Roger Federer still highest-paid tennis player, Naomi Osaka second while Emma Raducanu makes debut on list
Roger Federer has not played any competitive tennis since July 2021 yet he still tops the bill when it comes to the world’s highest-paid tennis players in 2022, with Naomi Osaka a distant second.
The 41-year-old Federer has not set foot on court since he lost in the quarter-final of Wimbledon last year, meaning his prize-money earnings are zero, but he still managed to rake in about $90 million (before taxes and agents’ fees), according to the latest Forbes rich list for tennis players.
It is the 17th straight year that the 20-time Grand Slam winner sits top and his net worth is in the region of $450 million. In case you were wondering, he has earned $130,594,339 in total career prize earnings – third behind his great rivals Novak Djokovic ($158,996,253) and Rafael Nadal ($131,383,446).
The next generation, though, is coming with four-time major winner Osaka comfortably in second place on $56.2m and her earnings from endorsements dwarfs her prize money.
Osaka picked up $1.2 million for her on-court performances while off court she earned $55 million.
Other big guns some way off
Serena Williams is a distant third, but much like Federer she has not earned much in terms of on-court appearances. The 23-time Grand Slam winner amassed $35.1 million over the past 12 months and only $0.1 million came from prize money.
Rafael Nadal, who has won the Australian Open and French Open this year to take his Grand Slam tally to 22, follows and $6.4 million of his $31.4 million has come from on-court action.
Novak Djokovic completes the top five with $27.1 million in earnings with $7.1 million coming from on-court earnings. The 21-time Grand Slam winner finished runner-up at the US Open last year and won Wimbledon a few weeks.
Emma Raducanu hits the top 10
Teenager Emma Raducanu makes her debut on the list as she enters at No 6 with her rise coming on the back of her remarkable win at the US Open last year. The British youngster won the tournament as a qualifier and she became one of the hottest properties in the sporting world with several endorsement deals and meetings with royals and A-list celebrities following.
The 19-year-old’s total earnings stand at $21.1 million with $3.1 million coming from prize money and the rest a result of sponsorship deals.
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Seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams ($12 million total earnings) and rising star Carlos Alcaraz $10.9 million complete the top 10.
The bulk of Williams’ income has come from endorsements while Alcaraz is the only one on the list who has earned more through prize money ($5.9 million) than sponsors ($5 million).
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