Rafael Nadal wears a $1 million Richard Mille watch as he makes his long-awaited return to tennis

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Rafael Nadal wears a $1 million Richard Mille watch as he makes his long-awaited return to tennis


Rafael Nadal was spotted wearing his special limited edition Richard Mille watch on his return to the Barcelona Open.

The Spaniard had been out of action since injuring his hip at the Brisbane International in January, which ruled him out of the Australian Open.

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Nadal finally made his return in what could be his final year on the courtCredit: Getty

However, he was back in action at the Barcelona Open where his luxury watch from the collaboration with Richard Mille caught the eye during his first round victory over Flavio Cobolli.

The RM 27-04 costs $1,050,000 and is also limited to only 50 pieces worldwide.

It was designed to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Nadal’s collaboration with luxury watch company Richard Mille, which began in 2010.

It took some time for Nadal, who has won around $135 million in prize money during his career, to convince himself to wear a watch during matches. He worked with Mille to design one, resulting in the RM 027, the first to bear his name.

Nadal is certainly proud to be part of this collaboration, as he previously stated in a statement: “In our respective fields, we both seek to achieve excellence. We speak the same language, Richard and I.

Richard Mille watches are proving to be a huge hit among professional athletes, with golf star Bubba Watson wearing his own $2 million watch to the Masters last week.

Nadal, nicknamed the “King of Clay”, will face Alex de Minaur in the round of 32 of the Barcelona Open after his 6-2 6-3 victory over Cobolli.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion has won 63 of his 71 tournament finals on the surface, with only three best-of-five defeats.

Training footage shows how detailed his luxury Richard Mille watch is

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Training footage shows how detailed his luxury Richard Mille watch isCredit: Getty
Nadal was spotted with the watch on his wrist at the Barcelona Open

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Nadal was spotted with the watch on his wrist at the Barcelona OpenCredit: Getty

Nadal could play the final year of his illustrious career after admitting he could retire after the 2024 season.

But before entering the Barcelona Open, he said he was not “putting a deadline” on his retirement, although after his latest victory he said things were not getting easier for him.

“I’ve tried several times in my career, it’s true that each time is more difficult,” he said via Sky Sports of his comebacks amid his challenges. “Especially in old age, it makes things even more difficult.

“I’m going through some tough times. But at the same time, when I can be on the circuit for a few days and practice with the guys, and then be able to compete a little bit, it means a lot to me. It’s always pretty nice to keep going to do it. “

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