Tennis legend Roger Federer is one of the leading sportsmen in world who has been consistently contributing towards charity. The Switzerland-born superstar also formed his Roger Federer Foundations many years ago to help underprivileged children across the world. In fact, the maestro’s mother Lynette Federer too has been at the forefront of charity activities at every given opportunity.
In the past, we have also seen Federer visiting various desolate places across Africa. Recently, the 39-year-old declared that he would be lining up his mementos for two auctions – The Live Auction and The Online Auction at Christie’s to raise money for The Roger Federer Foundation.
Interestingly, the Christie’s estimate was over-shot much to everyone’s surprise. While they thought that the auction would raise £1 million for The RF Foundation, it raised up to £1,329,375 for the foundation, which empowers vulnerable children and provides educational resources to children in Africa and Switzerland.
“I can hardly believe that the first 20 lots raised £1,329,375,000. I want to thank all those who bid for my sporting memorabilia and wish the buyers much joy with them,” 20-time Grand Slam winner Federer said.
Federer pleasantly surprised by the proceeds
“I feel very humbled by this first result today knowing the proceeds will allow additional projects that can be undertaken by The Roger Federer Foundation. I now look forward to seeing the results from The Online Auction of my sporting memorabilia, which remains open for bidding until 13/14 July, and to playing in The Championships at Wimbledon,” the World No.8 added.
Federer is seeded seventh at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships and will open proceedings against Adrian Mannarino of France on Tuesday, June 29. The Swiss maestro is already a eight-time champion at the All England Club and is now eyeing his ninth title as well as 21st Grand Slam. He also lost in the 2019 epic finals to World No.1 Novak Djokovic despite being two match-points up.