The tennis legend joins up with Christie’s to auction off pieces of his personal collection to benefit his foundation.
Roger Federer has reigned over the tennis world for the better part of two decades. From his 20 Grand Slam titles to his all-time record 237 straight weeks as the world’s No. 1-ranked player, the sporting icon has dominated the competition throughout his unforgettable run, picking up just about every trophy in sight along the way.
And this summer, the Swiss Maestro will team up with Christie’s to auction off a one-of-a-kind collection of pieces from his historic career to benefit the RF Foundation, which supports educational projects in southern Africa and Switzerland.
“The Roger Federer Collection” features equipment and apparel items that help tell the legend’s incredible story in tennis over the last 20 years. This includes the racket from his epic battle with Rafael Nadal in the 2007 Wimbledon final and the racket, outfit, and clay-encrusted shoes that he donned in his 2009 French Open final victory against Robin Söderling. Pre-sale price estimates for the items range from $4,200 to $97,500.
“Every piece in these auctions represents a moment in my tennis career and enables me to share a part of my personal archive with my fans around the world,” Federer said in an official release. “More importantly, the proceeds will support The Roger Federer Foundation to help us continue to deliver educational resources to children in Africa and Switzerland.”
‘It is a great privilege for Christie’s to offer this magnificent memorabilia of historic importance on behalf of Roger Federer, an active sporting legend, to support his philanthropic endeavours focused on early education in Southern Africa and beyond,” said Bertold Mueller, Christie’s Managing Director for Continental Europe, Middle East. and Africa. “The match objects will bring back fond memories to us all and provide a unique opportunity for Roger’s global fans to own a part of his outstanding, two decades long tennis career. The sports memorabilia market has been booming for years, in particular for match-worn and signed pieces. The auctions will no doubt be a milestone in this ever-growing, worldwide phenomenon.”
The live auction will take place on June 23 at Christie’s London, but interested collectors can preview the lots during a global tour that precedes it.
In addition, Federer fans around the world will be able to participate in an online auction of over 300 items, many of which come with more accessible price tags, from match-worn wristbands to a Wimbledon blazer. The online event takes place between June 23 and July 14.