Tennis is a global sport, with professionals from all over the world. The four Grand Slams—Wimbledon, the US Open, the French Open, and the Australian Open—draw huge crowds and make superstars out of their winners. For its top players, tennis is lucrative not just in prizes but also in sponsorship deals. But which are the richest? Here are thirteen of tennis’s highest earners based on total prize money earned during their careers:
1. Roger Federer
The Swiss player has earned over $100 million in prize money and endorsements, with more on the way. He’s won more than $95 million in prize money alone, which is nearly equal to what Agassi earned during his career. Federer also holds a record 16 Grand Slam titles and has reached the final at 35 consecutive major tournaments—the longest streak of any active player.
2. Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic is the No.1 tennis player in the world. He is Serbian and married to Jelena Djokovic. They have twin boys Stefan and Tara, who were born in 2016.
Novak has won 12 Grand Slam titles (Australian Open x 3, Wimbledon x4, US Open x6). His first major came at the 2007 Australian Open where he defeated Roger Federer in straight sets 6-3 7-6(5) 6-0
3. Andy Murray
With $50 million in career prize money, Andy Murray is the second-highest paid tennis player in the world.
Murray is also the first British player to win Wimbledon since 1936, and he’s won a total of three Grand Slam titles—two at Wimbledon and one at the US Open.
In addition to his many accolades on the court, Murray also continues to make waves off it as well: He has been named one of People magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive twice (2010 and 2015) and was ranked #1 on Forbes’ list of “Most Influential Celebrities” in 2016.
4. Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal is one of the best tennis players in history. He is currently ranked number 1 in the world and has won 16 Grand Slam titles: 11 in singles and 5 in doubles. Rafael Nadal was born March 3rd, 1986 to parents Sebastián Nadal and Ana María Parera Dachs. He began playing tennis at age three when he was given a racquet by his mother for his birthday after she saw him struggling to play with an old ball that a man had thrown away outside their home. He started competing professionally when he turned 14 years old in 2002 after winning an under-14 tournament at Palma de Mallorca, becoming one of the youngest players ever to do so (the record still stands today).
In 2005 Nadal made it into the final round of Wimbledon where he lost against Roger Federer who went on to win this particular match; however, he did manage to take home first place at several other tournaments that same year including Roland Garros where he ended up defeating Gaston Gaudio who had been ahead 2 sets until 6–4 then 7–5 before ultimately winning 8–6 tiebreaker set 9
5. Maria Sharapova
Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player who is currently ranked No. 6 by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). She has won six Grand Slam singles titles, and she was ranked world No. 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association for a total of 21 weeks. In June 2004, she became the first Russian woman to win Wimbledon in the Open Era.
6. Serena Williams
Who is the richest female athlete in the world?
If you guessed Serena Williams, go to the head of the class. The 35-year-old American has won more Grand Slam titles than any other female (23) and has earned over $84 million in prize money alone since turning pro 20 years ago. She also ranks as Forbes’ highest-paid female athlete for 2019, a title she’s held since 2016. The only player who comes close to her dominance on the court is Roger Federer, with 19 major wins to his name—but he’s almost 50 years old and hasn’t held a racket since last summer due to injury concerns.
7. Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki is a Danish professional tennis player. She became the world No. 1 in 2010, then held that ranking for 67 consecutive weeks, which remains the longest period at the top by any female player since the computer rankings were introduced in 1975.
In 2014, she achieved her highest rank so far of world No. 1 and won three singles titles, including two grand slam championships: at the US Open and at Wimbledon respectively. She was also runner-up at three other tournaments that year: the Australian Open (losing to Serena Williams in straight sets), French Open (losing to Maria Sharapova), and the WTA Finals event losing to Petra Kvitová after holding a match point against Petra Kvitová).
8. Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka is a Belarusian professional tennis player. She has won three grand slam titles, being the 2012 Australian Open and Wimbledon champion, and the 2011 US Open runner-up.
She was also a former world No. 1 in women’s singles, having first achieved that ranking on 21 September 2012 for one week, then regaining the spot on 6 June 2014 for an additional two weeks before slipping down to No. 3 by the end of that month following Serena Williams’ return from maternity leave at Wimbledon.
9. Jelena Janković
Jelena Janković is a Serbian tennis player who was born in Belgrade, Serbia.
She is a former world No. 1 and has won six WTA singles titles, including two Grand Slams at the French Open and US Open.
Such an impressive resume means she’s earned her spot among the richest tennis players in the world with an estimated net worth of $25 million USD (2018).
10. Angelique Kerber
Angelique Kerber is a German professional tennis player. She is a former world No. 1, having held that position for 21 weeks from 2016 to 2017, and won ten WTA singles titles and three WTA doubles titles. Kerber made her breakthrough by winning the 2011 Wimbledon Championships; she became the first German to win the title since Steffi Graf in 1996 when she beat Petra Kvitová in straight sets. At the 2016 Australian Open, she defeated Serena Williams in three sets to win her second Grand Slam singles championship, becoming only the second player (after Justine Henin) to defeat both Williams sisters at all four Grand Slam events.
Kerber began playing tennis at age five with her mother translating instructions from French into German. She was brought up playing left-handed but switched over after being inspired by watching Martina Hingis on television at Wimbledon in 2000. In 2001 she won her first international tournament as part of Germany’s successful under-12 team at an ITF event in Belgium, although she had not yet picked up a racquet herself due to injury problems that prevented her from participating regularly until 2003. Amongst other junior successes, she twice won both singles and doubles titles at Junior Fed Cup competitions before turning professional later that year on October 6th, 2003 (aged 14).
11. Petra Kvitova
Petra Kvitova is a Czech professional tennis player. She is a member of the WTA Tour and also plays for the Czech Republic in the Fed Cup competition. She has won 20 WTA singles titles, including two Grand Slam titles at the 2011 US Open and 2014 Wimbledon Championships, which makes her the only player to have won both championships back-to-back since Steffi Graf in 1993. In addition, she was an accomplished junior who reached No. 1 in the world rankings on January 8th, 2008 (and remained there until March 22nd), becoming one of only six players to hold that rank before turning 18 years old (the others being Venus Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Martina Hingis & Justine Henin).
She achieved career highs by reaching No 3 in 2013 and winning over $25 million in prize money throughout her career thus far with over $3 million coming from endorsements alone!
12. Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic is a Serbian professional tennis player. She is a former world No. 1 and has been ranked No. 1 in the WTA rankings for 21 weeks, more than any other woman except Serena Williams. Ana Ivanovic is one of the few players to have won all three Grand Slams (French Open once, Wimbledon once, and US Open twice) during her career. She was also one of the few active players to have competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China where she won a gold medal along with Jelena Janković as part of Serbia’s silver medal-winning team in the women’s doubles event.
13. Agnieszka Radwanska
Agnieszka Radwanska is a former world no. 1 who won four Grand Slam singles titles and 22 WTA singles titles in her career. In addition to her four grand slams, she has also won six ITF singles tournaments and four WTA doubles tournaments.
It’s hard to imagine that all of these tennis players have made a fortune playing tennis, but it just goes to show the sport is a lucrative one if you are able to win enough matches and make it big on tour.
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