Forbes Magazine unveiled 2011 list of highest-paid tennis players in the world. Swiss player Roger Federer tops the list with whole year’s income of $47 million U.S. dollars over the past 12-months, from prize money, endorsements, exhibitions and appearance fees. He has only one tournament title this year after averaging eight wins annually since 2003, but his income has never been higher. While Rafael Nadal follows him with earning of $31 million over the past 12-months.
The rankings are based on total earnings from prize money, exhibitions, appearance fees and sponsorships between July 2010 and July 2011 without taxes or agent’s fees deducted.
No. 1 Roger Federer – $47 million (Age 30) Switzerland
He was the only one of Gillette’s three original “Champions” who had their deal renewed as the shaving giant dropped Tiger Woods and Thierry Henry as endorsers
No. 2 Rafael Nadal – $31 million (Age 25) Spain
Nadal added new deals with Bacardi and Armani during the past year, but Nike remains his biggest endorsement.
No. 3 Maria Sharapova – $25 million (Age 24) Russia
Sharapova has bounced back from injuries and is now ranked fourth in the world after dropping to a low of 126 in 2009.
No. 4 Novak Djokovic – $18 million (Age 24) Serbia
Djokovic has compiled a record of 57 wins against just 2 losses en route to his nine titles this year. He has earned nearly $11 million in prize money over the past year.
No. 5 Andy Murray – $13.5 million (Age 24) United Kingdom
Murray counts Adidas, Head and RBS among his sponsors with his Adidas deal worth more than $4 million annually.
No. 6 Andy Roddick – $13 million (Age 28) United States
Roddick is the last American man to win a Grand Slam title (US Open, 2003). Current endorsement partners include: Lacoste, SAP, Babolat and Lagardere.
No. 7 Caroline Wozniacki – $12.5 million (Age 21) Denmark
Wozniacki added deals this year with Yonex, Compeed and Oriflame, but her biggest partner is Adidas which paid out lucrative bonuses in 2010 thanks to her No. 1 year-end ranking. She has won 17 titles in her career, but has reached just two Grand Slam semifinals.
No. 8 Venus Williams – $11.5 million (Age 31) United States
Injuries have limited Williams to only 10 matches so far in 2011 and her ranking has fallen to 36. Yet she still maintains deals with Wilson, Electronic Arts, Kraft, Ralph Lauren and Tide. She also sells her own line of clothing, Eleven, through the Gilt Groupe.
No. 9 Kim Clijsters – $11 million (Age 28) Belgium
She won $3.5 million in prize money at the end of the 2010 season by winning the Open and Tour Championship. Clijsters will miss the 2011 US Open due to an abdominal injury.
No. 10 Serena Williams – $10.5 million (Age 29) United States
The three-time US Open champion is the betting favorite this year once again despite being seeded 28th after a year lost to injury. Williams has a diverse range of sponsors that include: Nike, Wilson, Hewlett-Packard, Kraft, EA Sports and Gatorade.
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