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Posted on: Thursday, January 28, 2010

Tennis: What a racket! Bidder offers $13,300 for Federerís racket


By TANALEE SMITH
Associated Press Writer

MELBOURNE, Australia ó Roger Federer and other top players have continued their fundraising efforts for Haiti with an auction of autographed rackets used in this yearís Australian Open.

Two days after the bidding opened, Federerís racket was easily the most sought after, with the latest of 87 bids offering $13,300. The next most-wanted racket is Rafael Nadalís, with a current bid of $4,150.
Novak Djokovic, Kim Clijsters and Jelena Dokic have also donated their rackets.
The eBay auction, which opened Tuesday and closes after the menís final on Sunday, follows ďHit for HaitiĒ ó a charity match initiated by Federer on the eve of the tournament.
That mixed doubles match ó where the public paid discounted prices and the players wore microphones ó raised more than $185,000.
The Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti killed an estimated 200,000 people.