Tennis players go out onto the court every week in order to earn themselves a living for the talent that they have. Some players earn more money than others because they are better than them at the sport of tennis. Some players earn more money than others because of the way they carry themselves and are able to get sponsorships from their play on the court. Tennis is one of the most lucrative sports an individual can compete in because your results are based on the work you put in and your on-court performance. The farther you go in a tournament the more money you will earn. Let’s take a look at the 10 richest active tennis players as of 2018.
10. Anna Kournikova – $50 Million
Anna Kournikova is a former Russian tennis player from the 1990s. She was never able to win a singles title, however, she was ranked as high as #8 in the world. She found most of her success in doubles where her and partner Martina Hingis were at times #1 in the world. She won two Grand slam titles in Australia and two WTA Championships. Sadly, her tennis career ended abruptly at the age of 21 due to serious back and spinal issues including a herniated disk. She now resides in Florida with her husband, Enrique Iglesias, and was a trainer for a season on the television show, The Biggest Loser. Kournikova earned a little more than $3 million dollars during her playing career
9.Andy Murray- $70 Million
Andy Murray is a British professional tennis player from Scotland who is currently ranked #47 in the world due to injuries this season. Murray is three-time Grand Slam champion and two-time Olympic Gold medalist. His first Grand Slam title came at the U.S. Open in 2012 when he was able to defeat Novak Djokovic. He is the first British man since 1935 to win one or more Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon. He has been ranked #1 in the world before, but injuries have recently derailed his last season and a half. He has earned $32 million dollars through his tennis playing career.
8. Venus Williams- $75 Million
Venus Williams, the older sister of Serena Williams, comes in at #10 on this list. Williams is currently ranked #9 in the world on the WTA Tour but has been ranked as high as #1 on three different occasions. She was the first African-American woman to reach the #1 spot in Open Era history. She has seven Grand Slam singles titles to her name with five of them coming at Wimbledon and the other two at the U.S. Open. She has also won 14 Grand Slam doubles titles with Serena. She also has four Olympic gold medals on her resume. One gold in singles and three in doubles. Willaims has earned a little more than $30 million dollars in her time on the court.
7. Maria Sharapova- $90 Million
Maria Sharapova is Russian born tennis player who is currently ranked #30 in the world. She has been as high as #1 in her career during the 2005 season. She first joined the WTA Tour back in 2001 at the age of 18. She has won five Grand Slams during her career with the first one coming at Wimbledon in 2004. Her five Grand Slam titles rank third amongst active players only behind the Williams’ sisters. She has won 36 titles in her career and has been able to achieve longevity in the women’s game, which does not occur too often. She has also featured in numerous modeling assignments, which has helped her earn more money. Sharapova has earned nearly $31 million dollars from her on-court performance.
6. Novak Djokovic- $95 Million
Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player who has been on the ATP Tour since 2004. Djokovic is a 12-time Grand Slam singles Champion. He is also a former World #1 who held that spot for a total of 223 weeks on separate occasions. He has won six Australian Open titles, three Wimbledon titles, two U.S. Open titles, and one French Open title. In 2016, he became the eighth player to achieve the career Grand Slam. After his French Open victory in 2016 to complete the career Grand Slam he also became just the third man to complete the calendar Grand Slam, which is holding onto all four titles at the same time. During his career, he has earned $66 million dollars from his play on the court.
5. Rafael Nadal- $100 Million
Rafael Nadal is a Spanish Professional tennis player who is currently ranked as the world’s #1 player. Nadal, also known as “The King of Clay” is regarded by most people as the best clay court tennis player ever. Nadal has won 16 Grand Slam titles. 10 of those titles have come at the French Open. He also won three at the U.S. Open, two at Wimbledon, and one in Australia. At the age of 24, he became the youngest player to ever achieve the career Grand Slam. Over his career, Nadal has earned a little more than $70 million dollars from his efforts on the court. In 2014, he was listed as the ninth highest paid athlete in the world thanks to his $14.5 million dollar earnings on the court and a $30 million dollar endorsement deal.
4. Serena Williams- $120 Million
Serena Williams is an American professional tennis player who is currently ranked #451 since she just recently returned from giving birth to her first-born child. Williams has been ranked #1 on eight different occasions during her career. Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles in her career, which is the record for most Grand Slam wins by any tennis player in the Open Era. She has also won 14 Grand Slam doubles titles with her older sister, Venus Williams. She has won both the Australian Open and Wimbledon on seven different occasions. She has also won the U.S. Open six different times and has also claimed the French Open on three separate occasions. She has earned a little more than $60 million dollars from her performance on the court.
3. Pete Sampras- $150 Million
Pete Sampras is a former American tennis player who is considered by many to be one of the greatest players of all-time. he began his professional career in 1988. Sampras was a 14-time Grand Slam Champion with his last title coming in his last match at the 2002 U.S. Open. In total, he won seven Wimbledon titles, five U.S. Open titles, and two Australian Open titles. He is a former #1 ranked player in the world. He first reached that spot in 1993 and then held that position for 286 weeks. Sampras was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2007. During his career, he made more than $43 million dollars from his playing days.
2. Andre Agassi-$175 Million
Andre Agassi is a former American tennis player who was considered to be one of the greatest returners of serve the world has ever seen. A former world #1, Agassi is an eight-time Grand Slam Champion and an Olympic gold medalist in 1996. Agassi is one of eight men to achieve the career Grand Slam in the Open Era. Agassi won four Austrailian Opens, two U.S. Opens, one Wimbledon, and one French Open. Agassi was the last American male to win the French Open (1999) and the Australian Open (2003). Agassi was forced to retire after he had a few serious back issues after the 2006 U.S. Open. Agassi earned over $31 million dollars during his playing career.
1. Roger Federer-$180 Million
Roger Federer is a Swiss-born professional tennis player who is currently ranked #2 in the world. Federer has won 20 Grand Slam singles titles in his career, which is the most by any male player in the history of the sport. He has also been ranked #1 in his career multiple holding the top spot for a record total of 309 weeks. Since he became a professional in 1998 he has been consistently ranked in the top 10 since 2002. Federer has won a record eight Wimbledon titles, six Australian Open titles, five U.S. Open titles, and one French Open title. he is one of eight men to achieve the career Grand Slam. Federer has been named the ATP Player of the Year on five different occasions. Federer has earned $81 million dollars during his playing career from his tournament earnings.