Federer tops Forbes list of highest-paid tennis players


Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Great Britain – July 7, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in his quarterfinal match against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz REUTERS / Toby Melville / File Photo

Sept. 2 (Reuters) – Roger Federer was the world’s highest-paid tennis player for the past 12 months, earning around $ 90.6 million before tax, although the Swiss maestro’s time on the court was limited by injuries, Forbes said Thursday.

Federer, who skipped this year’s US Open with a knee injury, made less than $ 1 million playing tennis, with the bulk of his income coming from sponsors, Forbes said.

Japan’s Naomi Osaka is the second winner on the list, with $ 60.1 million in pre-tax income, more than 90% of which is off the field, with Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal rounding out the top five.

Williams and Nadal are also absent from the last Grand Slam of the year due to injury.

The 10 highest-paid tennis players collectively earned $ 320 million in the past 12 months, down 6% from a year ago, largely due to cancellations of tournaments and matches. ‘lucrative exhibition due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Forbes said.

Despite the drop, the Top 10 made more money off the court, raising $ 281 million in referrals, up 4% from the previous year, even with spending slashed by a number of brands.

Top 10 best income from tennis:

Roger Federer – $ 90.6 million

Naomi Osaka – 60.1 million

Serena Williams – $ 41.8 million

Novak Djokovic – $ 38 million

Rafa Nadal – $ 27 million

Kei Nishikori – $ 26 million

Daniil Medvedev – $ 13.9 million

Dominic Thiem – $ 8.9 million

Stefanos Tsitsipas – $ 8.1 million

Ash Barty – $ 5.8 million

Report by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris

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