Monday, 27 June 2011

Rafael Nadal's Shoes Go Under The Hammer

Courtesy: ThisIsLincolnshire

A CITY charity wants to ensure there's not "much a-deuce about nothing" during Wimbledon fortnight by auctioning off a historic piece of tennis memorabilia.

Cooke and Connell fundraisers have acquired the trainers worn by Rafael Nadal when he secured his second SW19 title by beating Thomas Berdych last year.

Adelaide Park manager Vik Szendrey, left, and Frank Connell with the signed trainers.

The Nike Air Max are signed by the Spanish great as well as two tennis balls which are being sold off to raise money for three local football teams.

A bid of £250 has already been lodged for the trainers, but they are expected to raise a huge amount of money.

The trainers were acquired by Frank Connell, whose company has been raising funds for local sports clubs for more than 20 years.

Connell has a friend who works at Wimbledon where he managed to snare the trainers and two balls from the breathtaking number one seed.

"It really is a fantastic piece of memorabilia for any sports fans to own," said Connell.

"The more and more I have spoken about them, the more I realise how valuable they are.

"I've auctioned off lots of memorabilia before, but this is very, very exciting especially with Wimbledon taking place at the moment."

Collectors wishing to bid for the trainers, which will come with a record detailing their authenticity, can do so by phone on 01522 527 696.

Bidding by email is also available and you can submit an offer to

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