5 of the Biggest Egos in Tennis History

Charlie Jones and Kim Doren, authors of Game, Set, Match: A Tennis Book for the Mind, claimed that tennis players have the biggest egos by far.

One would believe so just by watching one of John McEnroe’s tennis game. But McEnroe isn’t the only tennis player with a big ego, although he might have the biggest.

Before we list the names, let us remind you that ego varies. Some tennis players exhibit the entitlement attitude while for others, it’s a display of their unpretentious character. Either way, these people are a classic example of egotism.

#5 Serena Williams

“I always believe I can beat the best, achieve the best. I always see myself in the top position.”

Williams appearing on this list may not be acceptable to her fans. Beyond everything, she won Grand Slam after Grand Slam. It’d be natural for her to develop such an overbearing ego. Time and again, however, she showed the world how an outburst could verge into the abusive realm. Her questionable antics on-court was because of the Psycho Serena, she said. Yes, she gives her multiple personalities names.

#4 Marat Safin

“The Olympics is not for tennis and tennis does not need the Olympics. It is not my goal in life to win a gold medal.”

Safin was accused of being a hellraiser throughout his playing career, which he recently refuted. Safin was perceived as the tennis player who thirsted for achievements. There’s nothing wrong with this except that he was too lazy to practice. He would stop it abruptly or won’t be too serious about it. Safin was also known for his emotional outbursts on court coupled by racquet-smashing. He did it as least thrice in his career.

#3 Novak Djokovic

“I want the same thing I’ve wanted since I was seven years old. I want to be No. 1.”

In a world full of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who exudes unique charm on and off the court, it would be hard for a Djokovic to stand out. He was always the second fiddle. So he did what he wanted to do when he became #1—call himself king! His family even said that the old king was dead, referring to Federer.

#2 Nick Kyrgios

“I don’t have a doubt that if I wanted to win Grand Slams, I would commit. I’d train two times a day. I’d go to the gym every day. I’d stretch. I’d do rehab. I’d eat right.”

Kyrgios is an enigmatic tennis player, reminiscent of Federer’s style by bringing something new to the court now and then. But his arrogant attitude stinks. He always challenges tennis authorities and throws a fit if they could not accommodate his unreasonable requests. Thus, fines and disciplinary actions are foremost to Kyrgio’s vocabulary.

#1 John McEnroe

“The only thing ‘championship’ about Wimbledon is its prestige.”

McEnroe is dubbed as the King of Ego. If the article is going to list down all his pontifical displays, a page would not be enough.

He hated losing and would show to the people how much he hated it right at the moment. The acid-tongued player taunted Nadal as McEnrole wanted him to show more ego instead of downplaying his chances of doing such. While playing, that was McEnroe—known for his ego than his tennis style.

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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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