Tennis is one of the most viewed sports in the world, with tournaments in almost every country, and millions of people tuning in to watch professional players play. Due to this, the sheer spectacle attracts high production values and many advertisements and sponsorships taking advantage of the viewer ratings. Due to this, alongside with over millions of dollars on the line, Professional Tennis Players are amongst the highest earning professional athletes in the world.
This list will have the top 10 highest earning professional tennis players in the world. This would of course include tournament and title winnings, sponsorships, endorsements, etc. The list would go from lowest earning, to highest earning.
10. Venus Williams
Overall Titles: 49
Alongside her sister, who is higher in this list, Venus Williams is one of the most prolific and successful female tennis players to date.
She has been ranked world No. 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association on three occasions, for a total of 11 weeks. She first reached the No. 1 ranking on February 25, 2002, the first African American woman to do so in the Open Era, and the second all time since Althea Gibsion. Williams’ seven Grand Slam singles titles are tied for 12th on the all-time list, and 8th on the Open Era list, more than any other active female player except her sister. She has reached 16 Grand Slam finals, most recently at Wimbledon in 2017. She has also won 14 Grand Slam Women’s doubles titles, all with Serena Williams; the pair is unbeaten in Grand Slam doubles finals.
Venus William’s total net worth is 95 Million USD.
9. Pete Sampras
Overall Titles: 64
Born in August 12, 1971, the former American tennis player is an incredibly tough opponent to go against. His precise and powerful serve gave him the name “Pistol Pete”. His professional career started in 1988 and ended in 2002 at the 2002 US Open, while defeating his rival Andre Agassi.
Sampras won 14 Grand Slam singles titles during his career: seven Wimbledon Singles titles, two Australian Opens and a joint Open Era record five US Opens. He won 64 singles titles in total. He first reached world No. 1 in 1993, and held that position for a total of 286 weeks (second behind Roger Federer 310 weeks as No. 1 player), including a record six consecutive year-end No. 1 rankings from 1993 to 1998. In 2007, he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
His total net worth is around 150 Million USD.
8. Andy Murray
Overall Titles: 3
Andy Murray ranked No. 328 in men’s singles and 89 in men’s doubles as of 26 August 2019. Murray represents Great Britain in his sporting activities and is a three-time Grand Slam tournament winner, two-time Olympic champion, Davis Cup champion, winner of the 2016 ATP World Finals, and former World no. 1 in tennis.
Murray’s defeat of Novak Djokovic in the 2012 US Open Final turned him into the first British player since 1977, and the first British man since 1936, to win a Grand Slam singles tournament. Murray is also the first British man to win multiple Wimbledon singles titles since Fred Perry in 1936, winning the tournament in 2013 and 2016.
Murray is the men’s singles 2012 and 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist, making him the only tennis player, male or female, to have won two Olympic singles titles. He featured in Great Britain’s Davis Cup-winning team in 2015, going 11–0 in his matches (8 singles and 3 doubles) as they secured their first Davis Cup title since 1936.
Andy Murray’s total net worth is around 165 Million USD.
7. Rafael Nadal
Overall Titles: 84
A Spanish professional tennis player, with the current rank of world No. 2 in the men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Rafael Nadal has won 19 Grand Slam singles titles, making him the 2nd most in history for male players, as well as a record 35 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles, 20 ATP Tour 500 titles, and the 2008 Olympic Gold Medal for Tennis Singles. In addition, Nadal has held the World no. 1 ranking for a total of 196 weeks, including being the year-end No. 1 four times.
Nadal was a member of the winning Spain Davis Cup team in 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2011. In 2010, he became the seventh male player in history and youngest of five in the Open Era, at age 24, to achieve the Career Grand Slam, and the second male player, after Andre Agassi, to complete the singles Career Grand Slam.
Rafael Nadal’s net worth is around 180 Million USD.
6. Andre Agassi
Nationality: United States
Overall Titles: 60
While Andre Agassi officially retired from professional tennis on 2006 due to back problems, he’s still one of the most successful tennis players in the world, with 8 Grand Slam titles and over 60 professional titles to his name, Andre Agassi’s years in the professional tennis circuit has made him a serious contender to go against back in the day, an 8-time Grand Slam champion, the first player to win all four Grand Slam tournaments on 3 different surfaces (hard, clay, and grass), and many other successes.
Andre Agassi’s total net worth is around 175 Million USD.
5. Serena Williams
Overall Titles: 72
This one needs no introduction at all. Serena Williams cemented herself as one of the best female tennis players of all time. Winning 39 Grand Slam Titles, and ranked by the Women’s Tennis Association as world no. 1 in singles on 8 separate occasions between 2002 and 2017. She holds the most Grand Slam titles in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles combined among active players and the most recent female player to hold all 4 Grand Slam titles simultaneously, and the third player to achieve this feat twice. The first two were Rod Laver and Graf. She is also, alongside her sister Venus, the most recent player to hold all 4 Grand Slam women’s doubles titles simultaneously.
Serena Williams has a total net worth of 180 Million USD.
4. Maria Sharapova
Overall Titles: 36
Sharapova became the world No. 1 for the first time on August 22, 2005, at the age of 18, becoming the first Russian female tennis player to top the singles rankings, and last held the ranking for the fifth time for four weeks from June 11, 2012, to July 8, 2012. Her 36 singles titles and five Grand Slam titles—two at the French Open and one each at the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and US Open—rank third amongst active players, behind Serena and Venus Williams. She won the year-ending WTA Finals in her debut in 2004, and has also won three doubles titles.
Despite an injury-prone career, Sharapova has achieved a rare level of longevity in the women’s game. She won at least one singles title a year from 2003 until 2015, a streak only bested by Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, and Chris Evert. Several tennis pundits and former players have called Sharapova one of tennis’s best competitors, with John McEnroe calling her one of the best the sport has ever seen.
Maria Sharapova’s total net worth is 195 Million USD.
3. Novak Djokovic
Overall Titles: 75
One of the best tennis players of all time and the current no. 1 in Men’s Singles Tennis by the ATP, Djokovic won 16 Grand Slam titles, alongside other accolades and held the no. 1 spot in the ATP rankings for over 270 weeks, and the first and only male player to win all nine of the Masters 1000 tournaments.
He’s the first male player to represent Serbia that has won a Grand Slam singles title. A fiercely competitive athlete and incredible tennis phenom, his various rivalries with Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, and other renowned tennis players are legendary in both the times they found each other on the opposite sides of the court, and on how long said matches tend to go for.
Novak Djokovic’s total net worth is 200 Million USD.
2. Roger Federer
Overall Titles: 102
A favorite among the fans and one of the best of the best in the sport, Roger Federer’s career in tennis is one to watch. With his rivalry on various other players like Novak Djokovic and others, Roger Federer is a man who overcame struggles in order to get to where he is now, with two almost career ending injuries that he recovered from in good form, all the while doing his best in the sport.
Roger Federer has a total net worth of 450 Million USD.
1. Ion Tiriac
Overall Titles: 1
Now you’re probably wondering why I have Ion Tiriac here in this list, he’s a businessman and not a tennis player right? Wrong. Ion Tiriac once played professional tennis back in his early days, though he wasn’t that successful in the sport, only winning on 1 French Open in 1970. After he retired he became a tennis coach and manager for some of the most famous players in those days. Nowadays he’s a successful businessman, all the while supporting and contributing for the sport that he loves in many ways.
Ion Tiriac has a total net worth of 1.2 Billion USD.