Tennis players at the top of their game can earn good money: good enough to make them multi-millionaires. Like in other sports, their earnings come from a combination of prize money, endorsements and sponsorship deals. Unlike in many other sports, however, more women feature among the top earners, slowly but surely closing the gender wage gap. Here are some of the richest tennis players in the world. All earnings in US dollars.
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Roger Federer has won more Grand Slam titles — twenty of them — than any other player in history. His wholesome image has made him popular with sponsors too. According to Sporting News, Federer is worth around $450 million, of which a little over $115 million has come in the form of prize money. It’s probably wise that the Swiss tennis player lives in one of the world’s top tax havens.
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Novak Djokovic is immensely popular with fans and has a huge following on social media. He’s also one of the highest paid tennis stars in the world. Since 2013, he’s earned more than $25 million per year and according to Verdict he could rake in $100 million in 2018. Verdict also says that the Serbian star’s net worth is around $200 million.
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Serena Williams may not be one of the world’s richest women yet but she’s well on her way. According to Celebrity Net Worth, she has around $180 million to her name, more than $70 million of which has come from prize money. This makes her the highest paid female tennis player of all time.
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With around $115 million to her name, according to Spear’s, Russia’s Maria Sharapova is among the top earners in women’s tennis. Much of her money comes from endorsements and modelling assignments. However, she’s a very good player too, having been ranked no. 1 five times.
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Rafael Nadal is consistently among the best tennis players in the world. The Spaniard is also among the top earners, with a net worth of more than $100 million, according to Business Insider. In 2017, he earned around $27 million just in endorsements. It helps that he’s avoided celebrity product endorsements that were total disasters.
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According to Sportskeeda, Caroline Wozniacki is one of the most underrated tennis players in the world. However, she’s also one of the best paid. The Danish star has a net worth of around $180 million. Only about $28 million of this has come from prize money. A big chunk comes from endorsements. However businesses like a restaurant, her signature vodka and her own perfume mean that she’s learned the millionaire secrets of your rich neighbours.
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According to the Daily Mail, Scottish tennis star and former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is worth about $100 million. Around $60 million of his wealth comes from prize money, placing him among the top earners in all-time career earnings in tennis.
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There are ways to retire with less money but the legendary Pete Sampras doesn’t need to worry about that. One of the best tennis players of all time, Sampras is worth around $150 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. He worked hard during his 14-year career, winning 14 Grand Slam titles before retiring in 2002.
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For more than two decades now, two American sisters have dominated women’s tennis. Venus Williams may not be as rich as her sister Serena but she’s pretty well off. According to The Street, she’s worth around $95 million, with about $40.5 million coming from prize money. As a savvy investor, Venus Williams is most likely familiar with the financial terms most Canadians don’t know.
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Japan is one of the countries with the most billionaires. While Kei Nishikori isn’t quite there yet, he is the highest paid Asian tennis player. The Japanese tennis star is worth around $40 million, according to TSM Sportz, with the vast majority of his earnings coming from endorsement deals.
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During his career, Andre Agassi was known as much for his off-court antics as for his championship-winning style. This made him popular with fans and sponsors and helped push his net worth to an estimated $175 million, according to The Richest. He is also one half of the most legendary tennis couples of all time.
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Compared to her husband Andre Agassi, German tennis legend Steffi Graf is poor. However, she’s still one of the richest female tennis players, with a net worth of around $30 million according to The Richest. Whether the golden couple of tennis will be among the millionaires who won’t leave their children much money remains to be seen. What is almost certain, though, is that their children will inherit extraordinary tennis talent.
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She may never have been one of the top female tennis players, not having one singles title to her name, but during her career Anna Kournikova was one of the most famous female tennis stars. Companies fell over their feet trying to get her to endorse their products and this has pushed her net worth to around $50 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
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Taking up a new activity is one of the best things to do after you retire. John McEnroe did just that, becoming a tennis commentator and taking on bit parts as an actor since his retirement from the singles tour in 1994. Legendary for his fiery temper, he is also one of the greatest tennis players of all time. According to The Richest, he has a net worth of about $50 million.
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China’s Li Na was the first tennis player from eastern Asia to win a Grand Slam singles title. Her success has helped make tennis more popular in the region and has also earned her a pretty sum in prize money and endorsement deals. According to Celebrity Net Worth, she has about $50 million to her name.
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Ivan Lendl was probably the greatest tennis player who never managed to win Wimbledon. However, he won plenty of other titles and according to The Richest, he's worth $40 million. The Czech-American tennis legend retired in 1994 and has since found one of the best jobs for retirees: he has become a mentor and coach to Andy Murray.
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One of the greatest female tennis stars of the Seventies and Eighties, Chris Evert played at a time when women’s earnings still lagged far behind those of men. However, she managed to keep her bank balance well in the black all these years. According to Players Wiki, she’s worth around $24 million, making her one of the richest female tennis players of all time.
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Andy Roddick was wise in choosing one of those jobs that let you retire early. He turned pro at the age of 18 and was only 30 when he retired in 2012. According to Bankrate, during his short but stellar career he built up a net worth of about $30 million.
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There are several jobs that don’t require a degree but still pay well. Michael Chang proved that sometimes you don’t even need to finish high school. He dropped out of tenth grade to pursue his tennis career and at 17 he became the youngest Grand Slam winner ever. Celebrity Net Worth says that he's worth $30 million, making him one of the richest male tennis stars of all time. These days he coaches Kei Nishikori.
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Boris Becker isn’t actually one of the richest tennis players in the world. He used to be, though, with a net worth of $167 million, according to Tennis World. The problem was that since he won Wimbledon at only 17, he ignored all the signs that he’d retire broke. Squandering money, racking up debts and having a very costly divorce all led to his filing for bankruptcy in 2017.