Tennis is not the easiest sport from which to make money. 80% of tennis "pros" don't do much more than break even, after paying for equipment , training, coaching, etc.
The bulk of the money made from tennis comes from prize money. That prize money is usually taken by a select, few, top ranked players. Those players have the ability to make a ton of money. Not only from sporting events, but from endorsements, brand deals, personal appearances, and other ventures.
There are several tennis players that have made a financial grand slam because of the game.
Below is a list of the 20 richest tennis players of all time.
20. Ana Ivanovic Net Worth - $16 Million
Born November 6, 1987, in Serbia, Ana Ivanovic is a former number one ranked player. Ana began her professional career in 2003. She reached her top ranking in 2008, after winning the French Open. Ivanovic participated in the 2012 Olympics and was named as one of the top 30 legends of women's tennis by Time magazine.
Her career record stands at 480-225 and she has won 15 titles. Some of her endorsements include Nike, Adidas, and Rolex. Over the course of her career, she won $15 million in prize money. Ana retired from tennis in 2016. She married her husband, a former German soccer player, and has had 3 children. Currently, she has her own brand of tennis gear called Yonex.
19. Chris Evert Net Worth - $16 Million
Chris Evert is undoubtedly one of the best tennis players of all time. Born on December 21, 1954 in Bica Raton, Florida, she began her professional career in 1972. Her career record stands at an astounding 1309-146. Chris was ranked number 1 several times over the course of her career, the first time being in 1975.
Her laundry list of 157 titles includes 7 French Opens, 3 Wimbledon titles, 6 US Opens, and 2 Australian Opens. Upon her retirement in 1989, she collected $8.8 million in prize money. Evert has been married and divorced 3 times and has 3 children. Currently, she owns the Evert Tennis Academy in Noxa Raton and is a tennis commentator for ESPN.
18. Jim Courier Net Worth - $18 Million
Jim Courier was born in Sanford, Florida on August 17, 1970. He turned pro in 1988. Courier's career record stands at 506-237. In 1982, he was ranked number 1. Jim won 23 titles, including 2 Australian Opens and 2 French Opens. During his career, he took home $14 million in prize money.
Upon his retirement, Courier became a major commentator in the tennis world, working for networks such as The Tennis Channel, USA Network, NBC Sports, and The Sky Network. In 2004, Jim founded Inside Our Sports and Entertainment. He currently lives in Orlando, Florida with his wife, Susana.
17. Billie Jean King Net Worth - $20 Million
A lifelong advocate for women's equality, Billie Jean King was born in Long Beach, California on November 22, 1943. After turning pro in 1959, she went on to a career record of 695-155.
She amassed 129 titles in both the singles and doubles categories. Some of the titles include 9 US Opens, 16 Wimbledon, and 2 French Opens. She is the founder of the Women's Tennis Association, which was originally formed to get equal pay for female tennis players.
Over the course of her career she won $1.96 million. Upon her retirement in 1990, King wrote two books, has done tennis commentary for several major networks, and became a minority owner of the LA Dodgers and the WNBA's LA Sparks.
She has had countless brand deals and made many appearances on television shows. Billie currently splits her time between Chicago and NYC with her wife and former doubles partner, Ilana Kloss.
16. Agnieszka Radwanska Net Worth - $25 Million
Said to be the greatest tennis player ever from the country of Poland, Agnieszka was born on March 6,1989 in Krakow, Poland. Turning pro in 2005, she has a career record of 517-246. She won 20 major titles, including 1 French Open and 1 Wimbledon title. In 2012,
Forbes named her the 8th highest earning female athlete of all time. Over the course of her career, Radwanska earned an astounding $27 million.
Since her retirement, Agnieszka has appeared on the Polish version of Dancing With The Stars, has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, and has raised money for the people of Ukraine.
The former pro has many endorsements to her name, including Lexus and Play Mobile. Currently, she lives in Krakow with her husband and child.
15. Andy Roddick Net Worth - $30 Million
Roddick was born on August 30, 1982 in Omaha, Nebraska. He turned pro in 2000. His career record stands at 612-213, with 32 titles. In 2017, Andy was inducted into the tennis hall of fame.
