Sep 11, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT
Andy Murray made a bit of history on Monday by winning the U.S. Open, becoming the first British player to win a Grand Slam title since Fred Perry in 1936. And to prove just how much times have changed in 76 years, Murray spent much of his time immediately following his win over Novak Djokovic frantically looking for his watch.
Rather than a roar of victory his first words were: “I don’t have my watch.”
“I don’t have it, I don’t have it,” he said, pointing to his wrist and looking up to his girlfriend Kim Sears for help.
“Have you got my watch? I don’t have my watch,” he asked of her, before she helpfully pointed to one of his bags.
It was of course his $3,000 D-Star Automatic Chronograph Rado watch, which according to his sponsorship deal he had to be wearing when he had his picture taken with the U.S. Open trophy.
The panic sets in at about the 4:15 mark in the video below.
Murray made a seven-figure deal with Rado before the tournament, reported Forbes Magazine. Still, it was all a bit odd fans and writers in attendance.
Daily Mail columnist Des Kelly said: “At this great moment of sporting history, Andy Murray seems to be worried about whether he has his sponsor’s watch on?”
Satirical account The Bugle wrote: “BREAKING: Andy Murray’s day has just got a whole lot better. He has found his watch.”
“Andy Murray becomes 1st British male slam winner in 76 years winning the US Open. Cue references to Halley’s Comet. Glad he found his watch,” Charlie Mullan wrote.
The watch graciously agrees to allow Murray to pose with it for photos following the match:
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