The woman who caught Novak Djokovic's racket from the 2016 French Open final is now selling it for a fortune. Abby Doherty, who was among the 15,000 fans in attendance, is set to cash in on this piece of sporting history.
In the final, Djokovic battled back after losing the opening set to Andy Murray. He won the next three sets and secured his 12th Grand Slam title. This victory also marked Djokovic's career Grand Slam, as he had now won all four major tournaments.
A Special Moment
After his win, Djokovic celebrated by drawing a huge love heart into the famous red clay and throwing his racket into the crowd. Abby Doherty managed to grab the racket and took it home.
Up for Auction
Now, seven years later, Doherty has decided to sell the racket as it has been collecting dust. Experts from SCP Auctions believe that this piece of sporting memorabilia could fetch six figures. The current bid stands at £15,357.
The Decision to Sell
Although it was a tough decision for Doherty to part with the racket, it had been sitting in her closet for six years. She wanted to get Djokovic to sign it after the match, but was unable to get his attention.
The racket has been professionally photo-matched to verify its authenticity. It was used by Djokovic in both the semi-final against Dominic Thiem and the final against Murray. There are marks and clay stains on the frame and handle that match the photos.
Novak Djokovic's French Open-winning racket from 2016 is up for auction and could fetch a significant amount of money. This piece of sporting history is a must-have for any tennis fan.