US Open 2021: Federer tops Forbes’ list of top-earning tennis players, Osaka and Djokovic in top 5

US Open 2021: Roger Federer tops Forbes’ list of top-earning tennis players, Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic in top 5
US Open 2021: Roger Federer tops Forbes’ list of top-earning tennis players, Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic in top 5

US Open 2021: Roger Federer tops Forbes’ list of top-earning tennis players, Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic in top 5: Roger Federer was the highest-earning tennis player in the world over the last 12 months, making about $90.6 million before taxes, despite the Swiss maestro’s time on court being limited by injury, Forbes’ said on Thursday. Federer, who has skipped this year’s US Open due to a knee injury, made less than $1 million from playing tennis, with the bulk of his income coming from endorsements, Forbes’ said.

Japan’s Naomi Osaka is the second-highest earner on the list, with $60.1 million in pre-tax income, more than 90% of which she made off court, with Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal completing the top five.

US Open 2021: Roger Federer tops Forbes’ list of top-earning tennis players, Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic in top 5

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Williams and Nadal are also out of the year’s final Grand Slam due to injury.

The 10 highest-paid tennis players collectively earned $320 million over the last 12 months, down 6% from last year, largely due to tournaments and lucrative exhibition matches being cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Forbes’ said.

Despite the decrease, the top 10 made more money off court, taking in $281 million from endorsements, or 4% more than the previous year, even with reduced spending by a number of brands.

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Roger Federer – $90.6 million

Naomi Osaka – 60.1 million
Serena Williams – $41.8 million
Novak Djokovic – $38 million
Rafa Nadal – $27 million

Kei Nishikori – $26 million
Daniil Medvedev – $13.9 million
Dominic Thiem – $8.9 million
Stefanos Tsitsipas – $8.1 million
Ash Barty – $5.8 million

US Open 2021: Roger Federer tops Forbes’ list of top-earning tennis players, Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic in top 5

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