A large auction in person and online of personal belongings of the Swiss tennis player Roger Federer has raised 3.392 million pounds (3.98 million euros, 4.7 million dollars), reported this Wednesday the London house Christie’s. In a statement, Christie’s bought the total resulting from the live bid, carried out on June 23, and the one organized online, which began on that date and ended this Wednesday with revenues of 2.06 million pounds (more than 2.42 million euros, 2.86 million dollars). The money from the auction of “The Roger Federer Collection” will go to the tennis player’s foundation -The RF Foundation-, whose mission is to “empower vulnerable children with an early education both in Switzerland and in South Africa,” he says, the notice. In the online auction there were 300 lots, which were purchased by buyers from 44 countries on six continents, the most sought-after lot being three 2019 Wimbledon rackets, which were awarded for 162,500 pounds (190,000 euros or 225,200 dollars), much for above the estimated price. Other objects sold were a belt, a cap and rackets used in different championships. “I am overwhelmed by the generosity and enthusiasm of the support from all over the world,” said the athlete, who underlines that the prices obtained are “incredible” and will benefit the children with whom his foundation works.
Hurkacz on beating Roger Federer
In his third Wimbledon appearance, Hubert Hurkacz notched up the biggest win of his career when he dumped out eight-time champion Roger Federer in straight sets in the quarterfinals. “The truth is that beating Federer on that court where he has achieved so many victories, with all the public supporting him and with what it means for world tennis, is something indescribable,” said Hurkacz. “Certainly, this success gave me more self-confidence and increased my willingness to win.” The Pole said he was happy with his run at SW19 despite the disappointing ending. “In London, it was a great success because it was the first time in a Grand Slam tournament that I had climed so high,” he said. “However, some hunger remained, because I was close to the final and I could have played a little better against Berrettini.” In the same interaction, Hurkacz said his exploits at Wimbledon would help him in his quest to win a medal at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. “I think the result in London is going to help me a lot. I came out of the tournament with great confidence and, above all, with a strong will to win and keep improving, something that I would love to do at the Olympic Games,” said Hurkacz.