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The Highest Paid Men and Women in Tennis

Unlike most pro sports, prize money and popularity is relatively equal between the sexes in tennis. Here's how the total earnings for top players compares.

  • Roger Federer

    Western & Southern Open - Day 7
    Maddie Meyer—Getty Images Roger Federer of Switzerland returns a shot to Andy Murray of Great Britain during the semifinals on Day 8 of the Western & Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 22, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

    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.

  • Novak Djokovic

    Western & Southern Open - Day 7
    Maddie Meyer—Getty Images Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns a forehand to Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland during Day 7 of the Western & Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 21, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

    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.

  • Rafael Nadal

    Day Four: The Championships - Wimbledon 2015
    Ian Walton—Getty Images Nadal of Spain sits in his chair between games in his Gentlemens Singles Second Round match against Dustin Brown of Germany during day four of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 2, 2015 in London, England.

    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.

  • Maria Sharapova

    during day ten of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 9, 2015 in London, England.
    Julian Finney—2015 Getty Images Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a backhand in the Ladies Singles Semi Final match against Serena Williams of the United States during day ten of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 9, 2015 in London, England.

    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 Williams

    Rogers Cup Toronto - Day 5
    Vaughn Ridley—Getty Images Serena Williams of the USA waits for a serve against Roberta Vinci of Italy during Day 5 of the Rogers Cup at the Aviva Centre on August 14, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

    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.

  • Andy Murray

    Rogers Cup Montreal - Day 6
    Minas Panagiotakis—Getty Images Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts after getting a point on Kei Nishikori of Japan during day six of the Rogers Cup at Uniprix Stadium on August 15, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

    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.

  • Kei Nishikori

    Rogers Cup Montreal - Day 4
    Minas Panagiotakis—Getty Images Kei Nishikori of Japan hits a return against David Goffin of Belgium during day four of the Rogers Cup at Uniprix Stadium on August 13, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Kei Nishikori defeated David Goffin 6-4, 6-4.

    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.

  • Caroline Wozniacki

    during day seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 6, 2015 in London, England.
    Ian Walton—2015 Getty Images Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark plays a backhand in her Ladies' Singles Fourth Round match against Garbine Muguruza of Spain during day seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 6, 2015 in London, England.

    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.)

  • Stan Wawrinka

    Western & Southern Open - Day 5
    Maddie Meyer—Getty Images Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland returns a backhand to Borna Coric of Croatia during Day 5 of the Western & Southern Open at the Lidler Family Tennis Center on August 18, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

    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.

  • Ana Ivanovic

    Rogers Cup Toronto - Day 3
    Vaughn Ridley—Getty Images Ana Ivanovic of Serbia plays a shot against Olga Govortsova of Belarus during Day 3 of the Rogers Cup at the Aviva Centre on August 12, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

    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.

     

  • Petra Kvitova

    <> on Day 4 of the Connecticut Open at Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale on August 27, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut.
    Maddie Meyer—2015 Getty Images Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic returns a forehand to Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland on Day 4 of the Connecticut Open at Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale on August 27, 2015 in New Haven, Connecticut.

    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.

  • Simona Halep

    Western & Southern Open - Day 5
    Rob Carr—Getty Images Simona Halep of Romania returns a shot to Kristina Mladenovic of France during the Western & Southern Open at the Linder Family Tennis Center on August 19, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

    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.

  • Agnieszka Radwanska

    Vaughn Ridley Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland plays a shot against Simona Halep of Romania during Day 5 of the Rogers Cup at the Aviva Centre on August 14, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

    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.

     

  • Tomas Berdych

    Day Six: The Championships - Wimbledon 2015
    Shaun Botterill—Getty Images Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic celebrates winning in his Mens Singles Third Round match against Pablo Andujar of Spain during day six of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 4, 2015 in London, England.

    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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