Why Roger Federer Couldn’t Make It to Forbes 2005 Top-Paid Athletes List Along With Andre Agassi and Maria Sharapova?

Published 07/14/2022, 2:47 PM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 07: Roger Federer of Switzerland attends a press conference in the Main Interview Room court after losing his men’s Singles Quarter Final match against Hubert Hurkacz of Poland on Day Nine of The Championships – Wimbledon 2021 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 07, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by AELTC/Joe Toth – Pool/Getty Images)

The Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer is famous for his calm, composed, and down-to-earth self. People adore him for his on-court as well as off-court-court ethics. However, the factor that makes him stand a little taller than other players now was earlier a slight nuisance to his marketability.

Federer, unlike others after touching the peak, didn’t receive a flood of companies on his doorstep. Even though he was holding the ranking of World No.1. As the corporate world didn’t consider his face worthy of representing organizations.


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Roger Federer wasn’t the favorite

In the report from Forbes showcasing the world’s top paid athletes for the year 2005, Federer did not receive a position. In fact, only two tennis entities were present on the list. First was the 8 times Grand Slam champion Andre Agassi, who with an annual income of 28. 2 million dollars held the seventh ranking.


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Second was the Russian tennis ace Maria Sharapova. She made up to the list after claiming the Wimbledon trophy in the year 2004 with an annual income of 18.3 million dollars. Whereas Federer, who earned around 14 million dollars a year, got lost in between entities from basketball and golf.

What was the reason?

There were several reasons behind the former World No.1 not touching the list. Though he was holding the ranking of world No.1 for two consecutive years by then and had already marked 4 Grand Slam under his name, his name wasn’t the first thing that came to tennis fans’ mind when talking about tennis.


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Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 5, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his fourth round match against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego REUTERS/Paul Childs

Why, one might ask. Well, because unlike Andre Agassi, he wasn’t an American tennis player. Therefore, entering the US market was difficult for the Swiss. However, he did have a hold on the corporate market of Switzerland, but the market wasn’t capable of bringing him to the table alongside mega players, such as Tiger Woods.

Further, Federer’s reputation as a fair, dependable and excellent athlete zeroed his status as a flamboyant player. As he didn’t smash his racket and shout during the matches, like John McEnroe did.


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Lastly, the most important aspect that the 20 times Grand Slam champion missed at that time was a rival. Before the Spaniard Rafael Nadal arrived, Federer pretty much dominated every tournament and watching him take an easy win every time brought no fun to tennis fans.



Mahima Verma

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Mahima Verma is a Tennis writer for EssentiallySports. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Hotel Management from IHM Mumbai. A sports enthusiast, particularly Tennis since her childhood, Mahima believes that she is fortunate enough to witness the legends like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Serena Williams play.

Edited By: Jito Tenson