In tennis, like in other sports, every set has a financial price attached to it where winners pocket quite handsomely. But off the court, the professionals earn unimaginable sums with the right connections and legacy.
Sportico recently disclosed the top off-pitch tennis earners from last season, and the top five rankings below might not be what you expected.
- Kei Nishikori-USD $25 million
The 32-year old Japanese has twelve ATP titles to his name, none of them majors, but being one of the few Japanese to shine impeccably in the sport, he bagged the likes of UNIQLO and Japanese Airlines as his sponsors and earns quite handsomely from their endorsements.
- Novak Djokovic-USD $33 Million
The 34-year-old Serbian is currently ranked World No. 1 with 86 ATP titles, including 20 majors, and is arguably one of the best male tennis players of this generation. His various endorsements that pay such an enviable sum also come from Lacoste, NetJets, and a number of other sponsors..
- Serena Williams-USD $35.5 Million.
A common figure in the tennis world for the last two decades, William’s singles and doubles (with her sister Venus) prowess saw her not just win the most Grand Slams in the open era, but also hold the World No.1 spot eight different times.
Motherhood and nearing retirement have clearly not affected the 40-year-old American’s off-court earnings much since she can still pocket millions as the sponsee of big brands like Nike, Pepsi, and IBM, among others.
- Naomi Osaka-USD $55.2 million
As the first Asian to reach the top of the singles rankings, the 24-year-old Japanese made a name for himself that drew not only a large fan base, but also a slew of sponsors and endorsements.Despite his low ranking in the game, the seven-time ATP champion appears to be making a lot of money off the court.
- Roger Federer-$84 million USD
Ranking 16th in the world at 40 is already a huge win, but the Swiss still outdo everyone else as far as endorsement earnings are concerned. With more than 100 ATP titles (20 major) under his belt, his off-tour income is just as enviable as his tour earnings, hence ranking him first on this list.