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Wednesday, 26 September, 2001, 00:46 GMT 01:46 UK
Sport boosts auction for attack victims
A Wimbledon programme autographed by Sampras is on offer
A Wimbledon programme signed by Sampras is on offer
Sports stars and fans across the world are auctioning memorabilia to raise money for the victims of the terrorist attacks in the United States.

Tiger Woods, Andre Agassi and many others are helping to try and raise $100m in 100 days for disaster relief charities through the internet site 'Auction for America'.

New York mayor and self-proclaimed Yankees fan Rudolph Giuliani himself pledged a baseball autographed by Hall of Famer Yogi Berra.

"Sports memorabilia items have been incredibly hot over the last few years," said Kevin Pursglove, senior director of communications for E-bay.

Tiger's Pebble Beach pin flag has already raised $2,000
Tiger's Pebble Beach flag has already raised $2,000

"We expect it will play a significant role in our efforts to raise the $100m."

Through his foundation, Tiger Woods donated a framed autographed pin from the 2000 US Open at Pebble Beach.

Bids for the flag and accompanying plaque had already reached $10,000 on Tuesday with six days still to go.

Tennis is also playing its part - an autographed racket used by Agassi during the 2001 Australian Open has surpassed $2,000.

And an autographed Wimbledon programme from the final day of the 2000 Championships, signed 'Pete Sampras 13', signifying his record 13th Grand Slam triumph, drew a bid of $1,325.

The WTA Tour has authorised the sale of some 16 player-related items - a shirt worn and autographed by Anna Kournikova has so far attracted the highest bid of $330.


After such horrible events last week, everyone is pulling together to try to help
Lindsay Davenport

Similar items from Venus and Serena Williams and Jennifer Capriati, a pair of Monica Seles' sneakers and a 1999 Wimbledon order of play sheet signed by finalists Steffi Graf and Davenport were also being auctioned.

"After such horrible events last week, everyone is pulling together to try to help," Davenport said in a statement issued by the WTA Tour.

"Even though this might not seem like much, in a time like this every little bit can truly make a difference. This can provide a way for tennis fans around the world to make an impact.

"On behalf of the entire Tour, our hearts go out to everybody affected by this tragedy."

Many of the descriptions of items up for auction include personal messages from ordinary fans donating their own sports memorabilia.

One basketball fan offering his prized possession - a basketball autographed by two-time NBA champion and LA Lakers star Shaquille O'Neal - wrote: "I would not part with this ball for any reason but this. Please open your wallets."

Meanwhile, the US PGA Tour has raised around $6m with "A Tribute to America" rally, with the help of players such as David Toms, Hal Sutton and Jesper Parnevik.

An estimated 6,000 people attended the event, which was held at Lone Star Lil's Amphitheatre at Six Flags Fiesta Texas - next to the site of the Texas Open.


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