Wealthiest tennis players in the world 2018 by career earnings
Tennis is one of the toughest and most lucrative sports in the world. And tennis players are some of the highest earning athletes on earth. Combined with the fact that it is an extremely captivating sport, it it is altogether an exciting mix.
It's a game notorious for the difficulty it sometimes poses for those striving to excel in it. Clearly not for the lazy or the faint hearted, those who get to the top of it, are generously compensated.
The grueling tennis tour, yearly rolls out millions of dollars for the players in the circuit, turning many of them into the highest paid tennis players in the world.
Its grinding schedules demand the dedication and undivided attention of the men and women who have decided to make a career out of it.
2018 season is well under way and the memories of a gut wrenching 2017 season are still fresh, while the current season sizzles on.
With plenty of upsets and suprises, the tennis grand slams are already making sports headlines for the sheer depth and breath taking display of tennis being played.
Plenty of money has already been dolled out to the top contenders in the male (ATP) and female (WTA) categories in the 2018 tennis season.
With some high profile injuries and shocking scandals making the rounds amongst the top players, this year's season is promising to be one that will not be easily forgotten.
Here are the highest earning tennis athletes in the world in 2018.
10. Venus Williams: $10.5 million.
Currently ranked number 8 in the world, The older of the Williams sisters is a fighter who just won't back down. Age is not slowing down the gazelle like tennis star as she continues to contend with the newer generation of players emerging in the tour. Against them, she manages to hold her own. And often excels.
9. Milos Raonic : $11.8 million. Although currently ranked world number 21, the towering 27 year old Canadian has had an incredible earning in prize money and endorsement.
8. Angelique Kerber : $12.6 million
7. Stan Wawrinka: $19.2 million total earnings.
Swiss tennis star Stan Wawrinka; the man who shocked Novak Djokovic in a scintillating 2015 French open victory, earned over $3 million in prize money last year.
He is currently number 7 our list of top money making tennis stars today.
6. Serena Williams: $27 million total earnings.
The formidable multiple grand slam winner Williams is the most consistent performer in the women's game.
She has won almost $80 million overall prize money in her illustrious career.
5. Andy Murray: $28.8 million total earnings.
This historic win helped him earn $16 million in endorsements. He is also 5th on Forbes list of all- time tennis prize money earners.
4. Rafael Nadal: $31.5 million total earnings.
Rafael Nadal had an incredible
season last year and has reclaimed the number one spot from Roger Federer heading into the clay court season.
But he is still one of the wealthiest tennis players in the world. He earned over $30 million last season in prize money and endorsement earnings.
3. Kei Nishikori: $33.9 million.
He is the first and only Japanese tennis player to be ranked in the top 10 tennis ranking.
Kei Nishikori is also ranked number 8 on the list of most marketable athletes in the world and he earned an impressive $4.5 million in tennis prize money and raked in $15 million in endorsements.
2. Novak Djokovic:$37.6 million total earnings.
Despite his inexplicable deep in form recently, the Tough Serbian player and world number 12 Novak Djokovic is undoubtedly one of the best tennis player in the world in the last 3 years.
Forbes magazine reported that Djokovic has earned almost $70 million in a prize money since 2011.
1. Roger Federer: $64 million total earnings.
The greatest Tennis player in history.
With a hard fought and hard earned record 21 grand Slam titles, the 36 year old swiss maestro is the ultimate tennis icon.
Currently ranked number 2 in the world. Roger Federer has earned a record $105 million in all time prize money in his remarkable career.
His endorsement deals with the likes of Nike, Mercedes and Rolex have contributed in helping him top the list of highest paid tennis players in the world in 2018.