Tennis has slowly grown into one of the highest-earning individual sports in the world, alongside golf and boxing. Thanks to the legends of the past like Boris Becker, Andre Agassi, Billie Jean King, and countless others who increased the popularity of the sport massively, players of the modern age have a platform wherein they earn millions of dollars not only by playing matches but also from their sponsorships.
In this article, we are going to talk about the top 5 richest tennis players in the world at the end of 2023. The following list not only includes the active players but is an all-time list, as otherwise, the list would have been incomplete to begin with. The surprising fact about it is that players like Andre Agassi, Maria Sharapova, and Pete Sampras have failed to find a spot in the list despite being generation-defining tennis players.
5. Rafael Nadal – $220 Million
Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal is considered to be one of the finest tennis players of all time and is a part of the ‘Big-3’ in tennis that includes him, Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic. He has won 22 Grand Slams in his career – the second most by any men’s tennis player ever. He used to be the first on this list but recently, Novak Djokovic broke his record.
Nadal missed most of the 2023 season owing to an injury that he suffered in the 2023 Australian Open. He is set to make his comeback in the 2023-24 Brisbane Open before heading into the 2024 Australian Open. His net worth is currently $220 Million.
4. Novak Djokovic – $240 Million
Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal (Net Worth: $220 Million) by just $20 million to become the fifth richest tennis player in the world. Djokovic is the most decorated tennis player in the world, having won 24 Grand Slams, the highest by any player ever. Many fans consider him to be the GOAT of tennis.
In 2023, he won three Grand Slams (Australian Open, French Open, and US Open) and also made it to the final of Wimbledon. In total, he won seven trophies this year, including the ATP Finals and the Paris Masters.
3. Serena Williams – $300 Million
Serena Williams is by far the most successful and recognizable women’s tennis player of all time. She is one of those players, alongside Billie Jean King and Maria Sharapova, who promoted women’s tennis the most and made the division famous. She has won 23 Grand Slams, the most by any women’s player and the second-highest by any player ever.
Apart from that, she has a degree in fashion and opened a brand named S by Serena, which is another source of revenue for her. Moreover, her investments in businesses and sports companies have made her immensely wealthy. Serena is worth somewhere around $300 million in 2023. She is now retired
2. Roger Federer – $600 Million
Roger Federer is by far the most recognizable tennis player of all time and is one of the players who made the sport famous in the modern era. He retired from the 2022 Laver Cup and now mostly focuses on his family, brand deals, and companies. Federer has 20 Grand Slams to his name, which is a lot but he has already been overtaken by Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. He is also a part of the ‘Big 3’ of tennis.
Federer has been working a lot on his company, ‘On Running’. He recently appointed Iga Swiatek and Ben Shelton as the brand ambassadors for the company. His current net worth is roughly $600 million.
1. Ion Tiriac – $2 Billion
Ion Tiriac is by far the richest tennis player of all time. He has a net worth of around $2 billion. This is basically because he was an extremely successful businessman who turned pro in 1968, not the other way around. By 1970, he had won both the Italian and French Open doubles.
He became a sports manager and mentor later. The Romanian is famously known as the Brasov bulldozer” and made his money from the Tiriac Group which focuses on energy, finance, sports management, real estate and aviation.