Ed Sheeran, Emma Raducanu, Naomi Osaka: Stars donate to tennis charity auction

Naomi Osaka Emma Raducanu Ed Sheeran

A number of high-profile tennis, football, and music stars have donated signed memorabilia to the Love All charity auction.

The charity is set up to honour the memory of the late Elena Baltacha, a former tennis player who passed away following a short battle with liver cancer in 2014. 

Baltacha, who was once the British number one, was passionate about introducing tennis to disadvantaged children in her adopted hometown of Ipswich.

The Love All auction will support existing charities including the Elena Baltacha Foundation, with all proceeds from celebrity donated items going to the causes.

A group of household names within tennis have joined the cause and donated signed match items. Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray are among the active players to donate rackets, with the latter also providing a signed kit.

Emma Raducanu

Naomi Osaka and Jamie Murray have also donated rackets, while Coco Gauff and Lleyton Hewitt have donated shoes. 

Billie Jean King has also contributed a signed copy of her 2021 autobiography 'All In'.

Love All has received donations from the music industry as well, with Ed Sheeran and Sir Cliff Richard both chipping in to the cause. Sheeran has provided a signed copy of his single Bad Habits and Sir Cliff has donated a bumper crop of memorabilia including a signed tour jacket and handwritten lyrics to his 1958 single Move It.

Ed Sheeran

"The generosity and widespread support is truly overwhelming," said Judy Murray, who is also supporting the cause. "It is so wonderful to see the tennis community uniting in the spirit of Love All in memory of Bally and all those around the world whose lives have been shattered by this terrible disease.

"The auction will not only support vital cancer research, screening and care, but will also continue Elena legacy’s by introducing the sport she loved to those who might not otherwise have the chance to play."

Football icons Paul Gascoigne and Peter Crouch have added to the 130 lots for the auction. Gascoigne has donated a signed 1998 England shirt, and Manchester City have contributed a 2020/21 shirt signed by the full team.

Baltacha made her senior debut in 1997, competing in the ITF circuit in Edinburgh. She enjoyed 16 years on the court before retiring in 2013 and held the British number one ranking on numerous occasions.

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