Among the most famous sports icons ever, legendary Roger Federer has also emerged the richest tennis player in the world – leaving behind Serbian Novak Djokovic in top prize money earners’ list in the Open Era. With a prize purse of US $3,240,400 (Aus dollar 4,000,000), Federer has reached an all-time high $115,050,482 in career prize monies. Now second placed, Djokovic, has till date tallied $109,995,291.
The Networth Post has reported Federer’s total earnings at $420 million.
Off the court too, Federer has set revenue charts on fire with his lucrative endorsement deals. According to Forbes, the tennis legend has earned $63.5 million in 2017 alone. He has been placed at No. 4 in the Forbes’ highest paid athletes list for 2017. His multiple-year commercial deal is with pasta brand Barilla last year is reported to be worth around $40m.
At 36 the oldest player in four decades to reach a Grand Slam final, Federer is also a big benefactor for charity. He has raised more $4m last year with appearances for exhibition games in Switzerland and the USA. The Roger Federer Foundation has raised $40m, of which around $30m are donated for the cause of education in Africa.
In the Open era, there is no better player than Federer – not just in terms of 20 titles, but also for reaching the finals, semi-finals or the quarter-finals. Rafael Nadal is four short of Federer’s’ 20 titles. To Rafa’s 30 finals, Nadal to his credit has 23 shots at the Grand Slam titles; Federer also heads the table for semi-finals appearance with 43 (Jimmy Connors and Novak Djokovic are tied at 31) and quarter-finals appearances with 52 (Connors comes next at 41).
In his 30th Grand Slam final appearance, Federer at the Melbourne Park on Sunday walked away with a record 20th title – his sixth at the Australian Open. There are many firsts in the 20-year journey at the top. The list includes eight Wimbledon crowns, five title triumphs at the US Open and one victory in the French Open final. The one-off win may not aptly define the Swiss icons control on the red clay of Rolland Garros. Federer has made it to the six finals in his 17 French Open appearances.
Listed at No.4 on the Forbes’ Highest Paid Athletes list, Federer is the top earner in tennis. He makes $50 to $60 million a year from prize money and endorsements from Nike and the Swiss companies Nationale Suisse, Credit Suisse, Rolex, Lindt, Sunrise, and Jura Elektroapparate. His other sponsors include Mercedes-Benz, Gillette, Wilson, and Moët & Chandon champagne. Federer has also been an ambassador for NetJets, Emmi and Maurice Lacroix.
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Meanwhile, Federer’s apparel and shoe partner Nike has released a limited edition, commemorative T-Shirt to celebrate his record 20th Grand Slam title.