Serena Williams’ Infamous Broken Racket From 2018 US Open Final Up For Sale

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Serena Williams’ Infamous Broken Racket From 2018 US Open Final Up For Sale

The 23-times grand slam champion’s racket is expected to earn five figures.

Published November 18, 2019

Written by Jarod Hector

The racket smashed by the “Greatest Tennis Player Of All Time” during the 2018 U.S. Open is up for sale, according to The New York Times

In the final, against eventual champion Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams was frustrated with her level of play and smashed her Wilson racket. She was issued a point violation as a result. 

You may remember that led to a confrontation between Williams and the chair umpire Carlos Ramos, where she called him a “thief” for deducting points. 

That unfortunate incident aside, the racket was placed on the ground behind Williams’ changeover chair and noticed by Justin Arrington-Holmes, a U.S. Open ball boy since 2013. 

Related: Video Of Serena Williams Letting The US Open Final’s Umpire Know She Is Not The One

Following the match, Holmes took a picture with Williams and she said he could keep the racket. 

Holmes sold the racket to Brigandi Coins and Collectibles in Manhattan for $500. 

Brigandi Coins then sold the racket to a third party, who has placed the item up for auction through Goldin Auctions.

The auction began today (November 18) and opened at $2,000. 

By the time the auction closes, the racket is expected to fetch about five figures. 

“I think the low end would be $10,000, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it goes to $25,000 or $50,000,” said Ken Goldin, the founder of Goldin Auctions.

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