Roger Federer back in top five of Forbes’ sports rich list, Serena Williams only woman in top 100

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Roger Federer remains the highest-paid tennis player in the latest Forbes list of the world’s highest-paid athletes while Serena Williams is the only woman in the top 100.

Current world No 3 Federer moves up two places to No 5 in the 2019 list with an estimated income of $93.4 million with $86m coming from endorsements.

He is well off the pace of leading sports earner for 2019, Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi.

The footballer dethroned retired boxer Floyd Mayweather by raking in $127 million with Juventus and Portugal player Cristiano Ronaldo second place with earnings of $109 million.

Novak Djokovic is the other tennis player in the top 20 as the 15-time Grand Slam winner comes in at No 17 with an estimated income of $50.6m ($20.6m from endorsements).

Japan’s Kei Nishikori (No 35 – $37.3m) and Rafael Nadal (No 37 – $35m) make the top 50.

Serena Williams dropped out of the 100 last year after taking maternity leave, but she comes in at No 63 in the 2019 list with an estimated income of $29.2 million with $25m coming from endorsements.

Earlier this month the 23-time Grand Slam winner became the first female athlete to hit Forbes’ annual list of the World’s Richest Self-Made Women.

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