… Serena Williams’ smashed Racket sold for $21,000 in auction
CAROLINE Wozniacki will finish her tennis career with a farewell match against her rival and friend, Serena Williams on home soil in Denmark.
Former World No 1, Wozniacki announced earlier this month that she will retire from professional tennis after next year’s Australian Open, a tournament she won in 2018.
The 29-year-old, who turned pro in 2005, said: “I’ve accomplished everything I could ever dream of on the court.
“I’ve always told myself, when the time comes, that there are things away from tennis that I want to do more, then it’s time to be done. In recent months, I’ve realized that there is a lot more in life that I’d like to accomplish off the court.”
‘I’ve accomplished everything I ever dreamed of’ – Caroline Wozniacki announces shock retirement
After the Australian Open, she will compete in a farewell match with f Sports Group confirming she will take on 23-time Grand Slam winner Williams in a match dubbed “The Final One 2020” at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen on May 18.
“She has done us all proud and we can’t wait to give her the best goodbye match and pay tribute to her and her fantastic career – exactly what a true legend deserves,” a statement read.
“This will be her last match, a historic and very unique event in front of a big audience – something you definitely don’t want to miss out on.”
After the loss, Williams handed the smashed racket to a ball boy. The ball boy sold the racket for $500 to an unidentified dealer.
Serena Williams’ smashed racket from her infamous US Open final loss to Naomi Osaka has reportedly been sold at an auction for $20,910.
The legendary American tennis player gave the racket to ball-boy Justin Arrington-Holmes, who was working behind her for most of that match. It is believed that the pre-med biology student, later on, sold the racket to a dealer for just $500.
The dealer bagged an amount close to $21,000 for the smashed racket at an auction, where Jesse Owens’ 1936 Berlin Olympic gold medal was also sold for $615,000, according to various news reports.
The US Open 2018 final will always be remembered for Williams’ row with the chair umpire, Carlos Ramos. Osaka dominated in every aspect as she claimed the first set 6-2.
It all began in the second set when Ramos gave an official warning to the superstar for alleged coaching from the stands by her coach Patrick Mouratoglou, who was seen gesturing in her direction.