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Be it Rafael Nadal’s Velcro watch or Maria Sharapova’s 24-karat gold-speckled Nike shoes, wearing expensive items on court is apparently not uncommon for some tennis players.
At the French Open, Rafael Nadal played the matches wearing a $ 775,000 (Rs 4.9 crore approx. ) Velcro watch, reports The Wall Street Journal. The
watch is custom made by Richard Mille, a luxury Swiss watch company. Using complex and sensitive mechanics, this watch can reportedly withstand dirt and sweat during matches. It is made of carbon and quartz with titanium screws and can keep accurate time under any circumstance.
Nadal who has been working with Mille since 2010, had earlier worn a watch worth $690,000 and earlier told the CNBC that he couldn't imagine himself playing without it. In the process of creating a superlight and well-engineered watch, Mille and Nadal have also created a successful athlete-sponsor relationship.
The picture of Nadal's watch has received some hilarious comments from social media users.
@theScore it's not a watch if I can't see the damn time....— Brock (@BrockThomas4) June 1, 2015
@theScore Does it allow you to go back in time?— Alex Smith (@smittty97) June 1, 2015
@theScore for that price I wouldn't take it off either!!!— Jesse Nusbaum (@Jesse17171) June 2, 2015