Federer's Racket From 2011 French Open Final Goes Up For Auction

Federer's Racket From 2011 French Open Final Goes Up For Auction

by Nurein Ahmed

For the second time this year, one of Roger Federer's Wilson rackets will be up for sale as announced by Prestige Memorabilia.

Federer's used racket from the 2011 French Open is up for auction, with bidding beginning on Tuesday, May 14th. It's an iconic wand because it helped the former World No. 1 reach his fifth final at the clay Slam, the last of his glorious career at the tournament.

The racket was handpicked from the Roger Federer Foundation, and Resolution Photomatching has forensically proven that it was from the French Open final match. It also contains Federer's autograph on the grip.

As fate would have it, Federer met his longtime rival Rafael Nadal in the championship match and produced a much better performance than when they played each other in 2008.

Ultimately, like the three previous confrontations in Paris, the outcome remained unchanged. Federer lost the match 5-7, 6-7, 7-5, 6-1 to Nadal. But tennis fans will take a different happy memory from the 2011 Roland Garros because Federer defeated an in-form Novak Djokovic in the semifinal.

At the start of 2011, the Serbian was riding on a 43-match undefeated streak, and he played an epic match against Federer. But the Swiss produced a stirring performance to remind everyone that he was not ready to leave the limelight.

It is reported that the racket could sell upwards of $50,000. The other Federer racket auctioned this year was from his career-best 2006 season. It had been stored in the Australian Tennis Museum as part of tennis legend Ken Rosewall's personal collection.

Some tennis memorabilia that have garnered colossal figures from an inline auction in recent months include Novak Djokovic's racket from the 2016 French Open final, which attracted $107,482, and Nadal's racket from the 2007 French Open, which received $118,206 from the highest bidder.


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