To many, tennis is a leisurely pastime, but for the most talented professional players in the game, it’s a way to nab lucrative paychecks. From hefty tournament winnings to enormous endorsement contracts, some of the top tennis players are winning on and off the court.
As the tennis season gets underway, learn more about the highest-paid tennis players and how much they’re earning by staying at the top of their games.
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Kei Nishikori Net Worth: $9M
Japan’s top pro tennis player, Kei Nishikori, is an 11-time ATP World Tour winner and the No. 26-ranked male tennis player in the world. Hailing from Japan, Nishikori has earned $1.2 million from 2018 winnings alone and more than $18 million in prize money throughout his career.
Although Celebrity Net Worth puts Nishikori’s net worth at $9 million, Forbes believes he’s more highly paid and puts his earnings at $34.6 million. Though he sat out from a wrist injury during the last months of 2017, Nishikori still kept his endorsement deals, which include Nike, Jaguar, Wilson and Uniqlo.
Caroline Wozniacki Net Worth: $20M
Ranked No. 2 among women tennis players, Caroline Wozniacki has a net worth of $20 million. In 2017, Wozniacki was named the No. 7 highest-paid female athlete, earning $7.5 million. Recently, the Danish tennis star was listed as the current top prize money earner on the WTA Tour in 2018, pocketing $3.3 million.
Despite Wozniacki’s high ranking, she only recently won her first major singles title at the 2018 Australian Open, defeating No. 1-ranked Simona Halep.
Petra Kvitova Net Worth: $24M
The Czech star has won more than $26 million in prize money throughout her career. In this year alone, Kvitova has scored a little over $2.5 million in prize money. The powerhouse tennis player, who was ranked No. 8 as of June, has won two Wimbledon titles, one in 2011 against Maria Sharapova and the other in 2014. But as successful as Kvitova is, her career almost ended in 2016 when she was injured in a knife attack that severely damaged her hand.
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Venus Williams Net Worth: $95M
At 38 years old, Venus Williams is the No. 9 best female tennis player in the world and the oldest player to rank in the top 20, according to Forbes. And just like her famous younger sister, Venus has scored some massive paychecks from her title wins.
Throughout her career, Williams has earned more than $40.5 million in prize money. Besides making money on the court, the tennis champion has made millions from several endorsements deals, including Wilson, Electronic Arts and Ralph Lauren.
She, alongside her sister Serena Williams, was named in the top 10 most marketable athletes in 2016, behind Simone Biles, Michael Phelps and Peyton Manning.
Williams has a net worth of $95 million.
Andy Murray Net Worth: $100M
Although Andy Murray was ranked No. 157 in men’s tennis as of June,, his bank account remains among the sport’s elite.
In 2013, he made history as the first male Brit since 1936 to win Wimbledon. He returned in 2016 to take home the Wimbledon trophy for a second time when he defeated Milos Raonic.
As of November 2017, Murray has garnered a total of $60.8 million in career earnings. In the past year, he’s earned $14.8 million in prize winnings and $14 million in endorsement deals. Murray’s brand deals include Under Armour, Standard Life, Head, Rado and Jaguar. Murray’s net worth is $100 million.
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Maria Sharapova Net Worth: $135M
Although Maria Sharapova is ranked No. 23, she has been a dominant force in tennis for years. Sharapova has won five Grand Slam titles and has gone head-to-head on several occasions against tennis star Serena Williams. In 2016, Williams dethroned Sharapova as the highest-paid female tennis player after Sharapova’s earnings took a dip when she failed a drug test.
Throughout her career, Sharapova has won almost $38 million in prize money and has pocketed nearly $1 million to date in 2018.
Sharapova’s net worth is $135 million.
Rafael Nadal Net Worth: $160M
As the No. 1-ranked tennis player in the world, Nadal has amassed a superstar fortune at $160 million. The tennis star won his 11th French Open title this June and added $2.6 million to his bank account as part of the major prize money. He then went on to participate in the semi-finals at Wimbledon this July where he took home close to $750,000.
The famed tennis player won his first singles gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Other recent career highlights include winning the U.S. Open and the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid in 2017. With 17 major wins, Nadal has the second-highest number of Glam Slam titles in men’s tennis today, second only to Roger Federer.
This year, Nadal’s career earnings have totaled $41.4 million, making him the 20th highest-paid athlete, according to Forbes. Of that total, $27 million is from endorsement deals and the remaining $14.4 million is from prize money. Nadal currently has endorsement deals with major brands like Nike, Kia Motors and Telefónica. Today, the tennis star is worth $160 million.
Serena Williams Net Worth: $180M
Although her salary pales in comparison with her male counterparts, tennis powerhouse Serena Williams is the world’s highest-paid female athlete. From June 2016 to June 2017, Williams took home $27 million in prize money and various endorsements deals. But throughout her career, Williams’ salary has been much higher, earning more than $84.8 million in prize money. Her recent runner-up score at Wimbledon in July brought in almost $1.5 million.
The tennis star was ranked No. 183 by the Women’s Tennis Association in June. But that low ranking was due to Williams’ absence from the sport last year. She gave birth to her first child with husband and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in 2017.
Williams returned to the court in 2018, and was defeated at the 2018 U.S. Open by Naomi Osaka, who is in talks to sign the largest-ever Adidas deal for a woman athlete. Williams currently ranks No. 16.
Williams’ net worth is $180 million.
Novak Djokovic Net Worth: $180M
Ranked as No. 21 among male tennis players, Novak Djokovic has a net worth of $180 million. Although the tennis star’s rank sits lower than in previous years, Djokovic won six of eight Grand Slam titles between 2014 to 2016. During that time, Djokovic became the first tennis player to earn $20 million in prize money, according to Forbes.
However, due to poor performances and injuries, Djokovic’s pay has taken a bit of a hit. His prize earnings “dropped from $21.6 million in 2015 to $1.5 million over the last 12 months,” according to Forbes.
Djokovic’s first-place win at Wimbledon this year put close to $3 million in his bank account.
Roger Federer Net Worth: $450M
Not only is Roger Federer among the top male tennis players in the world, he’s also one of the richest athletes in the world. Forbes puts him at No. 7 on its list of highest-paid athletes in the world. According to the 2018 list, Federer took home a total of $77.2 million, with $65 million of that coming from endorsement deals. His endorsements include Wilson, Mercedes-Benz, Rolex and Lindt, among others. In this year alone, Federer has earned more than $4.3 million in prize money.
With his most recent major win at the 2018 Australian Open, Federer became the first male tennis player in history to win 20 Grand Slam titles.
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Laura Woods contributed to the reporting for this article.
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Earnings from endorsement deals and winnings are according to data from the WTA, the ATP World Tour and Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid athletes. Net worth figures are indicative of assets versus liabilities and according to Celebrity Net Worth.