Roger Federer Loses Top Place in Forbes Earners’ List, Drops to Seventh

Published 05/23/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
PARIS, FRANCE May 23. Roger Federer of Switzerland practicing on Court Philippe-Chatrier in preparation for the 2019 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 23rd 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

More than a year away from tennis on account of a knee surgery has seen Roger Federer drop down the earnings scale.


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According to a report published by American magazine Forbes on May 12, Federer, who topped its earners’ list in 2020 with a net revenue of $106 million, has dropped to seventh place this year.

His annual earnings, according to Forbes, fell to $90 million last year, dragging him down the ranking scale.


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While losing the top rank, the Swiss is still going strong in terms of his advertisement revenue and is currently at sixth, just a slot behind Brazilian and former Barcelona FC soccer superstar Neymar Junior.

The 14-month absence from the men’s Tour for recovery and rehabilitation saw the champion skip several events, including Grand Slams.

After withdrawing from this year’s Australian Open for the first time in his career, citing the need for more time and training to regain top shape, Federer returned to the Tour at Doha.

Though he marked his comeback match against British No.1 Dan Evans with a win, the eight-time Wimbledon champion crashed after losing his next to eventual champion Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia.

Tennis – ATP 250 – Geneva Open – Tennis Club de Geneve, Geneva, Switzerland – May 18, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer reacts during his round of 16 match against Spain’s Pablo Andujar REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

The Swiss chose to skip a few more events, including the big-ticket Miami Open, thereafter to focus on training for the grass court season.

Federer marked his return to clay in Geneva with a loss

Even as speculations around his return to Roland-Garros abounded, Federer made it official after confirming his maiden appearance at Geneva Open and participation at the French Open.


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However, his return to clay in his homeland ended in anti-climax and huge disappointment as he lost his Geneva opener to veteran Spaniard Pablo Andujar.


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Disappointed with the Geneva outcome, Federer conceded that he isn’t realistically looking at a championship run at Roland-Garros and will focus instead on his preparations for Wimbledon. 


Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.