Forbes magazine names Federer as one of the highest paid athletes

By Lisa-Marie Burrows

Federer is not only at the top of the ATP rankings, he is also takes the top spot for the highest paid tennis player.(Photo credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Forbes, the famous American magazine of economics and finance will publish a list of the highest paid tennis players from July 2011 to July 2012 in its next issue. Of course when it comes to the No.1 ranking – and not just in the ATP tennis ranking – the top spot is all also taken by Roger Federer, who in the time period mentioned has accumulated an astonishing 54.3 million dollars. This nest egg is the sum of 9.3 million due to premiums earned in tournaments and the other remaining 45 million that he has earned has come from sponsors and exhibitions. His list of sponsors is a long and prestigious collection, for example, Credit Suisse, Gillette, Mercedes-Benz, Rolex, Lindt … However, the large amount is mostly due to the big deal he has with his clothing sponsorship company, Nike, estimated to be worth over $ 10 million per season.

Below is the list of the top ten richest players in tennis:

1. Roger Federer ($ 54.3 million)

2. Rafael Nadal (32.4)

3. Maria Sharapova (27.1)

4. Novak Djokovic ($ 19.8)

5. Li Na ($ 18.4)

6. Serena Williams ($ 16.3)

7. Caroline Wozniacki ($ 13.7)

8. Andy Murray ($ 12)

9. Victoria Azarenka ($ 9.7)

10. Andy Roddick ($ 8.8)

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About Lisa-Marie Burrows

Lisa-Marie Burrows has a MA in Sports Broadcast Journalism and is a freelance sports journalist. She has covered many national and international tennis tournaments and has worked in Paris for Eurosport News channel. She is a member of the International Press Association and a journalist for its online magazine, IMPress. She has contributed articles for various leading websites including,,, and Lisa-Marie operates her tennis website where you can read her reports. She can be reached at or on Twitter @TennisNewsViews.

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