“Overwhelmed By the Generosity”: Roger Federer Memorabilia Fetches a Premium Price at Online Auction

Published 07/15/2021, 5:02 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer reacts during his third round match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie REUTERS/Toby Melville


Roger Federer has seen his memorabilia fetch a premium price at an auction. What’s more, every single piece of memorabilia that was put up in the auction block at Christie’s was sold.

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After drawing generous bids, the items went for a combined price of £3.4 million, which comes to $4.7 million and 3.98 million euros.

The auction bids and the eventual funds it raised gladdened the cockles of Federer’s heart, especially after the disappointing quarterfinal exit at the Wimbledon Championships this year and his announcement that came shortly after — his withdrawal from Tokyo Olympics.

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Proceeds for the auction would go into funding projects at Roger Federer Foundation

The proceeds from the auction, which was held virtually and fetched way more than £1 million that Federer had hoped to raise, would go into funding projects commissioned by the Roger Federer Foundation. The Foundation takes up and supports educational projects in southern Africa and his native Switzerland.

Federer released a statement after the live online auction exceeded all expectations, saying, “I am overwhelmed by the generosity and enthusiasm of the support from around the world.”

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates winning his third round match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie Pool via REUTERS/Jed Leicester

The auctioning of items from the storied career of the 20-time Grand Slam champion was done in two phases. In the first phase, a live sale in London on June 23, the items that went under the hammer were from his exploits at the four Grand Slams — Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon Championships, and the US Open.

Another live online sale from June 23 to July 14 put up 300 items from other Tour events over a span of 21 years. The items dated back to his first appearance at the Olympics, the Sydney Games in 2000, at just 19 years of age.

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Racquets used by Federer in his run to 2019 Wimbledon finals fetch £162,500

The most sought-after items at the auction were the three racquets that the Swiss used in his run to the finals of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships. Squandering a match point, Federer had gone on to lose narrowly to Novak Djokovic.

Going at 23 times more than their estimate of between £7,000 and 10,000, the racquets sold for £162,500. 

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“The prices achieved have been unbelievable. We started collecting items which accompanied me on court because we thought that perhaps one day we could do something meaningful with them,” the Swiss added.

Federer has said he has begun rehabilitation from a “setback” with the knee at Wimbledon and is eyeing a comeback at the US Open.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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