Tennis is widely considered as one of the Most popular and top class huge earning games of modern sports. Starting from tournaments earning till the sponsorships and endorsement of big brands such as Puma, Adidas and Nike, tennis stars used to, and still do, sit on a huge pile of cash. The legacy of the high earning was started by former American tennis player Ivan Lendl who a total amount of $21,262,417 back in 1994. This record still holds the tenth place of greatest career-earning by any male tennis player, and after adjusting the inflation rate it, becomes the 7th best of all time with a modern day value for his achievement of $33,038,525.
Huge earning for female tennis players can be traced since the time of Steffi Graf when she achieved a total career earning of $21,895,277 and became one of the richest female tennis players of all time. Tennis players, male or female, earn more cash from sponsorships than their career achievements, such as Roger Federer who achieved only $4.2 million prize money last year, but with his breathtaking $52 million worth of endorsements, became the richest tennis player of this year. There are many players who are considered as one the richest athletes of modern days, so here is the list of top 10 richest tennis players of all time.
Top 10 Richest Tennis Players of All Time
10. Anna Kournikova
Russian-American retired tennis player Anna Kournikova achieved amazing success playing doubles with her partner Martina Hingis and the duo was nicknamed the “Spice Girls of Tennis”. The duo won Australian open in women’s doubles in 1999 and 2002 and also reached the finals at 1999 French Open. She was one of the most searched images during her peak performance and celebrity status. She reached the Semifinals at 1997 Wimbledon women’s singles championship and also reached the quarterfinal at 2001 Australian Open. After her retirement in 2007 due to severe spinal problems, she became the trainer for season 12 of the television show The Biggest Loser. Her net worth is estimated $50 million with her total ATP career earning of $3,584,662.
9. Andy Murray
Scottish tennis player Andy Murray is the British No. 1 male tennis player since 27 February 2006 and currently ranked world no.9. He became the first British male to win a Grand Slam singles after he achieved the 2012 US Open. He won 28 major titles and also achieved his career highest world no.2 ranking on three separate occasions. Murray achieved 2013 Wimbledon title, 2012 US Open title and also participated in Australian Open finals three times. He also won the gold medal in men’s singles at 2012 London Olympic Games. During his top form in 2013, he was named Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year, Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland and BBC Sports Personality of the Year. With his career earning of $32,083,768, which is the 5th highest in tennis history, he has an estimated net worth of $70 million dollars.
8. Venus Williams
American tennis player and sister of current world no.1 Serena Williams, Venus Williams, also ranked World No. 1 in singles by the WTA on three separate occasions, starting from February 25, 2002, when she reached the top place for the first time and became the first African-American woman to achieve the honor. Venus is currently ranked World No. 19 in singles. She won 13 Grand Slam Doubles titles and 9 Grand Slam singles titles which includes 5 Wimbledon, 2 US Open and 2002 French Open in singles. She won gold medal in singles at 2000 Sydney Olympic and also achieved 3 Olympic gold medals in woman’s doubles with her sister. The Williams sister has won 13 Grand Slam doubles titles till now. Her net worth is estimated $75 million with her total ATP career earnings of $30,122,776.
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7. Maria Sharapova
Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova ranked world No. 1 in singles for a total of 21 weeks on five separate occasions starting from August 22, 2005, when she reached the position for the first time. She is currently ranked world no. 4 and already won 32 WTA singles titles in her career. She won 5 Grand Slam titles which include 2 French Open, 2004 Wimbledon and 2006 US Open. She is one of the six women in the Open Era to complete the career Grand Slam and enlisted in “30 Legends of Women’s Tennis: Past, Present and Future” by Time.
With her total ATP career earnings of $30,892,067, her net worth reaches $90 million which is the second most by any female tennis player in history. Sharapova ranked in the 34th position, which is the best by any female tennis player, in the list of The World’s Highest-Paid Athletes of 2014 by Forbes with her $2.4 million earning and $22 million-endorsement last year.
6. Novak Djokovic
Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic held the No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings for a total of 112 weeks and is currently ranked World No. 1. He is the sixth male player to win three Grand Slams in a calendar year and the fifth player to reach the final of all four Grand Slam singles tournaments consecutively. Djokovic won 9 Grand Slam singles title which includes 4 times Australian Open, 2 Wimbledon and 2 French Open Runner Up. He is also the key member of the 2010 Davis Cup winning Serbian team. His net worth is estimated $90 Million with his total ATP career earning of $66,149,345. Djokovic ranked in the 17th position, which is the third best by any tennis player, in the list of The World’s Highest-Paid Athletes of 2014 by Forbes with his $12.1 million earning and $21 million worth of endorsements last year.
