Top 15 Highest-Paid Tennis Players Of All Time

Rafael Nadal

STARNBERG, November 7, 2022 (by Chris Renson)

Playing professional sports can be an extremely lucrative business if you possess the talent to rise to the top of the ranks during your career.

Tennis is undoubtedly a superb example of this in action, with many of the sport’s top stars banking eyewatering amounts of prize money each year.

If you are inclined towards betting on tennis, the names on the highest earners list will be extremely familiar to you given the success they have had.

A quick look at the latest markets on the sportsbook featured in this Ladbrokes review contains numerous players who are in the top 15 highest-paid tennis players of all time:

  1. Novak Djokovic – $159,495,978
  2. Rafael Nadal – $131,661,446
  3. Roger Federer $130,594,339
  4. Serena Williams – $94,816,730
  5. Andy Murray – $63,195,934
  6. Pete Sampras – $43,280,489
  7. Venus Williams – $42,403,103
  8. Simona Halep – $40,203,437
  9. Maria Sharapova – $38,777,962
  10. Stan Wawrinka – $35,251,430
  11. Caroline Wozniacki – $35,233,415
  12. Victoria Azarenka – $34,771,763
  13. Petra Kvitova -$34,747,311
  14. Alexander Zverev – $32,407,055
  15. Angelique Kerber – $31,886,468

Given their respective achievements in tennis, it is no surprise to see Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer fill the top three places in the list.

The trio have won 63 Grand Slams between them during a period where they have pushed tennis into a completely different stratosphere.

With Djokovic and Nadal still competing at the top level, their respective career earnings are guaranteed to keep rising over the next few years.

One of the most surprising elements of the top 15 list is that it features eight players from the WTA Tour and just seven from the ATP Tour.

It has long been argued that the disparity in prize money in men’s and women’s tournaments is an issue that should be addressed.

However, it appears that many female tennis stars have done extremely well for themselves judging by the prize money they have earned.

Serena Williams is unsurprisingly the top female on the list behind the top three men, with the 23-time Grand Slam winner pocketing more than $94.8 million during her career.

Andy Murray is next in the rankings having amassed over $63.1m in prize money since turning professional in 2005.

It could be argued that Murray has been unfortunate to play during the same era as Djokovic, Nadal and Federer, although the size of his bank balance tempers any sympathy!

Pete Sampras is currently sixth in the prize money standings, although his position may come under threat from several players over the next few years.

They include German star Alexander Zverev, who is 14th on the list after claiming more than $32.4m in prize money to date.

The 25-year-old still has plenty of time left to climb the standings and should at least force his way into the top five earners before he retires.

However, whether he will be able to overtake Djokovic, Nadal and Federer is extremely debatable given the standards they set during a glittering era for professional tennis.