Top 10 Richest Tennis Players
Athletes get to play the sport they love and get paid handsomely for it, but many of them make more bucks off the court endorsing already famous brands. In tennis, the rule is the same. Here are 10 top tennis money makers who rake in millions whether or not they win the game.
Roger Federer Net Worth $180 Million
Swiss-born Roger Federer tops the list of the world’s wealthiest tennis players with a net worth of $180 million. He is also currently the highest paid tennis player with yearly earnings from prize money and endorsements totalling $71.5 million. The 32-year-old, dubbed the King of Tennis, is considered the greatest tennis player of all time.
Andre Agassi Net Worth $175 Million
Andre Agassi already retired but in his heyday was the World’s No. 1 tennis player. The eight-time Grand Slam champion who is married to another tennis great, Steffi Graf, amassed his wealth while dominating the world of tennis in the 1990s and mid-2000s. Not bad for someone who, in his tell-all book, swore he hated the game. Whether he loves the game or not, one thing is certain, he is one of the richest tennis players in the world.
Pete Sampras Net Worth $150 Million
Retired tennis player Pete Sampras has 14 Grand Slam titles under his belt. He won his first at the age of 19. The 42-year-old is still involved in tennis, playing occasionally at exhibition matches, but most of his time is now spent with his wife and two children in their California home.
Serena Williams Net Worth $100 Million
Currently ranked No. 1 in women’s singles, Serena Williams is the lone female tennis player to have banked a total of $50 million in prize money. Off the court, she reportedly pockets $20 million a year endorsing such brands as Nike, Gatorade and Kraft Foods.
Maria Sharapova Net Worth $90 Million
Russian-born Maria Sharapova may only be fifth on the list of richest tennis players but she is currently the world’s highest-paid female athlete with yearly earnings of $29 million, mostly from her sponsors. The 26-year-old, ranked by Maxim as the hottest female athlete in 2006, endorses Nike, Evian, Samsung and Porsche. She launched her tennis clothing line in 2010 and a candy line, Sugarpova, in 2013.
Rafael Nadal Net Worth $80 Million
Rafael Nadal, currently the world’s No. 1 and Spain’s most important contribution to tennis, earns an estimated $33.2 million yearly from prize money and endorsements. His sponsors include Nike, Richard Mille and Bacardi, to name a few.
Venus Williams Net Worth $60 Million
Serena’s older sis Venus has a good business head on her muscular shoulders. She is the CEO and founder of sports and casual clothing line EleVen and interior design company V Starr Interiors. She counts Reebok, American Express, Puma, and Avon among her sponsors. The three-time Olympic Gold medallist and 22 Grand Slam winner reportedly earns $10.4 million yearly on and off the court.
Novak Djokovic Net Worth $60 Million
Serbian tennis sensation Novak Djokovic earns $19.8 million annually from prize money and sponsorship deals with Mercedez-Benz, Audemars Piguet, and Serbian telecom company Telekom Srbija. He has also ventured into real estate and commodities trading, and owns a number of coffee shops in his home country.
Anna Kournikova Net Worth $50 Million
Who needs tennis titles when you’re as pretty as Russian-born Anna Kournikova? The 32-year-old former tennis pin-up never bagged a professional singles title but before her 2007 retirement she was pocketing as much as $10 million a year from lucrative endorsement deals with the likes of Adidas, Lycos, Omega Watches and Berlei sports bras.
John McEnroe Net Worth $50 Million
The former World No. 1 with 7 grand slam single titles is now retired from tennis but he was a top money maker during his active years, endorsing the likes of Nike and Sergio Tacchini. The 54-year-old tennis star who was known for his violent antics on the court continues to play at senior events and has carved a name for himself as a TV tennis commentator.