KING! Roger Federer Remains the Highest-Paid Tennis Player Despite Not Playing for a Year

Published 05/11/2022, 7:57 AM EDT
PERTH, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 05: Roger Federer of Switzerland cheers on Belinda Bencic in the women’s singles final against Angelique Kerber of Germany during day eight of the 2019 Hopman Cup at RAC Arena on January 05, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Roger Federer has been out of the tour for almost a year now. However, his magnificent aura and his contribution to the sporting world have kept him the highest-earning tennis player. According to recently published data, Roger Federer has made a whopping $85.7 Million in 2022. The list also features several other elite active as well as ex-players from other sports.

Roger Federer earning without playing

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Since the time he turned pro in 1998, Federer has been a player that the whole world looks up to. Climbing the ladder of success in the most rapid way, Federer today stands as one of the greatest players of all time. Last year at the 2021 Wimbledon, Federer was eyeing his 9th title, when he suffered a quarterfinal loss. Post the loss, he had to undergo a third surgery on his knee. The Swiss grace has been out of the tour ever since then.

However, being out of the tour hasn’t stopped Federer from filling up his bank account. In recent data published by the Sports-Business website Sportico, Roger Federer, with $85.7 Million is the highest-earning tennis player. One may wonder how come the former World No. 1 made such an amount even after being out of the tour. The answer to the question is, through endorsements.

Having one of the most gracious careers, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that Federer is one of the most well-known tennis players in the world. Taking that into consideration, he is also one of the most profitable celebrity faces for brand endorsements. Being an endorser of a number of brands, Federer made $80 million out of the total $80.7 million from endorsements.

His endorsements include Rolex, Uniqlo, Wilson, Credit Suisse, Lindt, Sunrise, and Jura Elektroapparate, Mercedes-Benz. Gillette, Barilla, Rimowa, Sunrise, On, and Moët & Chandon.

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Other tennis players on the list are Naomi Osaka with $53.2 Million, and Serena Williams with $35.3 Million.

DOHA, QATAR – MARCH 10: Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning his match against Dan Evans of Great Britain on Day 3 of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on March 10, 2021 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

The much-awaited comeback of Federer

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Roger Federer has been out of the tour since June last year. After much waiting, Federer finally gave his fans a reason to rejoice as he announced his comeback a few days ago. The Swiss will make a comeback to tennis at the Laver Cup in September. However, he will make his tour comeback in his home country at the Swiss Indoors Basel in October.

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Ahmar Wasif

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Ahmar Wasif is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is a national level tennis player and has a number of titles to his name. His experience on the court allows him to incorporate a deeper understanding in his coverage of the sport.

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