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Unique Tennis Memorabilia Auction Raises Funds for Charity

The eight singles finalists who qualified to compete at the 2011 Barclays ATP World Tour Finalists have raised $57,261 through a unique worldwide player locker charity auction of match-used and autographed tennis memorabilia.

Tennis memorabilia Roger FedererThe lockers, personally stocked with signed memorabilia by each of the top eight singles players including Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Roger Federer, were on display in the Fan Zone at The O2 across the eight days of the tournament.

Save the Children, the charity partner for the tournament, will receive 50% of the proceeds from the auction, with the other 50% going to each player’s chosen charity.

2011 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Champion Roger Federer’s locker fetched the most amount of money, with the top bid coming in at $17,800. Rafael Nadal’s locker raised $14,800.

Chief Executive of Save the Children, Justin Forsyth, commented: “Save the Children is thrilled by the response to the locker room auction at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. The lucky winners of the auction now own a piece of tennis history. We want to say thank you to everybody who placed a bid.

All of you contributed to raising a whopping $57,261 which will change the lives of some of the world’s poorest children.”

The charity auction was run online through www.BarclaysATPWorldTourFinals.com/Charity over the past 10 days, enabling fans all over the world to bid on their favourite player’s locker. Five of the winning bids came from Japan, whilst two came from the U.K. and one from Switzerland.  A total of 499 bids were placed on the eight different lockers.

Player Locker (Charity of Choice) Origin of Winning Bid Sold

Berdych (Paraple Centrum) Japan   $2,300

Djokovic (Novak Djokovic Foundation) Switzerland   $6,900

Federer (Roger Federer Foundation) Japan   $17,800

Ferrer (Save the Children) Japan   $2,651

Fish (Mardy Fish Foundation) Japan   $2,110

Murray (World Wildlife Fund) U.K.   $7,200

Nadal (Rafa Nadal Foundation) U.K.   $14,800

Tsonga (Attrap’ la Balle) Japan   $3,500

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