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Borg to auction off Wimbledon trophies

The tennis great is auctioning off his five Wimbledon trophies and two of his title-winning wood rackets in order to achieve "financial security."

india Updated: Mar 03, 2006 19:09 IST
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Swedish tennis great Bjorn Borg is auctioning off his five Wimbledon trophies and two of his title-winning wood rackets in order to achieve "financial security."

Borg, the only player to win five consecutive Wimbledon championships, will put the memorabilia on the bloc at Bonhams auction house in London on June 21.

The five silver gilt trophies, which will be sold together, are expected to fetch between 200,000-300,000 pounds (euro290,000-40,000; $350,000-$525,000), Bonhams said on Friday.

"Obviously it is not easy to part with the trophies that symbolize all the tremendous effort, both physically and emotionally that it took to win Wimbledon on five occasions," Borg said in a statement.

"However, I do need to have some long-term financial security for those close to me and now believe the time is right for the trophies and rackets to pass to either a tennis collector or a suitable institution where they can be appreciated by a wider number of people."

Borg won his five titles between 1976 and 1980. He is also auctioning off the now-obsolete Donnay rackets he used to beat Ilie Nastase in the 1976 final and John McEnroe in the 1980 final. The five-set win over McEnroe featured a classic 18-16 fourth-set tiebreaker.

The rackets are expected to sell for 10,000-15,000 pounds (euro14,600-euro22,000; $17,500-$26,2000) each, Bonhams said.