Recognized as one of the greatest players of all time, Roger Federer has gathered an army of followers over the last two decades. The 20-time Major champion has had many memorable moments on the tennis court, earning some of the most significant victories of our sport and writing history. On Thursday, Federer announced that he is auctioning a collection of personal items this summer, offering his fans a chance to own a piece of tennis history. Two sales will take place in June and July at Christie's to raise money for his foundation. A live auction on June 23 will feature 20 pieces, with each reflecting one of Federer's Major triumphs, priced between 3,000-70,000 pounds.
Lots include the outfit and racquet from Federer's historical 2009 Roland Garros victory over Robin Soderling in the title match, after which the Swiss completed a Career Grand Slam. A lucky owner will also get the shoes still covered with the Roland Garros clay dust. Fans and collectors will bid for the 2007 kit and racquet that Roger used in the fifth consecutive Wimbledon title match, the second against Rafael Nadal, including shoes decorated with Swiss flags signifying the number of his Wimbledon titles. Federer's elegant white RF-emblazoned cardigan from the 2012 Wimbledon final against Andy Murray is also up for sale, together with the shoes that carried him towards the third Wimbledon title in 2005 versus Andy Roddick.
Roger Federer is selling items from his historical matches for his Foundation.
A second online auction in July will feature 300 lower-priced items affordable to a wider variety of fans, like the wristbands Federer wore during his 1500th professional match in Basel 2019 against Peter Gojowczyk. Christie's low estimate values the entire collection at around one million pounds while hoping to reach 1.5 million.
"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. More importantly, the proceeds will support The Roger Federer Foundation to help us continue to deliver educational resources to children in Africa and Switzerland," Roger Federer said.
"It is a great privilege for Christie's to offer this magnificent memorabilia of historical importance on behalf of Roger Federer, an active sporting legend. 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, a worldwide phenomenon," Bertold Mueller, Managing Director, Christie's Continental Europe, Middle East and Africa, said.