Roger Federer is a Swiss International tennis player. He has decided to auction his t-shirt, racquets, and shoes to help raise around 1 million pounds ($1.4 million, 1.15 million euros) for the Rodger Federation Foundation. This Foundation supports Southern Africa and his native Switzerland for educational projects. “The Roger Federer collection is the most important single-owner collection of sporting memorabilia that has ever come to the market,” said Bertold Mueller, the continental Europe managing director of the British auction house Christie’s.
The 39-year-old Rodger Federer has won 20 Grand Slam men’s singles titles. Federer has been World No. 1 in the ATP rankings. Federer has won 103 ATP singles titles.
Rodger Federer has recently recovered from his two-knee operations and returned back to court. This injury has given him time to go down memory lane of the things which is worthy of remembrance.
“Roger Federer started collecting these items as early as 2000 with the help and support of his parents, of his wife, and they have collected these items for more than 20 years now, keeping them safe, labeling them, cataloging them,” said Mueller.
“They always had in mind that at some point they would want to turn it into something good and now… Federer has decided that the moment has come to put this all up for auction.”
The collection will be shown in Hong Kong until Tuesday. It will showcase the items which cover 21 years of Federer’s career, Muller told AFP at a pre-sale exhibition of the auction lots in Zurich.
The live sale will take place on 23rd June in London in 20 lots from Federer’s career at the four Grand Slams: Wimbledon and the Australian, French, and US Opens. Simultaneously the online sale will start from 23rd June and continue till 14th July, which will feature around 300 lots from other tournaments of 21 years of career. He made his debut at the age of 19 in the Olympics at the Sydney 2000 games.
The auction includes the cardigan and racquet used by Federer, which he won in Wimbledon Crown in 2012, the seventh of his record eighth men’s singles titles on the All England Club grass. The set is priced at 40,000 pounds to 60,000 pounds.
The collection also includes the outfit which Federer has worn in the 2019 Davis Cup, and that leads him to victory. His signed shirts and sneakers are also parts of the sale that comes from his comeback events.
Despite his 40th birthday, which is after 3 months and his long absence from sports, he ranked eighth in the world. After recovering from double knee surgery, Federer returned to the courts in March, winning his first match but failed to win the second one at the Doha tournament.
This win followed Federer to complete the set of having won of all four Grand Slams. “This lot is one of my favorites, not just because it is exciting in terms of the story behind it and finalizing his career Slam, but also in terms of the objects that are being offered,” said Mueller.
“So apart from shirts and shorts, you would also have the sneakers and the racquets, which still show traces of the orange clay at Roland-Garros.”
He recently played in this weak Geneva’s warm-up tournament. However, he showed his glimpses of old magic but still now lacking match sharpness and faced difficulties at the very beginning of the attempt on Tuesday.