During his career, he made over $20 million. Throughout the years, he's had endorsements from Reebok, Lacoste (worth $25 million), Lexus, American Express, Tolex, and Xbox.
Currently, he has a radio show and is a Fox Sports commentator. Roddick lives in Texas with his wife, model Brooklyn Decker, and their 2 children.
14. Bjorn Borg Net Worth - $40 Million
The greatest tennis player to come from Sweden, Bjorn Borg, was born on June 6, 1956 in Stockholm. He turned pro in 1973 and reached the rank of number one in 1977. Borg has a career record of 654-140, and won 66 titles. His Grand Slams include 6 French Opens and 5 Wimbledon titles.
Though he earned only $3.6 million playing tennis and suffered financial difficulties at one point, he managed to amass a fortune of $40 million. He's done this through various undisclosed business ventures and investments.
13. Li Na Net Worth - $50 Million
Li Na has been called the best Chinese tennis player (male or female) of all time. She was born in Wuhan on February 26, 1982. She turned pro in 1999. Na's career record is 503-188, and she has a total of 9 titles.
Her immense popularity landed her on the cover of Time magazine in 2013. Her career earnings were $16 million. Since her retirement in 2014, she has signed $42 million in endorsement deals.
Companies include, Nike, Babolat racquets, Rolex, Samsung, and Mercedes. Li lives in Wuhan, China with her husband and 2 children.
12. Anna Kournikova Net Worth - $50 Million
Anna Kournikova was born in Moscow, Russia on June 7,1981. Despite never having won a singles title and having her career cut short by a back injury, Kournikova managed to earn a huge fortune. She rose to the number 8 spot at one point and had a career record of 209-129.
In total, she won $3.5 million. However, through the years, she has scored tens of millions of dollars in endorsements, has modeled, and appeared on television. She currently lives in Miami with her partner, Enrique Iglesias, and their 3 children.
11. Venus Williams Net Worth - $95 Million
One half of the powerhouse sister tennis duo, Venus Williams, was born on June 17, 1980 in Lynwood, California. She turned pro in 1994 under the tutelage of her father, Richard.
Her career record stands at 816-269, with 49 titles. Venus played both singles and doubles, and won 11 Wimbledon titles, 4 US Opens, 4 Australian Opens, and 2 French Opens.Williams' prize money totaled $42.4 million by her retirement in 2013.
Since then, Venus has gotten her bachelor's degree, written a best selling book, created a fashion line, and started her own interior design firm.
10. John McEnroe Net Worth - $100 Million
Known as the "bad boy" of tennis, John McEnroe was born on February 16, 1959 in Wiesbaden, West Germany. He grew up in New York State. McEnroe first garnered attention when he became the youngest man to reach the Wimbledon finals as an amateur.
He turned pro in 1978. John's career record stands at 883-198, with 77 titles. John is the only player to hold the rank of number one in both singles and doubles at the same time.
Over the course of his tennis career, he earned almost $13 million in prize money. Since then, he has done endorsements for Nike, Dunlop, HEAD racquets, and National Car Rental to name a few.
He's also appeared in countless television shows and movies. Currently, he is a commentator for the ESPN network. McEnroe lives in New York City with his wife, Patty Smyth.
9. Andy Murray Net Worth - $100 Million
Born on May 15, 1987 in Glasgow, Scotland, Andy turned pro in 2005 and has a career record of 723-236. He's won 46 titles, including 2 Wimbledon titles. Murry won gold medals in both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. His total prize winnings from tennis are $63.5 million.
Some of his endorsements include Adidas, Castore, Under Armour, and Rado watches. Since his retirement in 2017, Murry has invested in over 30 UK businesses, including a 5 star hotel he purchased in Scotland. Andy lives in Scotland with his wife and children.
8. Maria Sharapova Net Worth - $135 Million
Born in Nyagan, Russia on April 19, 1987, Sharapova turned pro in 2001. Her record stands at 645-171 and accumulated 36 titles, including 1 Wimbledon, 2 French Opens, and 1 US Open. Upon her retirement in 2020, Maria won almost $40 million in prize money.
Sharapova has done endorsements for Nike, Prince, Canon, Motorola, Land Tover, Gatorade, and Tiffany & Company. The tennis pro has also modeled extensively, and has been on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swim Suit edition.
