Tennis, we all are familiar with this popular sport. It is a racket sport played by 2 or more individuals. Either against a single opponent or between two teams of two players in each team. One has to strike a hollow rubber ball with the racket that is strung with a cord. It is also an Olympic sport that is played at all ages and all levels of the society. Even wheelchair user can also take part in the game of tennis.
There is two kinds of tennis; one is lawn tennis another is table tennis. The lawn tennis was originated in Birmingham, England in the 19th Century. Millions of recreational players take part in this game. This sport is also lucrative as the players earn well as prize money.
List of the world’s top 10 richest tennis players in 2017
10. Li Na (Net Worth $40 Million)
She is a Chinese Professional tennis player was born on 26 February 1982. Her contribution is great in making the tennis sport famous in the country of China. She retired early due to her frequent injuries. Otherwise, her achievements could have been much better. She started playing tennis at a very early age and after few years she turned into a professional player. Even she has coached her husband sometimes. Her husband often helped her during her pre-match preparations.
9. Anna Kournikova (Net Worth $50 Million)
Anna Kournikova was born on 7th June 1981. She is a tennis professional from Russia. She started her career in Tennis at the Age of 5. She participated in the junior championship a few years later and later when she was ten she moved to U.S. to get training from Florida Tennis Academy. In the meantime, she claimed a lot of international junior tournaments, and she was declared International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior World Champion in the year 1995.
8. Novak Djokovic (Net Worth $60 Million)
Serbian national, Novak Djokovic was born on 22nd may, 1987. He was from a sound and stable family. His parents owned a family sports company. They owned three restaurants and one tennis academy under this company. Though his father was an excellent soccer player, he is a genius in the field of tennis. At the age of 13 Novak was sent to Pilic Academy in Munich to get trained for high-level competitions. At the age 14, he started his international career in the year 2001. He won Australian Open in 2008. In Davis Cup 2010 he led the Serbian national team.
7. Venus Williams (Net Worth $60 Million)
Venus Williams was born on 17th June 1980 in Lynwood, California. Her father Richard Williams introduced her to this game. Near to Compton her hometown, She learned Tennis on the public court of Los Angeles. The Area was very famous for street crimes and gang activities. Her younger sister was also a well-defined tennis player. Richard wanted that both her daughters understand the difficulties of life and also wanted them to stay prepared for the worst possible scenarios. She was ranked no. 1, three times in the world and is the 1st African-American to be ranked no. 1 in the era of open Tennis. Behind her Sister, She is the 2nd highest earning female Tennis Athlete behind her sister, Serena. She also won two gold medals in the Olympics.
6. Rafael Nadal (Net Worth $80 Million)
Rafael Nadal is a Spanish national tennis player born on June 3, 1986, in Manacor, Balearic Islands, Spain. Rafael has been ranked No. 1 in the world several times and is also considered to be one of the greatest tennis players of the world. In the year 2012, he was out of action for seven months due to a knee injury. However, in the year 2013, he returned to lead for a men’s tournament in prize money $6.8 billion. In December he left IMG to start the management company of hi own with his father and manager. His major sponsors include Kia Motors, Bacardi, Nike, etc.
5.Maria Sharapova (Net Worth $90 Million)
Maria Sharapova, the queen of tennis, was born on 19th April 1987. She was coached by Sven Groeneveld. Her father’s name is Yuri, and Mother’s name is Yelena. She started her career in Tennis at a very early age of 4 like Serena. The Russian pro-player was declared grand slam single champion for three times among the top highest paid female athletes. By winning French Open she achieved career grand slam in 2012. In the year 2004, she defeated Serena Williams and won Wimbledon. Moreover, later he won the US and the Australian Open. She also achieved Career in Grand Slam which made her the 10th Female Player.
4. Serena Williams (Net Worth $100 Million)
Serena Williams is a professional tennis player as well as a world champion tennis player. She stands 4th in the list of world’s richest tennis players list. She and her sister Venus were inclined towards tennis at a very early age. From the beginning of 2011, she racked up 15 tournament victories. She has been ranked no.1 in the world for six times. She holds equity deals with HSN, Mission, and the Miami Dolphins, Sleep Sheets, etc.
3. Pete Sampras (Net Worth $150 Million)
Pete Sampras is a Retired tennis professional. He isFrom American Greek Origin. He was ranked world’s no. 1 for 286 weeks. He ended his career in 2002 at US Open. He was the first to break the pre-Open Era record of 12 Grand Slams single titles made by Roy Emerson. He holds no one ranking record for six years.
2. Andre Agassi (Net Worth $175 Million)
Agassi was a US national and was born in 1970. He was the winner of several junior national titles for United Stated Tennis Association. Agassi won his 1st Grand Slam in Wimbledon. He was accused of drug utilizations, and the test on this resulted positive. This affected both his personal life and professional life. In 1999 he returned backed to his career finally with excellent winning in US Open and French.
1. Roger Federer (Net Worth $180 Million)
Federer is a Swiss national professional Tennis player. At present, he is ranked No. 3 in the world by the Association of Tennis Professional (ATP). He is the greatest of all times. He became professional in 1988. For 302 weeks he remained world’s no. 1. He is one of those seven tennis professional men who has got 17 Grand Slam single titles. In an exhibition tour to South America, for six matches he netted 14 million dollars. Moet, Rolex, Nike, etc are his endorsed brands.
Tennis has been one of the highly lucrative, watched and entertaining sports with worldwide attractiveness. So if you want to enjoy this game then do watch the matches of these players.