10 Highest-Paid Tennis Players of All-Time

Playing tennis sure has its many perks and privileges. The prize money, which is getting higher by the year for both male and female categories, is just one of these.

Have you ever wondered who the wealthiest tennis players are? Here are the answers.

1) Novak Djokovic ($133.1 million)

Winning the 2019 Wimbledon single’s title, Djokovic recently out-earn Federer. While his statistics, title-wise, fall short compared with that of Federer, this year’s earnings skyrocket and put him on the top. He had won 74 overall titles. Djokovic has 15 Grand Slam titles: seven Australian Opens, four Wimbledons, three US Opens, and one French Open. Djokovic has separate earnings from his endorsements also, which are usually long-term deals. 

2) Roger Federer ($123.6 million)

The Fed has 101 overall titles and had already won 20 Grand Slam titles. Most of these titles are won at Wimbledon (8), Australian Open (6), US Open (5), and French Open. Federer was the highest-paid tennis player for 13 consecutive years. Forbes also reported that his off-court earnings alone are higher than any other tennis player on this list.

3) Rafael Nadal ($106.9 million)

The Spanish player has 81 overall titles, 17 of which are Grand Slam titles. He had already won 11 French Opens, three US Opens, two Wimbledons, and one Australian Open. Nadal earns millions from his endorsements too as well as from the tennis academy he put up in Manacor, Spain, his hometown.

4) Serena Williams ($88.6 million)

Serena is the leading female tennis player with the highest winnings. She has 23 Grand Slam titles with 72 overall titles. Serena has won seven Wimbledons, seven Australian Opens, six US Opens, and three French Opens. Serena has several sponsors. She was also ranked at the top 1% of the most marketable athletes in the world.

5) Andy Murray ($61.1 million)

Murray has three Grand Slam titles—two Wimbledons and a US Open. The Scottish has 45 overall titles.

6) Pete Sampras ($43.2 million)

Steffi Graf’s better half has 14 Grand Slam titles, 14 of which are Wimbledons. He also has five US Opens and two Australian Opens. He has a total of 64 titles.

7) Venus Williams ($41.3 million)

Venus has seven Grand Slam titles, with five Wimbledons and two US Opens. She has 49 titles.

8) Maria Sharapova ($38.5 million)

Sharapova has already won five Grand Slam titles including two French Opens and Wimbledon, US Open, and Australian Open. She has 36 titles under her belt. Earnings from her endorsements are not included in the figures, though. Sharapova is one of the highest-paid women athletes.

9) Caroline Wozniaki ($33.8 million)

The Danish has one Grand Slam title under her name. However, she has amassed 30 titles throughout her professional career. She has several endorsements also and her own sunglasses line.

10) Stan Wawrinka ($32.4 million)

Wawrinka’s biggest earnings come from his three Grand Slam titles (Australian Open, French Open, and US Open). He had already won 16 titles in total.

 

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Tennis Rising Stars 2019: Watch Out for These 10 Names

Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Williams.

Such names are the Hall of Famers—legendary. They dominate the tennis world ‘til today. But they would eventually fade from prominence. Boris Becker even called out the young tennis players to rise up.

Assuming the mantle may not be easy but these tennis players have all the rights to be the next big stars. 

These names can make the spectators rave with excitement. And they have already started carving out their names on clay, grass, and hard surfaces.

The tennis rising stars of 2019

1) Alexander Zverev

Also called Sascha, the 21-year-old German has already defeated not just Djokovic, but also Federer. He won the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) World Tour Finals in London. He reached Grand Slam quarterfinals once as well.

2) Aryna Sabalenka

The 20-year-old Belarusian started at No. 73 and ended the year at No. 13. The match of the US Open 2018 was given to her, winning against Naomi Osaka in just three sets. She had also won the Wuhan title, weeks after playing at the Open.

3) Amanda Anisimova

Anisimova was already included in the Top 100 even before she hits her 18th birthday this August. The American player had already won the French Open (juniors division) and Orange Bowl titles in 2018.

4) Stefanos Tsitsipas

The Greek player is the 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals men’s singles champion. He had already reached three ATP singles finals only to be defeated by Nadal in two of these. He was one of the strongest contenders of 2019 ATP World Tour.

