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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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5 Pro Tennis Players Who Bloomed Late in Their Career

What age do most tennis players start?

Experts say that the majority of professional tennis players today began practising tennis when they are between 4 and 6 years old.

Is this true for all tennis players? No. Can I start playing tennis at 15 or 20? Yes. Will I win a major title at that age? Who knows.

Take a cue from these tennis players who are late bloomers.

5) Monica Niculescu

Niculescu is a Romanian tennis player who reached her career-high 28 when she was already 28 years old.

Turning pro in May 2002, she played in singles and doubles category. In 2017, at the age of 30, she played at the Wimbledon Championships women’s doubles.

She is known for her unorthodox style of play, using the forehand as her primary stroke. In a Sports Illustrated interview, she once said, “I play very different; I don’t give you a rhythm. It’s hard to know when it started.”

4) Feliciano Lopez

Lopez turned pro in 1997. However, he reached his career-high ranking at the ATP, No. 12, when he was already 33 years old in 2015.

Also, Lopez was the only male Spanish player to reach Wimbledon quarter-finals in 2005, then again in 2008 and 2011. The last player who was able to do such a feat was in 1972. 

However, it was in 2016 that he first won a Grand Slam title at the French Open. He played in the men’s doubles with Marc Lopez.

He also played in the 2017 US Open Finals in the doubles tournament.

While he experiences difficulty in recovering after a match, Lopez relies on his fitness regime to extend his career.

3) Roberta Vinci

Vinci is the other half of the dominant women’s doubles with Sara Errani. They dominated the 2012 to 2016 Grand Slam doubles. She reached her career-high in doubles category at No. 1 in 2015.

However, she also performed in the singles tournament, reaching the world’s No. 7 career-high in 2016. Part of her ranking was brought by upsetting Serena Williams once during the US Open in 2015.

Vinci was the oldest player in the Top 10 at 33 years old. She was also the fourth Italian tennis player to achieve that status.

Vinci retired in 2018.

2) Angelique Kerber

Kerber turned pro in 2003 when she was only 15 years old. However, it took her thirteen years to reach the No. 1 ranking in September 2016. She was the oldest to achieve such ranking at 28 years old.

She reached the quarter-finals of the French Open in 2012 and 2018. However, she had already won the Australian and US Opens in 2016 and Wimbledon Championships in 2018.

In 2016, she upset Williams who was the No. 1 then.

As of November 2019, Kerber ranked No. 20.

1) Stan Wawrinka

Wawrinka was Roger Federer’s perennial men’s doubles partner. However, both achieved greater success playing for the men’s singles.

When Wawrinka started playing alone, he went on to win three Grand Slam titles such as Australian Open in 2014, French Open in 2015, and the US Open in 2016. He defeated all the No. 1 ranked tennis players then on each tournament.

He also played in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon twice, in 2014 and 2015.

With all these, The Economist dubbed him as tennis’s great latecomer.

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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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