Novak Djokovic's racket, with which he won his first title at Roland Garros in 2016, sold for an incredible $107,482. This astronomical sum broke previous records, making it the most expensive tennis racket ever sold at auction.
The racket's journey is as captivating as its ultimate price. After the thrilling victory over Andy Murray, Djokovic, overwhelmed with emotions, threw his "weapon" into the Parisian audience.
There he was accidentally caught by Abby Doherty, a spectator who became the keeper of sports history. "It was like slow motion," Doherty said, her voice still ringing with the excitement of the moment. "All of a sudden the racket came flying towards us and I just thought, 'Oh my God!' It bounced off my hand and fell to the ground.
I knew I had to get it!" She secured the racket with quick reflexes, and says that her heart was pounding with excitement.
Novak won all 4 Grand Slam tournaments
Doherty's fortuitous catch had enormous significance. That Djokovic triumph in 2016 became a part of sports history because he became the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win all four Grand Slam titles.
This historic feat cemented his status as a tennis legend. For years, Doherty kept that racket, a silent reminder of that magical Parisian night. However, she recently decided to part with this piece of history, entrusting it to SCP Auctions.
"It was a difficult decision," she admitted. "I loved having this amazing sports memorabilia, but it just sat in my closet all these years." Collectors and avid fans fired up, driving the price to dizzying heights. Finally, after a fierce battle, one lucky bidder emerged victorious, securing the racket for a record sum.
These astronomical sales demonstrate the enduring power of sporting goods steeped in the sweat, passion and triumph of legendary athletes. For us, that seems like too much of a price, but you can imagine what price that racket will have in some 20 years. This is definitely a good move by the buyer and a great investment of money.