It goes without saying that tennis can be a very lucrative sport, particularly for those who manage to stay at the top of the game for a considerable length of time.
1. Roger Federer – $900 million
We had to double-check this one, but it’s accurate! The 39-year-old won his first Grand Slam in 2003 (when he was victorious at Wimbledon) and has never looked back. Federer has won a staggering 103 tournaments in his illustrious career – including a record-equalling 20 Grand Slam titles.
However, it is off the court where Federer has really raked in the cash. Estimated to have earned $770 million from outside deals with the likes of Rolex, Mercedes and Moet over the last two decades, the Swiss superstar is well clear of his peers in the net worth stakes.
2. Novak Djokovic – $220 million
The 34-year-old Serbian has triumphed on no less than 18 occasions on the Grand Slam stage, with prize money accounting for the majority of his net worth. His association with companies such as Raiffeisen Bank International, Adidas and Bombadier Aerospace has also helped to swell his coffers.
3. Serena Williams – $200 million
Serena Williams holds more Grand Slam titles than anyone on this list (23). The 39-year-old American is rightly regarded as the greatest female player of all time – and has the bank balance to back it up. Serena has earned an estimated $93.5 million on the court, but has also been in great demand off it as well. Endorsements deals with IBM, Beats By Dre, Aston Martin and others have netted her well in excess of nine figures during her career.
4. Rafael Nadal – $190 million
Co-holder of the record for the most men’s Grand Slam victories in history with 20, the 34-year-old Spaniard might well be higher on this list if it were not for injuries in recent years. Nadal has still earned an eye-watering $121 million in career prize money, helped by having won the French Open no less than 14 times! Brands like Nike and Tommy Hilfiger have also paid ‘The Raging Bull’ over the years from his association with them.
5. Andre Agassi – $175 million
6. Andy Murray – $165 million
7. Pete Sampras – $150 million
8. Maria Sharapova – $135 million
9. John McEnroe – $100 million
10. Venus Williams – $95 million