In addition to being the master of tennis, Roger Federer is also among the most important philanthropists in the world. For more than 17 years, his foundation has improved educational opportunities for children in Africa. Furthermore, the Swiss champion has always been interested in finding new ways to further his cause.
From new collaborations to innovative routes, the 39-year-old keeps his foundation's priorities at the forefront. He recently teamed up with Christie's to auction his tennis memorabilia to raise money. The event was carried out through a live auction and an online auction.
Now, the results of the live auction have arrived and exceeded expectations, and Federer will expect similar results from the online auction, which will be active from July 13-14. Look at this story: Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, and others in controversial outfits for the Wimbledon championships.
In particular, 20 lots of Roger Federer memorabilia were auctioned live on June 23, 2021 at Christie's. While they were hoping to raise £ 1 million, the actual figure was around £ 1,329,375,000. In particular, the biggest contributors to this auction were Lot 13 and Lot 10, which sold for over £ 150,000 each.
They were Federer's champion outfit and racket from the 2009 French Open and the 2007 Wimbledon Championships, respectively. Naturally, Federer was ecstatic after hearing the news. “I can hardly believe that the first 20 lots raised £ 1,329,375.
I want to thank everyone who bid on my sports memorabilia and wish the buyers great joy,” he said. The funds raised in these two auctions will provide comfort and education to underprivileged children in Africa and Switzerland.
Roger Federer on battling Father Time
"With the team, we decided we're going to reassess the situation after Wimbledon because it's going to have an impact," Roger Federer said. "If I play really good here or really bad, I think it has an impact on how everything might look in the summer."
Roger Federer was later asked for his thoughts about battling Father Time, to which he replied that playing until the age of 40 was never in is plans. The 39-year-old also admitted he was surprised that he's going strong even after undergoing double arthroscopic knee surgery last year.
"The goal was not to play until 40," Roger Federer said. "This all mainly came in the last years. I never thought also with the last surgeries I’ve had I would still be going."