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Rafael Nadal’s Roland Garros shirt sells for thousands at charity auction

Rafael Nadal’s Roland Garros shirt sells for thousands at charity auction

The tennis legend Rafael Nadal has raised more than 20,000 euros with the help of one of his worn shirts. The charity auction aimed at raising money for helping fight against the novel virus, UPI reported. A special fundraising event set up by the Spanish ABC Basketball League to raise money for the Red Cross.

A piece of clothing worn Spanish tennis star proved to be a massive hit for buyers at the special event. Along with donations from sponsors, the charity auction has raised more than €143,000 in total to support those fighting the virus.

The kind of clay donated a shirt Rafa wore during the 2019 Roland Garros to the #LaMejorAsistencia action. A special fundraising auction set up by the Spanish ABC Basketball League to raise money for the Red Cross. The item proved to be a hit with those taking part after selling for an impressive €20,500.

It was at 2019 French Open where Nadal became the first player in the Open Era to win the same grand slam for a 12th time after defeating Dominic Thiem in the final. His emphatic record in Paris currently stands at 93 wins against just two losses. The only players to ever beat him was Robin Söderling in 2009 and Novak Djokovic in 2015.

Nadal continues to support raising money for the COVID- 19

Tennis life has stopped for a while, and nobody is able to predict when the restrictions will be ease. Toni Nadal, Rafa’s uncle and coach, has cast doubt on the prospects of the ATP resuming in the near future. In fact, Tour won’t be played until there is a very clear security measure.

“If not, how do I go to an event? What if another wave [of infections] comes back in October? How many countries won’t make restrictions on movement? How long will lockdown last? I don’t know,” Toni Nadal told journalists in his recent interview.

It is not the first time Nadal has taken to fundraising for the COVID- 19 cause. Last month he helped launch the #NuestraMejorVictoria (Our Best Victory) campaign with NBA star Pau Gasol. Their aim is to raise €11 million for those in need during the crises.

“You have always been on our side during happy times and difficult times. You have always been understanding… We athletes are what we are largely thanks to your support. Now is the time that we cannot let you down,” Nadal said in a statement.

The ATP, WTA and ITF tours have all been suspended until at least July 13th due to the outbreak of the novel virus. In addition, it was recently announced that the WTA Rogers Cup, which is scheduled for August, has also been delayed until 2021.