‘Raduclownu!’ – Tennis Fans Bash Emma Raducanu for Featuring Alongside Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka on Forbes Highest Paid Female Athletes List

Published 12/23/2022, 6:30 AM EST
Oct 8, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Emma Raducanu (GBR) reacts after losing a point to Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Everyone is busy bidding adieu to 2022, and so is Forbes. Recently, Forbes released the list of highest-paid female athletes. And, surprisingly, 4 of the top 5 spots are filled by tennis players. While the inclusion of some names was anticipated by fans, there were a few whose inclusion infuriated many. Who was the player who managed to rile up the fans by making it into the top 5 of the highest earning athletes? It was none other than Emma Raducanu. Yes, the British tennis star has surely landed on the bad side of fans due to her dismal performance on the 2022 WTA Tour.

An athlete earns from multiple sources, like prize money, endorsements, and businesses. Thus, there are a few players on the list whose performance and earnings have little correlation.

Emma Raducanu faces heat on Twitter due to record-breaking earnings in 2022


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2022 has been a fruitful year for Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams as they took home the highest revenue, mostly from endorsements, to grab the top spots. Same has been the case for the British tennis player, who despite underperforming was able to make a huge earning of $18.7 million. What enraged the fans was, the presence of the incumbent World No.1 featuring below Raducanu, despite claiming 2 Grand Slam titles in 2022.

And in no time, Raducanu appeared on the fans’ hit list.

One fan took note of her presence on the list and said, “Raduclownu is so overpaid lol Jesus Christ.”

While others took the side of the rising British star.

Some fans didn’t even spare the former World No.1 and Japanese tennis star, Osaka.

While some tennis fans were happy about tennis players dominating the list, but were shocked at Osaka, Raducanu, and Serena, for not playing and still being on top.


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While some related the players’ earnings to their nationality.

Others couldn’t help but be sarcastic. A fan tweeted,“I expected Raducanu to be higher, maybe she never works again in her life.”  (Google Translate)


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Well, Raducanu is an emerging player and could turn the tables anytime. However, the year has not been a fruitful one for the Brit, as she failed to realize her potential time and again.

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Let’s hope the coming year brings the best of the 2021 US Open champion.

What do you have to say about Emma Raducanu’s earnings? Do let us know in the comments!



Deepakshi Chaudhary

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Deepakshi Chaudhary is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. She is currently pursuing her Masters at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, and has worked as an editor for a reputed sports website. Watching Serena Williams dominate the WTA Tour in her heyday is what inspired Deepakshi to follow tennis.

Edited By: Tony Thomas