Federer tops Forbes’ list of top-earning tennis players

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NEW YORK – Federer was the highest earning tennis player in the world over the last 12 months, making about US$90.6 million (S$120 million) before taxes, despite the Swiss maestro’s time on court being limited by injury, Forbes’ said on Thursday (Sept 2).

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

Japan’s Naomi Osaka is the second-highest earner on the list, with US$60.1 million in pre-tax income, more than 90 per cent of which she made off court, with Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal completing the top five.

Williams and Nadal are also out of the year’s final Grand Slam due to injury.

The 10 highest-paid tennis players collectively earned US$320 million over the last 12 months, down 6 per cent from last year, largely due to tournaments and lucrative exhibition matches being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Forbes’ said.

Despite the decrease, the top 10 made more money off court, taking in US$281 million from endorsements, or 4 per cent more than the previous year, even with reduced spending by a number of brands.

Top 10 highest earners in tennis:

  1. Federer – US$90.6 million
  2. Naomi Osaka – US$60.1 million
  3. Serena Williams – US$41.8 million
  4. Novak Djokovic – US$38 million
  5. Rafa Nadal – US$27 million
  6. Kei Nishikori – US$26 million
  7. Daniil Medvedev – US$13.9 million
  8. Dominic Thiem – US$8.9 million
  9. Stefanos Tsitsipas – US$8.1 million
  10. Ash Barty – US$5.8 million

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