In 2017 she published her biography. Currently, she lives in Bradenton, Florida and has several business ventures, including a candy company called "Sugarpova".
7. Pete Sampras Net Worth - $150 Million
Sampras is considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time. He was born in Washington DC on August 12, 1971. Upon turning pro in 1988, he immediately won the US Open.
His career record stands at 762-222, with 64 titles. Pete's endorsements have included Nike, Sergio Tacchici, Damon Yogurt, and Pizza Hut.
Throughout his tennis career, he earned over $43 million in prize money. Sampras is now a real estate mogul, having bought and sold many million dollar homes in California, for hefty profits. Currently, he lives in California with his wife and children.
6. Andre Agassi Net Worth - $175 Million
Andre Agassi was born in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1970. Turning pro in 1986, he won 60 titles and has a career record of 870-274. He reached the rank of number one in 1995. Over his career, over $30 million. Andre has been endorsed by Mountain Dew, Nike, Adidas, and Kia.
Agassi invested much of his tennis winnings in various ventures that made him extremely wealthy, including The Tennis Channel, The Golden Nugget Casino, The MGM Mirage, and First Nevada Bank. Agassi lives in Nevada with his wife, fellow tennis player, Steffi Graff, and their children.
5. Rafael Nadal Net Worth - $180 Million
Born in Mallorca, Spain on June 3, 1986, Nadal has a record of 1,068-220, with 92 titles, including 14 French Opens. He also won gold medals in the 2008 and 2016 Olympics. He's accumulated over $134 million in prize money.
Nadal has had endorsements from Babolet, Tommy Hilfiger, Armani, and Santander bank. Rafael owns several sports training centers in Spain, Kuwait, Greece, and Mexico. He lives in Spain with his wife and child.
4. Novak Djokovic Net Worth - $200 Million
As of January 30, 2023, Novak is the number 1 ranked male player in the tennis world. He was born in Serbia on May 22, 1987. Turning pro in 2001, his record is 1,046-207 to date. Novak has so far won 93 titles, including 10 Australian Opens, 7 Wimbledon titles, and 3 US Opens.
Over the years, Djokovic has had endorsements from Adidas, Sergio Taccini, Piguet watches, Mercedes, Seiko watches, and Piguet automobiles.
He and his family own a chain of restaurants throughout Europe and he holds an 80% stake in a biotech company that produces drug treatments for COVID. Currently, Novak lives in Monte Carlo, Monaco, with his wife and 2 children.
3. Serena Williams Net Worth - $250 Million
Considered one of the great players of all time, Serena Williams was born in Saginaw, Michigan on September 26, 1981. She turned pro in 1995 and has a career record of 858-156, with 73 titles, including 23 Grand Slams. Serena also has 4 Olympic gold medals.
Williams won over $94 million during her career. She signed a $40 million deal with Nike in the early 2000s. Other endorsements include Wilson, Pepsi, AT&T, DoorDash, Delta, Gucci, and Ford.
Serena also has her own line of jewelry and handbags. Currently, she lives in Palm Beach, Florida, with her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, and their daughter.
2. Roger Federer Net Worth - $450 Million
A native of Switzerland, Federer spent a record, 237 straight weeks as the number 1 ranked tennis player on the male circuit. His career winnings amount to $130 million. Roger's career record stands at 1,251-275, with 103 titles, including 8 Wimbledon titles and 5 U.S. Opens.
His endorsements have included Lindt, Rolex, Gillette, and Nike. Federer lives in Switzerland with his wife and their 2 sets of twins.
1. Ion Tiriac Net Worth - $2 Billion
Ion Tiriac was born in Romania on May 9, 1939. He began his professional tennis career in 1968. Ion won the French Open in 1970 and has a career singles record of 167-177.
Upon his retirement in 1979, Tiriac became a tennis coach, guiding many professional players, including Boris Becker.
Over the years, he invested in many ventures, becoming the primary owner of retail shops, insurance companies, car dealerships, and airlines. Ion even opened his own bank in Romania. He's listed by Forbes magazine as the 3rd wealthiest person in Romania.
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