This year Forbes announced the world’s highest-paid athletes and on that list, five elite tennis players have made it to the top 100 spots on the Forbes list and which makes them the highest-paid tennis players in the world.
1. Roger Federer
To begin with, the global ambassador of the sport of tennis, Roger Federer takes the fifth position on the Forbes list and he is ranked first on the record of highest-paid tennis players.
According to Forbes, the Swiss maestro’s annual earnings add up to $93.4 million which incorporates his yearly paycheck of $7.4 million from the ATP circuit and he earns $86 million from his endorsements with Uniqlo, Wilson, Rolex, Lindt, Moet Chandon, Barilla and many other brands.
2. Novak Djokovic
The Serbian World Number one tennis player, Novak Djokovic is ranked 17th on the Forbes list and he is second on the roll of highest-paid tennis players. When he pulled for his ‘Nole Slam’ in the year 2016, he became the first tennis player to win $100 million in prize money.
Presently, Djokovic’s earnings sum up to $50.6 million. By breaking down the figure, his ATP wages are $20.6 million and his sponsorship deals with Lacoste, Jacob’s Creek, Japanese watch manufacturer Seiko and tennis equipment manufacturers, Head pay him about $30 million in the endorsements account.
3. Kei Nishikori
The third contestant on the list of highest-paid tennis players is the Asian ATP face, Kei Nishikori. He is the ranked number 35 on the Forbes list. The bronze medalist at Rio Olympics, Nishikori has consistently made to the quarterfinals of all Grand Slams and in 2014 he could reach the finals at US Open 2014.
His total earnings aggregate to $37.3 million, which includes his salary of $4.3 million and his endorsements pay him $33 million. His sponsorship deals incorporate Uniqlo clothing, Nissin Foods, TAG Heuer, LVMH Moet Hennessy, Japanese financial services firm Jaccs Co., Delta Air Lines, Japan Airlines, etc.
4. Rafael Nadal
World Number two, Rafael Nadal is ranked 37th globally and fourth in terms of highest-paid tennis players. The ATP board pays him, $9 million for the lethal lasso forehands which his slams on the tennis court and besides that he earns $26 million from endorsements. The 18-time Grand Slam champion, Nadal uses Babolat tennis racquets, he wears Nike tennis gears and KIA motors have been sponsoring him from 2006.
5. Serena Williams
The only female athlete on the record of world’s highest-paid athletes, Serena Williams is ranked 63rd on the Forbes list. She is in the fifth place when referred to the highest-paid tennis players.
The American’s earnings sum up to $29.2 million. From WTA, Williams draws about $4.2 million and her endorsements get her $25 million. Apart from Nike and Wilson, she has deals with Gatorade, OnePiece, IBM, Mini, Intel, Tempur and Chase Bank. Also, she is engaged in other business ventures.