Top 10 Richest Tennis Players in The World 2020 Ranking

Top tennis players typically have enormous longevity, and longevity is helpful in establishing and growing brand value,” says Phil de Picciotto, founder and president of Stamford, Connecticut-based sports agency Octagon. “They are also the best in the world at what they do on a very quantifiable basis, and people like the best. Federer earned more than 95% of his income off the court this year. The 20-time Slam champ split from sneaker giant Nike in 2018 and signed a ten-year deal with Japanese apparel brand Uniqlo. The deal clincher: Uniqlo promised $300 million whether he was playing tennis or not. 

Women represent 40% of the earners on our list, led by Japan’s Naomi Osaka (No. 4, $37.4 million) and Serena Williams (No. 5, $36 million). Both are competing in the U.S. Open, but the other two top-earning athletes on the women’s side—Ashleigh Barty (No. 7, $13.1 million) and Simona Halep (No. 10, $10.9 million)—are skipping the event.

Top 10 Richest Tennis Players 2020:

1. Roger Federer - $106 million

Roger Federer: Top 10 Richest Tennis Players in The World 2020 Ranking

Federer is not only one of the most talented athletes on the planet, but also the most profitable. Forbes named him the world's highest-paid tennis player in 2018 , earning $77.2 million (58.3 million) from professional wins and sponsorship deals with companies from Rolex to Credit Suisse. Sponsors will continue to line Federer’s pockets while he is sidelined, but he will miss out on lucrative exhibitions, where fans pay top dollar to see Fed in spots he doesn’t usually play. He did a five-stop swing through Latin America in November that added more than $15 million to his bank account.

2. Novak Djokovic - $44.6 million

Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 1 in men's singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals. Djokovic is the first Serbian player to be ranked No. 1 by the ATP and the first male player representing Serbia to win a Grand Slam singles title. He is a six-time ITF World Champion and a five-time ATP year-end No. 1 ranked player. Djokovic has won numerous awards, including the Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsman of the Year (four times) and the 2011 BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year award. He is also a recipient of the Order of St. Sava, the Order of Karađorđe's Star, and the Order of the Republika Srpska.

3. Rafael Nadal - $40 million

Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera is a Spanish professional tennis player currently ranked world No. 2 in men's singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals. Nadal has won 19 Grand Slam singles titles, the second-most in history for a male player, as well as a record 35 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles, 21 ATP Tour 500 titles and the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles. In addition, Nadal has held the world No. 1 ranking for a total of 209 weeks, including being the year-end No. 1 five times. In majors, Nadal has won a record twelve French Open titles, four US Open titles, two Wimbledon titles and one Australian Open title, and won at least one Grand Slam every year for a record ten consecutive years (2005–2014). Nadal has won 85 career titles overall, including the most outdoor titles in the Open Era (83) and a record 59 titles on clay. With 81 consecutive wins on clay, Nadal holds the record for the longest single-surface win streak in the Open Era.

4. Naomi Osaka - $37.4 million

Naomi Osaka is a professional tennis player who represents Japan. Osaka has been ranked No. 1 by the Women's Tennis Association, and is the first Asian player to hold the top ranking in singles. She has won five titles on the WTA Tour, including two titles at both the Grand Slam and Premier Mandatory levels. Among tennis players, only Roger Federer made more than Osaka from endorsements.

5. Serena Williams - $36 million

Serena Williams

Serena Williams has invested in more than 50 startups over the past six years through Serena Ventures. Her firm is focused on companies founded by women and minorities, accounting for 60% of the investments. She has made $93 million in career prize money, twice as much as any other female athlete. She has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the most by any player in the Open Era, and the second-most of all time behind Margaret Court.

6. Kei Nishikori - $32.1 million

Kei Nishikori is a Japanese professional tennis player. He is the only male Japanese tennis player in history to be ranked inside the top 5 in singles, and first reached his career-high singles ranking of world No. 4 in March 2015. He is currently ranked world No. 31 by the Association of Tennis Professionals.

7. Ashleigh Barty - $13.1 million

Ashleigh Barty is an Australian professional tennis player and former cricketer. She is ranked No. 1 in the world in singles by the Women's Tennis Association and is the second Australian WTA singles No. 1 after Evonne Goolagong Cawley. She won her first career Slam at the 2019 French Open, triggering lucrative bonuses from sponsors Fila and Head.

8. Daniil Medvedev - $11.8 million

Daniil Sergeyevich Medvedev is a Russian professional tennis player. Medvedev has a career-high ATP singles ranking of world No. 4, achieved on 9 September 2019. He has won seven ATP singles titles, including two Masters 1000 titles.

9. Dominic Thiem - $11.1 million

Dominic Thiem is an Austrian professional tennis player. His career-high ATP ranking is world No. 3, which he first achieved on 2 March 2020. He is the second highest-ranked Austrian player in history, behind Thomas Muster.

10. Simona Halep - $10.9 million

Simona Halep is a Romanian professional tennis player. She has been ranked world No. 1 in singles twice between 2017 and 2019. In total, she has been No. 1 for 64 weeks, which ranks tenth in the history of the Women's Tennis Association rankings. Halep was the year-end No. 1 in 2017 and 2018. Halep has won $36.5 million in career prize money, fourth all-time on the women’s side. Her major sponsors include global brands Nike, Wilson, Hublot and Avon.


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