Roger Federer’s tennis memorabilia raises $4.7M for charity

Jussi Pylkkanen, global president of Christie’s, in conversation with Roger Federer during the June 23 Live Auction. Image courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd 2021

Jussi Pylkkanen, global president of Christie’s, in conversation with Roger Federer during the June 23 Live Auction. Image courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd 2021

LONDON – The Roger Federer Collection – Sold to Benefit The RF Foundation realized a combined total of £3,392,875, or roughly $4.7 million, across The Live Auction, held on June 23, and The Online Auction, which took place from June 23-July 14. The sales were 100% sold by lot, and achieved more than three times the pre-sale low estimate.

The proceeds will support the valuable work carried out by The Roger Federer Foundation, which is dedicated to empowering vulnerable children with the provision of early education in both Switzerland and Southern Africa. The Foundation enhances school readiness in a systemic manner to give children a better start in education due to a smoother transition into primary school.

Roger Federer commented, “I am overwhelmed by the generosity and enthusiasm of the support from around the world. The prices achieved have been unbelievable, which makes me so happy because the money goes to The Roger Federer Foundation, benefiting children in Southern Africa and Switzerland.”

Roger continued, “We started collecting items which accompanied me on court because we thought that perhaps one day we could do something meaningful with them. Mirka and I are humbled to see that the decision we made will make a profound difference to so many children. On behalf of The Roger Federer Foundation, we want to send our sincere thanks for all the support.”

Highlights from the online sale include:

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Three Wimbledon rackets from The Championships, 2019. Estimated at £7,000-£10,000, the lot realized the impressive sum of £162,500.

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A 2009 Wimbledon Belt, estimated at £300-£500, which realized £15,000.

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A 2016 Brisbane Cap, estimated at £300-£500, which realized £4,375.

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Roger Federer’s Tournament Racquets from the 2012 London Summer Olympics. They carried a collective estimate of £7,000-£10,000 and realized £47,500.

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Roger Federer’s tournament outfit and racquet from the 2012 London ATP finals. Estimated in the range of £5,000-£7,000, they went on to sell for £32,500.