Roger Federer leads list of game`s top moneymakers

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 12:25

New York: Roger Federer has not won a Grand Slam title this year but the 17-time Grand Slam champion topped Forbes magazine`s list of the 10 top tennis moneymakers announced Monday.

The Swiss star made $56.2 million (42.6 million euros) from July of last year through this past June, with endorsement deals from such firms as Rolex and Nike bringing the lion`s share of that total, more than $40 million (30 million euros).

At age 33, Federer owns three titles in 2014 and was a Wimbledon runner-up, dropping the final in five sets to top-ranked Novak Djokovic.

Five men and five women made this year`s list.

Spaniard Rafael Nadal, who won his ninth French Open crown this past June, ranked second on the list at $44.5 million (33.7 million euros) but was on the sidelines Monday as the US Open began in New York because of a wrist injury. Nadal had $30 million (22.7 million euros) in sponsor money.

Serbia`s Djokovic was third with $33.1 million (25 million euros) that included $12.1 million (9.1 million euros) in prize money.

Russian beauty Maria Sharapova was fourth overall but topped the women on the list with $24.4 million (18.5 million euros), $22 million (16.6 million euros) of it from endorsements.

China`s Li Na, who won her second Grand Slam title in January at the Australian Open, was fifth on $23.6 million with $18 million in endorsement income. She is absent from the US Open with a knee injury.

World number one Serena Williams ranked sixth on the money list with $22 million, half from prize money.

Britain`s Andy Murray, whose earnings jumped more than $4 million after he became the first British man to win the Wimbledon crown since 1936 last year, ranked seventh on $19.1 million (14.4 million in euros), with $15 million (11.3 million euros) of that from endorsements.

With his adidas contract expiring this year, a lucrative new deal with adidas or Nike could raise his total next year no matter how he fares at this year`s US Open.

Victoria Azarenka was eighth at $11.1 million (8.4 million euros), with $7.5 million (5.6 million euros) from endorsements, with Japan`s Kei Nishikori ninth on $11 million 8.3 million euros) that included $9 million (6.8 million euros) in sponsorship deals and Denmark`s Caroline Wozniacki 10th on $10.8 million (8.1 million euros), $9.5 million (7.2 million euros)of that from endorsements.

AFP

First Published: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 12:25

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