Tennis has always been a sport that has helped its players create huge fortunes for themselves. The prize money given in various tennis tournaments is way more than what the majority of the other sports offer.
However, apart from prize money, a tennis player has a lot of sources of income. The prize money received from various tournaments is just a small portion of their net worth; various endorsements throughout their career, business ventures and other investments increase their income manifolds.
In this article, we will discuss the top 10 richest ATP players as per net worth in 2023. The list includes mostly legendary names who were successful on the court as well as in other things they did outside it. So let’s begin…
Top 10 Richest ATP Players:
10. Andy Roddick ($40 million)
The 10th and the first player to feature on the list of richest ATP players is Andy Roddick. A former US Open champion, Roddick reached the Grand Slam finals on three other occasions as well but every time he lost to Federer. He also held the World No.1 ranking briefly in his career.
Roddick had major endorsements throughout his career. A five-year deal with Reebok, then a $25 million deal with Lacoste and also a multi-year deal with carmaker Lexus, which has helped the American make a good fortune and that’s why his net worth currently stands at $40 million.
9. Bjorn Borg ($80 million)
Another tennis great from yesteryears, Bjorn Borg occupies the ninth position on this list. An 11-time Grand Slam champion, Borg is famous for his rivalry against John McEnroe, which is considered to be one of the best on court rivalries tennis has ever witnessed. His 6 Majors at the French Open is only topped by Nadal’s 14 in the Open Era.
Bjorn Born was the first professional tennis player to earn more than $1 million in tournament money in a single year. In addition to tournament earnings, Bjorn earned millions from endorsements during his professional career and also launched a very successful fashion brand after his retirement. That’s why his current net worth stands at $80 million.
8. John McEnroe ($100 million)
Another American on this list and the player tied with Murray on the basis of net worth is John McEnroe. A 7-time Major winner, McEnroe is the only male player in tennis history to hold the world no.1 ranking in both singles and doubles simultaneously. He finished his career with 77 singles titles and 78 doubles titles on ATP Tour, a total of a whopping 155 titles, which remains the highest men’s combined total of the Open Era.
There is little information available on his endorsements or business ventures, but McEnroe has been a part of a host of films and television series, which made him a good fortune. That’s why the American’s current net worth stands at $100 million.
7. Andy Murray ($100 million)
The player ranked 7 on this list is 3-time Grand Slam champion Sir Andy Murray. The only player, male or female, to clinch two Olympic gold medals in singles, Murray has a career plagued with injuries. However, during his peak, the Briton was world no.1 for 41 weeks, and was ranked inside the top 10 for all but one month from July 2008 through October 2017.
Murray during his prime has received constant money-minting endorsements, whether a five-year deal worth £30 million with Adidas in 2009 or a 4-year partnership with athletic apparel company Under Armour worth $25 million in 2014. As a result, Murray’s current net worth stands at $100 million.
6. Andre Agassi ($145 million)
Following closely on this list is Sampras’s long-time friend, compatriot and rival, Andre Agassi. An 8-time Major winner as well as Olympic gold medalist, Agassi is considered the most stylish player tennis has ever witnessed. He was the first man to win all four singles Grand Slams on three different surfaces (hard, clay and grass).
Being stylish and handsome Agassi had several endorsements during his playing days. Moreover, he has been in several business ventures, most noticeably buying a 10% stake in Nevada First Bank in 1999 and making a huge $10 million profit when it was sold to Western Alliance Bancorp in 2006. As a result, Agassi’s current net worth is $145 million.
5. Pete Sampras ($150 million)
The next player on this list is an all time great, the American Pete Sampras. During his career, Sampras won 14 Grand Slams, an all-time record at the time of his retirement. He held the position of word no.1 ranking for a total of 286 weeks (third all-time), which includes the Open Era record of six consecutive year-end no.1 rankings which he achieved during 1993-98. Sampras had an accurate and powerful serve, which earned him the nickname “Pistol Pete”.
During his tennis career, Sampras earned $43 million and more than another $100 million from endorsements and special appearances. Hence, his total net worth currently stands at $150 million.
4. Rafael Nadal ($220 million)
At fourth spot in this list is another member of the “Big Three”, Rafael Nadal. Widely regarded as the greatest ever clay court player, Nadal is currently tied with Djokovic at 22 Grand Slams, of which a mind-boggling 14 have come at the French Open. He is one of the only two men to have completed a Career Golden Slam in singles (All 4 Majors and the Olympic gold medal).
Off the court, the Spaniard has been sponsored by Kia Motors since 2006. Nails serves as Nadal’s clothing and shoe sponsor. As a result of these sponsors and other endorsements, Nadal is currently tied with Djokovic with a net worth of $220 million.
3. Novak Djokovic ($220 million)
Closely following Federer on third spot is his one of the greatest rival, Novak Djokovic. A 22-time Major winner, the most ever in the history of men’s singles tennis, Djokovic is one of the greatest to grace the sport, if not the greatest. The Serb has been ranked world no.1 for a record total of 387 weeks in a record 12 years, and has finished as the year-end No.1 a record seven times.
Djokovic’s current net worth stands at $220 million, which majorly includes prize money won at different tournaments. His other sources of income are business investments and endorsements such as of Serbian telecommunications company Telekom Srbija and German nutritional supplement brand FitLine.
2. Roger Federer ($1.38 Billion)
The player who is a distant second on this list is none other than Roger Federer. A 20-time Grand Slam winner, Federer a has accomplished everything a person could do in tennis. He is an icon to millions of people who follow tennis. Fondly called as the Swiss Maestro, Federer has won 103 singles titles on the ATP Tour, the second most of all time.
Besides being successful on court, Federer has done quite a great job off it as well. In May 2020, the Swiss became the first tennis player to reach the top of the Forbes list of highest-paid athletes in the world. Moreover, he is endorsed by Japanese clothing giant Uniqlo. Federer’s other sponsors include Mercedes-Benz, Gillette, Wilson and many other popular brands. Federer’snet worth of $1.38 billionputs him miles ahead of his rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in terms of accumulated wealth.
1. Ion Triac ($2 billion)
Also known as the “Brasov Bulldozer”, Ion Tiriac is a former professional tennis player and the President of the Romanian Tennis Federation. As a tennis player, Tiriac won the 1970 French Open in men’s doubles and has also 5 World University Games medals to his name. The Romanian has also been a professional ice hockey player.
In 1990, Tiriac started his business career by founding the Ion Tiriac Bank, the first private bank in post-communist Romania. As of writing this article, Forbes has ranked him at 1505 with a net worth of a whopping $2 billion.
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