After three wins in the French Open on May 31, June 3 and 6, Roger Federer decided to withdraw from the French Open on June 6 to fully recover from the knee surgeries that he had last year.
Federer had undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in February 2020. Federer had a second surgery in June 2020 after the knee kept swelling.
While making news for his decision to not play, the star player also decided to auction some of his memorabilia. An online auction, The Roger Federer Collection: Sold to Benefit The RF Foundation, comprises over 300 lots.
Conducted by Christie’s auction house, the online auction is scheduled from June 23 to July 14, featuring 300 lots dating right back to Federer’s first Olympics appearance at the Sydney 2000 Games.
The live auction to be held at St. James’s in London includes 20 lots from Federer’s career at the four Grand Slams: Wimbledon and the Australian, French and US Open.
Federer’s outfits from the Australian, French, UK and US Opens will be auctioned for an estimated 3,000 to 50,000 pounds. Other items like sneakers, rackets and duffle bags range between 5,000 to 50,000 pounds. The most expensive, however, is the entire Champion Outfit, worn by Roger Federer at the French Open in 2009, costing about 70,000 pounds.
Another highlight at the auction is Roger Federer’s Champion Rackets from when he played for the Indian Aces in the International Premier League Tennis in 2014. It was the first time he had played on Indian soil.
Through the auction, Federer hopes to raise 1 million pounds for the Roger Federer Foundation. This foundation supports educational projects in southern Africa and Switzerland.