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Top 5 Richest Tennis Players in 2020

One of the best sports, where both female and male are on equal grounds and opportunities, is tennis. This is because nowadays, most tennis sporting events offer the same amounts of prize money. It has opened a lot of opportunities for many, especially for bettors, to gain better chances of winning. With a diverse set of tennis players, there are so many choices to choose from. 

As one of the most popular and biggest non-team sports, there is no question as to why many tennis players have profited and took on endorsement deals, offering millions so that they can support the brand. You can see many known companies that try to get famous players from wearing their clothes or consuming their products.

Below is the list of the wealthiest active tennis players who did not retire before July 2019 from all over the world. They have gained a lot because of the sport not just from the prize money but also through endorsement deals, promotions, and others.

Roger Federer

At the top of this list is none other than Roger Federer. He has raked in a total of $130 million in prize money in his whole career. He is the greatest tennis player of all time with 103 career titles under his belt. Undoubtedly, many have sought him for huge sponsorships and endorsement deals, among which are Uniqlo, Rolex, Mercedes, Wilson and Sunrise, Moet & Chandon. He also has a whopping record of 20 Grand Slam singles titles and an impressive net worth of $450 million. This makes him the richest tennis player in the world.

Novak Djokovic

This 32-year-old tennis player has solidified himself as the second richest player with a net worth of $220 million. Djokovic started his career as a professional tennis player in 2003 and has won 17 Grand Slam singles. He has a career total of 76 titles. He is currently ranked number one in ATP and has a total prize money of $143 million. Djokovic’s endorsements include but are not limited to the following: Uniqlo, Bombardier Aerospace, Mercedes Benz, and Sergio Tacchini.   

Rafael Nadal

This player is one of the elites in tennis. He currently ranks number two when it comes to endorsement deals, but third in the list because of his net worth, which is $200 million. He has contracts with Kia Motors, Nike, Telefonica, Tommy Hilfiger, etc. Nadal is also one of the best with his 85 career titles, which includes 19 Grand Slam singles and 2 Olympic gold medals. His career prize money is $121 million. That is why there is nothing to doubt as to why he is one of the most accomplished tennis players. 

Serena Williams

If you are an avid fan of women tennis players, then the name Serena Williams will surely pop up. This queen of the tennis court is the richest female tennis player with a net worth of $180 million. She has been ranked number one in WTA for at least 8 times and holds 73 titles, which include 23 Grand Slam singles, 4 gold medals, and 14 Grand Slam doubles, among other things. Williams also has a total of $92.7 million in prize money, and endorsement deals with IBM, Delta Airlines, Gatorade, Aston Martin, and many more!

Maria Sharapova

This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning one of Williams’ rivals, Maria Sharapova. She became number one in WTA when she was just barely 18 years old. She has 36 titles in her record, including but not limited to 5 Grand Slam singles titles. Sharapova has a net worth of $135 million and a career prize money of $38.7 million. She is also known for her countless huge endorsements. That is why since 2006 until 2016, Forbes had ranked her as the highest-earning female athlete. Another that makes her the fifth richest tennis player is that she owns a candy company known as Sugarpova. This adds to her overall profits.

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4 of the Biggest Scandals in Pro Tennis

Every sport has its fair share of shocking news and controversies. Pro tennis is no exception. BBC even called it a sport riddled with corruption

BBC is right. Below are some of the biggest scandals to hit pro tennis.

A paternity suit

It began with a seemingly faultless sexual encounter at a London restaurant, but it began one of Boris Becker’s worst nightmares. Angela Ermakova, the Russian model, came forward and accused Becker of impregnating her.

Becker initially denied anything about it until 2001 when he acknowledged the paternity of Anna—the product of their well-publicised encounter inside the broom cupboard of Nobu. 

Becker shares joint custody of Anna, 19, who followed her mother’s footsteps as a model.

Drug test fails

Several tennis players—men and women—failed drug tests time and again.

In 1997, Andre Agassi hit the lowest point of his tennis career when traces of crystal meth was found on his samples. He wrote to the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) claiming that a friend spiked his drink. The ATP believed him and served him a warning.

In his 2009 autobiography, however, Agassi admitted using crystal met and that he lied on the letter.

Martina Hingis retired shortly after failing a drug test that found cocaine in her system, at only 27 years old. That was in 2007.

In 2013, her ex-husband accused Hingis of serial adultery. According to him, he found her with another man on their bed a year after their 2010 wedding.

