Ashleigh Barty net worth: How much did the Australian earn in prize-money during her career?

Ashleigh Barty celebrates her Australian Open title

She stunned the sporting world with her shock retirement announcement, but Ashleigh Barty’s net worth, earned over the course of her career, will see her live a good life away from tennis.

Barty turned professional in 2010 at the age of 14 and 12 years later, just one month shy of her 26th birthday, she confirmed that “the time is right now for me to step away and chase other dreams”.

The Australian quits while being at the top of the game as she is the current world No 1 having occupied top spot since September 2019 while she is also the reigning Australian Open and Wimbledon champion.

But enough about her career and more about the money matters.

Various sources rate Barty’s net worth between A$40 million and A$50million (roughly between £25m and £30m) with the bulk of that coming from career-prize money.

She sits in 14th place on the official WTA career-prize money all-time list with US$24,233,860 (about £18m), some way off Serena Williams in top spot with the 23-time Grand Slam winner earning US$94,518,971 (£74m) so far during her playing career.

You would have backed Barty to crack at least the top five had she continued to play for a few more years as Caroline Wozniacki currently sits P5 having earned US$35m (£26m).

WTA career-prize money all-time list (all US dollars):

1 Serena Williams $94,518,971
2 Venus Williams $42,280,540
3 Maria Sharapova $38,777,962
4 Simona Halep $38,632,521
5 Caroline Wozniacki $35,233,415
6 Victoria Azarenka $34,066,926
7 Petra Kvitová $33,556,922
8 Angelique Kerber $31,416,244
9 Agnieszka Radwańska $27,683,807
10 Svetlana Kuznetsova $25,816,890
11 Martina Hingis $24,749,074
12 Kim Clijsters $24,545,194
13 Garbiñe Muguruza $24,203,730
14 Ashleigh Barty $23,829,070

Barty’s biggest pay days have come at the three Grand Slams she received a cheque of A$2.875m (about £1.65m) after winning this year’s Australian Open while last year’s Wimbledon win netted her £1.7m. Back in 2019 she earned €2.2m (about £18m) when she won the 2019 French Open.

That year was also her best campaign in terms of career-prize money earnings as she collected US$11,307,587 (about £8.5m), which was pre-Covid. American Williams’ 2013 season when she earned US$12,385,572 (roughly £9.3m) sets the tone for most earned in a single WTA season.

In comparison, Barty earned “only” US$3,914,987 (about £2.9m) during the Covid-hit 2021 season and she was eighth on the Forbes 2021-2022 list for highest-paid female athletes with a total of US$6.9m (£5.2m) with US$3m (£2.2m) coming from endorsements.

Barty earned roughly A$15m (£8.4m) in endorsements during her career with most of that coming from big deals with Jaguar, Vegemite, Fila, Rado, Head, Marriott Bonvoy and Uber Eats.

Even though she will no longer playing professional tennis, it is unlikely that her endorsement deals will dry up so expect her to add a few more million to that total over the next few years.