Players continue Haiti fundraising
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Roger Federer and other top players have continued their fundraising efforts for Haiti with an auction of autographed rackets used in this year's Australian Open.
Two days after the bidding opened, Federer's racket was easily the most sought after, with the latest of 87 bids offering $13,300. The next most-wanted racket is Rafael Nadal's, with a current bid of $4,150.
The eBay auction, which opened Tuesday and closes after the men's final on Sunday, follows "Hit for Haiti" -- a charity match initiated by Federer on the eve of the tournament.
That mixed doubles match -- where the public paid discounted prices and the players wore microphones -- raised more than $185,000.
The Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti killed an estimated 200,000 people.
Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press
2010 AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Women's singles: Serena Williams, United States
Roger Federer, Switzerland
Men's doubles: Bob and Mike Bryan, United States
Women's doubles: Serena and Venus Williams, United States
Mixed doubles: Cara Black/Leander Paes
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