Federer, Djokovic, Nadal, Osaka, Williams: The highest paid tennis players of 2021

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Roger Federer has been battling a knee injury since last summer.

He’s likely to keep it away Wimbledon this year and it also kept him out of a lot of events last year but he was still the top earner for tennis stars in 2021, as revealed by Forbes.

Of course, COVID-19 has dealt a blow to sports like tennis and that’s reflected in the financial stats.

Sport’s elite income suffered a drop in revenue from the previous year, with the figure in 2020 (£252m) falling by £14.5m to a total of £237.5m pounds in 2021. That’s still nothing to sniff at, but things like the lack of tournaments and exhibition games will have reduced the fees players would have received.

This may shed some light on how Federer was able to claim the top spot on the winners list having only appeared in five tournaments last year due to injury.

The Swiss legend has fallen down the tennis rankings, while maintaining a spot at the top of the earning list.

According to Forbes, Federer took home $90.6 million.

Second and third on the list are Naomi Osaka and Serena Williamsrespectively.

The Japanese star, reigning champion in both U.S. Open and australian opentook home an incredible $60.1 million, while Serena also bagged an eye-popping $41.8 million.

Meanwhile, a man who’s making headlines right now Novak Djokovic comes fourth. His tally isn’t far behind Serena as the Serb has managed $38m, which he certainly won’t mind given the controversy surrounding him recently regarding his vaccination status.

Unsurprisingly, it is then the Spaniard Rafael Nadal who completes the top five, taking home an impressive $27 million, but right behind him in sixth is Kei Nishikori, who pocketed $26 million.

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From there, the amounts begin to drop.

Russian Daniil Medvedev won $13.9 million and Austrian Dominic Thiem racked up $8.9 million.

Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas got $8.1 million and to round out the list, Ashleigh Barty took home $5.8 million.

Below is the top 10 in full.

10. Ashleigh Barty – On-Court Earnings: $3.8M / Off-Court Earnings: $2M / Total Earnings: $5.8M

9. Stefanos Tsitsipas – On-Court Earnings: $4.1M / Off-Court Earnings: $4M / Total Earnings: $8.1M

8. Dominic Thiem – On-Court Earnings: $4.9M / Off-Court Earnings: $4M / Total Earnings: $8.9M

7. Daniil Medvedev – Earnings on the field: $5.9m / Earnings off the field: $8m / Total earnings: $13.9m

6. Kei Nishikori – On-Court Earnings: $1M / Off-Court Earnings: $25M / Total Earnings: $26M

5. Rafael Nadal – On-field earnings: $4 million / Off-field earnings: $23 million / Total earnings: $27 million

4. Novak Djokovic – On-Court Earnings: $8M / Off-Court Earnings: $30M / Total Earnings: $38M

3. Serena Williams – On-Court Earnings: $1.8m / Off-Court Earnings: $40m / Total Earnings: $41.8m

2. Naomi Osaka – On-Court Earnings: $5.1M / Off-Court Earnings: $55M / Total Earnings: $60.1M

1. Roger Federer – On-Court Earnings: $0.6M / Off-Court Earnings: $90M / Total Earnings: $90.6M


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