Tennis sports is not as popular as Soccer game. Nevertheless, the game of tennis has grown tremendously over the years.
Major tennis tournaments like US open, Wimbledon, Australia open and French open continues to rake up record attendance and huge sponsorship.
Not so many people have realized how lucrative the tennis sports have become. Unlike in soccer, where there is a huge disparity in earnings between male players and female players, in tennis such disparity does not exist.
The price money for grand slams is pegged at flat rate for both male and female players. Not so many soccer fans would have realised or agree that top tennis player Roger Federer earned more money than Cristiano Ronaldo in 2019.
The above fact has shown how lucrative and attractive the tennis game has become. For tennis fans and general sports lovers, Nigerian Informer have compiled a list of five (5) best paid tennis players.
These players are raking millions of dollars both in prize money and endorsements.
5 Best Paid Tennis Players
1. Roger Federer
Roger Federer is the highest paid tennis player according to highly respected Forbes magazine.
The swiss born professional tennis player retains the highest paid tennis athlete for the 14th time with $93. 4 million money prize and other commercial activities like endorsements appearance fees.
The 39-year-old tennis player is ranked 3rd in the men’s singles tennis by Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
Federer have the highest number of sponsorships deals among the league of top tennis players. He earned over $60 million from combined sponsorship deals.
He is well ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, James LeBron and Tiger Woods in sponsorship earnings.
2. Novak Djokovic
Djokovic is second highest paid tennis player. The Serbia professional tennis player earned a total of $50.6 million in 12 months.
Novak Djokovic is ranked no. 1 in men’s singles by Association of Tennis Professionals.
3. Kei Nishikori
Nishikori is the 3rd best paid tennis player with earnings in the region of $37.3 million. He is the only Japanese tennis professional to be have been ranked in the top 5 of men’s singles.
The 31 years old tennis player is ranked no. 26 in men’s singles by Association of Tennis Professionals.
4. Rafael Nadal
Nadal is the 4th highest paid tennis player. The Spanish tennis professional took to bank a whopping $37 million in 12 months. Currently he ranks no. 2 in men’s singles.
5. Serena Williams
Serena Williams is the 5th highest paid tennis player and highest paid female tennis player. The American tennis player earned $29.2 million in 12 months.
Serena who is now a mother has long lost her no. 1 position as best female tennis player. Nevertheless, she hasn’t lost her endorsement and sponsorship prowess with most of her earnings coming through endorsements.