baguette-cut orange sapphire hour markers."
The new model is yet to be officially listed on Rolex’s website and isn't on display in boutiques.
"This is a rare and exclusive watch that’s only offered or available to Rolex’s most important customers – or ‘testimonees’ (what the brand calls their ambassadors)," Weiss added.
The 'Insane Luxury Life' Instagram account reports the timepiece has a retail price of US$86,750 (about AU$128,000).
Roger Federer's huge announcement at Wimbledon
The 20-time grand slam champion hasn't played since undergoing a third knee surgery after Wimbledon last year following his loss in the fourth round.
He has slowly been working his way back to full fitness and has announced plans to play at the Laver Cup in September and Swiss Indoors in Basel in October.
However his plans for 2023 had been a mystery until Federer revealed on Sunday that he wants to play one final time at Wimbledon.
“I hope I can come back one more time. I’ve missed it here," he said.
"Of course I've missed being here. I would have loved to be here. I knew walking out here last year, it was going to be a tough year ahead.
"Maybe didn't think it was going to take me this long to come back. But the knee has been rough on me.
"I didn't know if I should make the trip, but I'm happy standing right here right now."
The Swiss maestro had surgery last year to repair damage to his meniscus and cartilage in his right knee - his third operation on that knee in 18 months.
"I've been lucky enough to play a lot of matches on this court. Feels awkward to be here today in a different type of role," said Federer, who is missing Wimbledon for the first time since his main-draw debut in 1999.
"But it's great to be here with ... all the other champions. This court has given me my biggest wins, my biggest losses."
While retired reigning women's champion Ash Barty and her Australian idol Evonne Goolagong were conspicuously absent, Federer was among more than two dozen Wimbledon singles winners to appear at the 35-minute ceremony.
Australian greats Margaret Court, Rod Laver, John Newcombe, Pat Cash and Lleyton Hewitt were among the champions in attendance, while the likes of Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Stefan Edberg and Goran Ivanisevic were also on hand.
Active players like Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal, Andy Murray, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova and Angelique Kerber also took part.
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