Rafael Nadal's racket from the 2007 French Open final has been sold for $118k in an online auction that closed on Monday.
Just days after turning 21, Nadal won his third French Open title in 2007. That year, Nadal ousted Roger Federer 6-3 4-6 6-3 6-4 in the final at Roland Garros.
That year, Nadal clinched six straight-set wins before Federer managed to take a set off him in the final. At the time, it was Nadal's third consecutive French Open victory and he had a 21-0 record at Roland Garros after the 2007 French Open.
Recently, a racket that Nadal used during the 2007 French Open final - and also in some of his previous matches in the tournament - was put up on action. On Monday, the racket was sold for a price of $118,206.
Nadal hopes to return to the French Open this year
After extending his French Open record to 14 titles in 2022, Nadal was unable to defend his title at Roland Garros last year. Shortly after officially confirming his withdrawal from the 2023 French Open, Nadal had surgery on his hip.
Following months of uncertainty, Nadal confirmed he would be able to play again and returned in the first week of 2024 in Brisbane. After starting his comeback with two straight-set wins, Nadal suffered a setback as he sustained a "micro" muscle tear and was forced to miss the Australian Open.
However, Nadal remained positive and optimistic even after a setback at the start of his comeback, highlighting that he is giving himself time to reach his targeted level and that there were some positive and encouraging signs in his Brisbane return.
After taking some time to address the issue, Nadal is scheduled to return to action at an ATP 250 event in Doha, which kicks off on February 19.
For Nadal, the main thing and priority remains reaching his best level during the clay season and arriving at the French Open in the best possible condition.