5) Dominic Thiem

Thiem is one of the prominent names in the ATP World Tour. He reached the French Open final against Rafael Nadal. He has also reached the ATP Finals in London for three straight years.

6) Denis Shapovalov

Shapovalov is a Canadian tennis player who had already hit records in 2018. The 2018 ATP World Tour ranked him at 23. He won the junior grand slam title at the 2016 Wimbledon and the junior doubles title at the 2017 US Open. 

7) Alex de Minaur

De Minaur reached the 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals, leading him to be ranked at No. 31. He had already appeared in the third round of the grand slam singles events. 

8) Nick Kyrgios 

Kyrgios is another Australian on the list, aside from de Minaur. He had already won four ATP singles titles, three of which were from 2016. Krygios had reached the quarterfinals in two grand slam singles events. One of these grand slams was the 2015 Australian Open. 

9) Maria Sakkari

Sakkari was ranked at No. 29 by the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association). In 2018, she reached the semi-finals in Istanbul. But in 2019, Sakkari won the Morrocan Open against Johanna Konta. She had also defeated the top players, Kiki Bertens and Petra Kvitova, in 2019.

10) Bianca Andreescu

Andreescu, who is also a Canadian, is currently ranked 22 by the WTA. Andreescu has already defeated Venus Williams. She also won the 2019 Indian Wells Masters. Martina Navratilova believes she has the potential towards becoming the next tennis superstar.

 

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When Serena Does Serena: 6 Times Williams Rock the Tennis World

Serena Williams is undeniably the greatest woman tennis player of all-time. Her stellar career, however, is marred with outbursts, tantrums, dramas, and an overall attitude that the spectators either take in or ignore. 

Who can forget her explosive retorts against umpire Carlos Ramos in the 2018 US Open?

These are the moments that both Serena, despite having no complete control over a situation, and her fans would rather forget.

The Moments That Took the Tennis World by Surprise

2009 US Open

One time when Serena got confrontational was during the 2009 US Open semi-finals match against Kim Clijsters. The reason was the lineswoman, Shino Tsurubuchi who foot faulted her. 

She contested the decision and argued with the official, launching a tirade of abuse against her. Serena even smashed her racquet during the moment, which turned off a lot of fans. 

It resulted in an $82,500 fine plus $500 for smashing the tennis equipment. Serena also received a suspended ban, two-year probation.

2011 Wimbledon

This could be the darkest moment in Serena’s career with her less-than-enigmatic performance at the 2011 Wimbledon.

In the fourth round, she lost the game to Marion Bartoli. It was her earliest exit in a competition.

What’s worse, Serena plummeted to rank #175. It was her lowest world ranking.

2012-13 season

If there’s one word that can sum up that season, it was injury-plagued. Serena suffered from an injury after an injury.

Successive ankle injuries affected her game while in Australia. She missed several matches then.

At one point, she suffered from a pulmonary embolism. A blood clot was discovered in her lungs, and she underwent emergency surgery. She got over it and recovered completely.

2012 London Olympics

Other than the fact that she defeated one of her supposed rivals, Maria Sharapova, it was the crip walk dance that everyone got talking. She danced as a part of her impromptu celebration without giving much thought about the dance itself.

The crip walk is associated with some of the bloodiest gang-related violence in the United States. Seeing Serena doing it after the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics was tactless. 

2014 Wimbledon

Serena was forced to stop the match because of a viral illness. She was not even able to toss the ball properly due to dizziness.

No one antagonises Serena for what had happened because even the most physically fit can get sick if not for her sister, Venus. They were doing a doubles match at that time and stopping would mean ruining her sister’s chance of progressing further in the competition.

Venus, the ever-doting sister that she is, on the other hand, was seen calmly consoling Serena.

2015 US Open

During a post-match press conference where she defeated her sister, Serena unwillingly answered questions from the members of the press. 

A reporter asked her, “Why aren’t you smiling?” A stroppy Serena retorted by saying she was so tired and did not want to be in front of these people to answer dumb questions from stupid reporters.

She said something like that, and it didn’t sit well with a room full of reporters and media personalities.

 

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