The game of tennis is one of the most rewarding in the world of sports. Tennis professionals earn hefty amounts not only through sponsorships but also prize money. We look at 5 highest prize money earners in the history of this sport.
5. Pete Sampras
The holder of 14 Grand Slams, Sampras dominated the world of tennis throughout the 1990s. He also held the World Number 1 spot for 286 weeks which was the highest before being improved by Roger Federer.
In his amazing career, Sampras won 43 Million US $. This was also the record at the time Pistol Pete hung his racket in 2002.
4. Andy Murray
He is regarded as the greatest British tennis professional in the Open Era. The holder of 2 Wimbledon titles and 1 US Open title Murray is the only player to become World Number 1 in the BIG 3 Era.
Andy has so far won more than 61 Million US $ in his career. This looks set ti increase as the Brit is all set to make a comeback in the Grass season this year.
3. Rafael Nadal
The King of Clay has now taken his Grand Slam count to 18 by winning this year’s Roland Garros title again. Nadal has been one of the most dominant figures in tennis history.
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The Great Spaniard had now won more than 109 Million US $ in his career. This makes him 3rd highest prize winner of all time.
There are not many records in tennis where Roger Federer stand 2nd and the prize money is one of those few. The Swiss Maestro has won more than 124 Million US $ in his 2 decade long career.
This record could further improve when Federer starts his Grass Court season particularly at Wimbledon. Roger is a strong favorite there to take his Grand Slam tally to a record establishing 21.
The Serbian Giant has now won 15 Major titles. And with this glory has come a treasure of prize money. Nole holds a record of more than 131 Million US $ won till now. He leads both his great rivals Federer and Nadal.
The Serb looks still healthy to compete at the highest level for many years. This could mean more increase in the prize money before he calls it a day.