Roger Federer has seen his memorabilia fetch a premium price at auction - what's more, all the memorabilia that were placed on Christie's auction block have been sold. After generating generous offers, the items were sold for a combined price of 3.4 million pounds, which equates to 4.7 million dollars and 3.98 million euros.
The auction bids and the eventual funds it raised cheered Federer's heart, especially after the disappointing quarter-final exit at the Wimbledon Championships this year and his announcement that came shortly after: his retirement from the Olympics of Tokyo Proceeds from the auction, which took place virtually and raised over £ 1 million that Federer hoped to raise, would go towards funding projects commissioned by the Roger Federer Foundation.
The Foundation assumes and supports educational projects in southern Africa and his native Switzerland. Federer issued 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."
The auction of items from the legendary career of the 20-time Grand Slam champion was held 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 all four Grand Slams: Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon Championships and the US Open.
Boris Becker comments on Roger Federer
Now in a new column for the Daily Mail, Boris Becker has reiterated those concerns, while also touching upon the rise of the younger players on tour. The German also claimed that while Roger Federer probably didn't go into Wimbledon worrying about his future, the manner of his defeat to Hurkacz may have planted a seed of doubt in his mind.
"I think Roger arrived here thinking everything was pretty much going to his plan, which was to recover from his knee problems, get fit on the clay and put himself in a strong position to go very deep at SW19," Becker said.
"I don't believe that he came here deliberating when the best time is to retire, but he may well be doing so now. The manner of his defeat to Hubert Hurkacz changed things. There is a hesitancy on my part to suggest what he should do because one thing I learned is that in tennis you are ultimately on your own," Becker said.
"You can be supported and have all the off-court help but the sport puts you in the situation where you are alone out there. It is mentally very challenging and only he will know how losing that 6-0 set really felt."
Becker claimed that while Djokovic is still at the top of his game, Federer and Nadal, alongside Andy Murray, would be worried about the rise of the next generation. "One constant is that Djokovic is the last man standing from what we used to know as the Big Four," Becker said.
"The other three - Andy Murray was once put in that bracket - have lots to contemplate, and the changing of the guard really is upon us."