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5. Rafael Nadal
Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal is widely regarded as the best clay court player in history and was nicknamed “The King of Clay.” He is currently ranked world No. 2 and achieved the world no.1 place for the first time on 18 August 2008. He won 64 singles career title which includes a record 27 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and also a record 15 ATP World Tour 500. He achieved 14 Grand Slam singles titles in his career which is decorated with 9 French Open, 2 Wimbledon and twice the US Open. His net worth is estimated $100 million, with a total ATP career earning of $70,704,129. Nadal ranked in the 9th position, which is the second best after Federer, in the list of The World’s Highest-Paid Athletes of 2014 by Forbes with his $14.5 million earning and $30 million-endorsement last year.
4. Serena Williams
American tennis player Serena Williams is the oldest world no. 1 player in WTA’s history. She is currently holding the world no.1 position and achieved the top place for the first time on July 8, 2002. Serena won 33 Major international titles which include 5 Wimbledon titles, 5 Australian Open and 6 US Open. She achieved a gold medal in Woman’s single at 2012 London Olympic Games and also achieved 3 more gold medals in Woman’s doubles event in Olympic. With her total ATP career earning of $60,881,179, her net worth goes to a breathtaking $120 million which is the most by any female tennis player in history. Serena ranked in the 55th position, which is the third best by any female tennis player, in the list of The World’s Highest-Paid Athletes of 2014 by Forbes with her $11 million earning and $11 million worth of endorsements last year.
3. Pete Sampras
American retired tennis player Pete Sampras was the first player to break the record of 12 Grand Slams by Roy Emerson. He is the last American male tennis player to win Wimbledon and ATP World Tour Finals. He won 5 ATP year-end World Championships, 2 Grand Slam Cups, and 14 Grand Slam singles titles which include 7 Wimbledon, 5 US Open and twice the Australian open in his career. Sampras holds the record of most year-end world no. 1 ranking with his six consecutive years top position holding from 1993 to 1998. With his career earning of $43,280,450, which is the 4th highest in tennis history, he has a net worth of $150 million dollars. He retired from professional tennis in 2002 after he became the oldest male Open champion at the age of 31.
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2. Andre Agassi
American retired tennis player Andre Agassi was the most dominant tennis player in 1990 to 2000 period. He reached the world no. 1 ranking in April 1995 for the first time and held that position for a total 30 weeks consecutively. He was the first male tennis player to win all four Grand Slams on all three surfaces and achieved 17 ATP Masters Series titles in his career. Agassi also won 8 Grand Slam singles titles which include 1992 Wimbledon, 2 times US Open and 4 times Australian Open. With his career earnings of $31,152,975, which is the 6th highest in tennis history, he has a net worth of $175 million. He retired from the professional circuit on September 3, 2006 and was stated as “perhaps the biggest worldwide star in the sport’s history” by BBC upon his retirement.
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1. Roger Federer
Swiss professional tennis player Roger Federer is currently ranked ATP world no. 3 and widely regarded as the greatest tennis player of all time. He was ranked world no. 1 for a total 302 weeks which include a 237-week stretch consecutively. He reached each of the Grand Slam Finals at least five times and has already won 17 Grand Slam singles titles which include 7 Wimbledon and 5 US Open. Federer was the first tennis player in both male and female to earn more than $50 million prize money in a single year. With his total ATP career earning of $81 million, his net worth goes to a whopping $300 million. Federer ranked in the 7th position, which is the best by any tennis player, in the list of The World’s Highest-Paid Athletes of 2014 by Forbes with his $4.2 million earning and $52 Million endorsement last year.
Another notable mention on this list is Chinese female tennis player Li Na. She is currently ranked world no.6 and achieved her career high ranking of world no.2 in February this year. Li Na won 2014 Women’s singles Wimbledon and achieved the 2011 French Open title. She earned an estimated $23.6 million last year which includes $5.6 million earning and $18 million endorsement and sponsorship according to recent year’s list of World’s Highest-Paid Athletes by Forbes.