Novak Djokovic Auctions Signed French Open Winning Kit for Charity
LONDON July 1, 2016 – World number one tennis champion, Novak Djokovic, will be selling his kit from his famous French Open win to the highest bidder.
The auction, taking place in conjunction with eBay, opens today and gives fans the opportunity to get their hands on Novak’s signed Roland-Garros 2016 Finals UNIQLO Game-ware, with all proceeds going directly to the Novak Djokovic Foundation (NDF).
The highest bidder will take home both Novak’s signed polo shirt and the shorts which he wore when he achieved a ‘Career Grand Slam.’ 2016 was not only the first time Novak Djokovic has won the French Open, but the title also completed a string of wins, as Novak became only the third tennis player in history to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time. The auction will open at 9am (GMT+1) on the 1st July, closing at the same time three days later on the 4th July. The UNIQLO apparel will be listed in the ‘Sports Memorabilia’ section on eBay under ‘Tennis Memorabilia’.
This is the first of many auctions of memorabilia from Djokovic’s win at Roland Garros. At the same on 8th July bidding will open on a second piece of memorabilia from the milestone in Djokovic’s career, to be revealed next week.
The proceeds from the auctions will go directly to the Novak Djokovic Foundation which funds pre-school education programmes, facilities and teacher training in Serbia.
Founder Novak Djokovic commented,
My win at Roland-Garros was a momentous moment for me, as I achieved another of my dreams for my tennis career. By auctioning off the kit I wore during the win, I hope to raise funds to help children realise their full potential and dream big, just as I did.
National director and the Global Ambassador of NDF and wife of Novak, Jelena Djokovic, commented,
Pre-school education can change a child’s life for the better but sadly just 1 in 2 children from mine and Novak’s home country of Serbia has a pre-school place. We want to help children learn and play at the critical pre-school age so they can grow up to shape a positive future for our country. This auction gives Novak’s loyal fans a chance to support the Foundation’s work.
Key results of NDF to date:
- 19 school have been set up
- 37 projects completed
- 325 families have been supported
- 636 teachers trained
- 10,000 children helped
- Currently ranked ATP World No. 1 tennis player
- Djokovic has won 65 ATP singles titles
- Of these, he holds 12 Grand Slam singles titles
- His 2016 French Open win made him the eighth man to complete the career Grand Slam
- He is one of only three tennis champions to win all four Grand Slam titles back to back and the first to do so in more than 40 years
- Djokovic is scheduled to play in the Wimbledon men’s singles third round on Friday July 1.