Despite being denied his eighth Wimbledon title this year, and lacking a Grand Slam victory since his 2012 Wimbledon title, Federer (pictured above) still holds the record with 17 Grand Slam victories — and also holds the money title with his fifth-place standing on the Forbes list at $67 million over twelve months. Federer raked in $9 million in earnings and $58 million in endorsements from high-end clients such as Rolex, Credit Suisse, Nike, and Mercedes-Benz.
The winner of both the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2015 is arguably at the top of his game. Djokovic has appeared in Grand Slam finals in 13 of the last 18 events. He has the greatest prize money take at $17.2 million in winnings. Combined with $31 million in endorsements from companies including Seiko and Peugeot, Djokovic ranks 13th on the Forbes list with $48.2 million.
Nadal has been plagued by injuries and has yet to reach the promise from his incredible year in 2013. However, Nadal is still the king of Roland Garros with nine French Open titles. He is also the 22nd highest-paid athlete on the Forbes list with a total of $32.5 million. $4.5 million of that total is prize money, while $28 million is in endorsements from the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Telefonica, and Kia Motors.
Sharapova leads the list of highest-earning female athletes for an amazing 11th straight year. She bounced back from injuries in 2013 to take the 2014 French Open, and racked up $6.7 million in prize money for the 2015 evaluation period. Sharapova also earns $23 million in endorsements from Avon, Evian, Tag Heuer, Nike, Head, Porsche and other sponsors, giving her the undisputed title at $29.7 million. That total is ahead of all but three male tennis stars.
Serena is on a roll, with four straight Grand Slam wins (aka the Serena Slam). With a US Open victory, she would complete the calendar year sweep of the Grand Slam, a feat last pulled off by Steffi Graf in 1998. Her $11.6 million in prize money tops the list, and with $13 million in endorsements, Serena is closing in on the top earnings spot with $24.6 million. Chase and Gatorade/PepsiCo are among her sponsors.
The remaining member of the “big four,” Murray broke through at Wimbledon in 2013 with his victory, the first UK native to win the title since 1936. Murray’s take for the Forbes list is $22.3 million, composed of $6.3 million in winnings and $16 million in endorsements from Under Armour, Standard Life, and Head. That impressive total still puts him behind the top female tennis star.
Nishikori is the only Japanese player ever to reach the top ten in the world tennis rankings. Nishikori has 14 endorsements including Delta Airlines, Uniqlo, Wilson, Adidas, Jaguar, and Tag Heuer. His endorsement take is $15 million, raising his earnings total to $19.5 million.
Wozniacki was involved in two high profile events other than tennis over the past year, with an appearance in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, and a run in the New York City marathon that raised over $80,000 for charity. Wozniacki pulled in a total of $14.6 million with $11 million in endorsements and $3.6 million in prize money. Sponsors include Rolex, Adidas, and Godiva chocolates. (It’s been reported that free chocolates are part of the deal.)
The winner of the 2015 French Open, Wawrinka is rising to the upper echelon of men’s tennis. He lags far behind his Swiss countryman Federer with “only” about $4 million in earnings on the court, but also has a $20 million endorsement deal through 2018 with Yonex apparel. His earnings over the same period as the Forbes list (June 1, 2014 to June 1 2015) are likely in the $12 million-$14 million range.
Ivanovic earned $8.3 million over the past year, with $1.8 million in winnings and $6.5 million in endorsements. She reached 5th in the 2014 world rankings in 2014 but has no Grand Slam victories since her triumph in the 2008 French Open. Ivanovic’s sponsors include Adidas, Shiseido, and Dubai Duty Free.
Thanks to a 2014 Wimbledon victory, Kvitova shot up the earnings list. As of this writing, her Wimbledon victory is the last Grand Slam event won by anyone other than Serena Williams. Kvitova’s total winnings were $5.9 million, and an extra $1.8 million in endorsements raised her to 5th place among women athletes with $7.7 million. Nike and Wilson are Kvitova’s primary sponsors.
Halep rose to be the second-ranked female player in 2014, propelled by her appearance in the finals of the 2014 French Open. She has multiple endorsements in her native Romania along with contracts with Adidas and Wilson, but $5.3 million in prize money overshadowed her $1.5 million in endorsements. With a total of $6.8 million, Halep is 7th highest earning woman athlete on the Forbes list.
Radwanska earned $6 million over the last year, with $2 million in prize money and $4 million in endorsements. She has yet to break through with a Grand Slam victory, coming closest in 2012 at Wimbledon where Serena Williams beat her in the finals. Her sponsors include Lotto and Lexus.
The details of Berdych’s H&M endorsement contract were not made public, but we have him in the seventh slot. He is 6th on the ATP prize winnings list at $2.4 million and his 2013 contract was presumably enough of a raise to peel him away from the deep pockets of Nike.
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