In 2016, Maria Sharapova received a two-year ban following a test that found meldonium, a banned substance, on her system. 

Her team filed an appeal that successfully reduced her violations to 15 months. She resumed playing in 2017.

Rafael Nadal was also accused of failing the doping test after his seven months hiatus in 2012 due to an injury. The accuser was ex-Health and Sports Minister Roselyne Bachelot.

This caused quite a stir involving the Spanish Olympic Committee who claimed that Nadal was subject to several anti-doping controls. The then High Sports Council President, Miguel Cardenal, said that the accusation was a slander of an important athlete in history.

Nadal sued Bachelot in 2016. He won the case, and Bechelot was fined €12,000.

Locker room altercation

Nick Kyrgios is known for his crude behaviour on and off-court. After a match against Stan Wawrinka at the 2015 Rogers Cup, Kyrgios threw obscene comments on his opponent’s girlfriend. 

A fight ensued. Kyrgios underwent a probationary period for six months and fined $10,000 by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). 

Wawrinka, on the other hand, took it to Twitter to air his disappointment. He said, “What was said I wouldn’t say to my worst enemy.” 

Match-fixing

Match-fixing is a controversy that the tennis world has yet to solve. 

Daniel Koellerer, an Austrian player, received a lifetime ban after he was found liable of betting-related charges. 

He was initially fined with $100,000, but the court decided to overturn the decision since Koellerer hasn’t benefited from any of it.

Also, Koellerer once raised the ire of Stefan Koubek after losing a match between them. In 2010 National Tennis League, Koubek turned abusive, shouting expletives. At one point, he choked Koellerer while changing courts. 

Koubek was quickly disqualified, and the umpire cancelled the match.

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8 Tennis Players that Could be Serena Williams’ Heir

With 23 titles under her belt, Serena Williams is hailed as one of the best woman tennis players, if not the best.

Who can ever replace Williams’ place and take over the throne? So okay, she was displaced several times as world’s No. 1. But the article is talking about her legacy of winning.

At the recently concluded US Open Finals, Bianca Andreescu won her maiden Grand Slam title with 6-3, 7-5. Other than that, she has a fantastic record this year so far at 45-4, beating the top 10 players including Williams.

But Andreescu, the 2019 US Open Finals champion, is not the only one.

Here are the other players who could be Williams heir apparent aside from her.

Belinda Bencic

Bencic broke through the tennis scene in 2012. Her biggest triumph yet was at the Rogers Cup where she beat Caroline Wozniacki, Eugenie Bouchard, Sabine Lisicki, Ana Ivanovic, and Williams herself. She also has a career-high No. 7 ranking.

Simona Halep

Halep is one of the most consistent tennis players, ranking as the world’s No. 1 twice (2017 and 2019). In 2019, she bested Williams at the Wimbledon finals with her offensive, aggressive play. She has another Grand Slam title, the French Open (2018). She is often compared with Justine Henin, who praised the Romanian superstar’s intelligent game.

Naomi Osaka

Osaka was the other half of the infamous 2018 US Open finals, defeating Williams and receiving her trophy amidst the booing crowd. She has also won the 2019 Australian Open, giving her second Grand Slam title. Osaka is known for her aggressive playstyle combined with a powerful serve. She is also one of the most marketable athletes worldwide, ranking second behind Williams,

Ashleigh Barty

Barty won the 2019 French Open for singles. She also played the doubles in the 2018 US Open and won the title. Other than that, she has a career record of 220-83 which means, like Williams, she has the highest winning potential among all the players on the list. 

Elina Svitolina

Svitolina reached the highest ranking of No. 3 in 2015, while her current ranking is No. 5 (August 2019). She has never won a single Grand Slam title, but she the Tour Finals 2018 winner.  

Petra Kvitova

Kvitova has won the Wimbledon trophy twice, against Maria Sharapova in 2011 and Bouchard in 2014. She also appeared in the finals of the Australian Open in 2019. Kvitova currently ranks 6th in all-time rankings.

Madison Keys

Keys won her first WTA singles title in 2014. She consistently appears in the semifinals, quarterfinals and finals of Grand Slam match. She reached a career-high of No. 7 ranking, appearing in the top 25 since 2015.

Sloane Stephens

Stephens reached and beat Williams at the 2013 Australian Open when she was just a teenager. At the 2017 US Open championship, she went against Keys for an all-American match. She also has a Grand Slam title to boast of, the 2017 US Open. Stephens is slowly gaining her momentum, appearing in the Tour Finals in 2018.

 

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