It wouldn’t be an overstatement if we say that tennis players receive almost the same adulation as Hollywood celebrities do. Apart from getting paid for their magic with the racket, these sports stars earn handsomely during their glorious ATP and WTP tours. But no matter how much we talk about equal prize money, the earnings of the top male players still surpass most of their female counterparts.
So, who are the world’s top 5 highest paid male tennis players as of 2018? Let’s get down to a list.
1. Roger Federer
Federer is undoubtedly the highest paid tennis player in the world today. This Swiss-born sports legend has a net worth of around 180 million dollars and has earned a total of $52 million by endorsing all bigwig sports companies like Rolex, Nike, Wilson, Credit Suisse and Moet & Chandon. In the current year, he has already recorded earnings of around 64 million dollars.
2. Novak Djokovic
Nadal, the king of clay courts, is second on our list of the highest paid male tennis players 2018. The Serbia hunk has earned about 37.6 million dollars in the current year of 2018. Apart from getting numerous sponsorships from major brands, he was also chosen as the UNICEF goodwill ambassador in August 2015.
3. Kei Nishikori
The 28-year-old player from Japan has endorsed the Wilson BLX Steam 99 racquet, and is sponsored by companies like TAG Heuer and Delta Airlines. Nishikori has earned around 33.9 million dollars in 2018. The ace sportsman has also started his own phone application with keisapp.com.
4. Rafael Nadal
Nicknamed as “Rafa”, Rafael Nadal has earned around 31.5 million dollars in the current year by now. He is one of the greatest clay court players the world will ever witness and his earnings are bolstered by endorsements and sponsorships from topnotch companies like Kia Motors and Nike.
5. Andy Murray
The two-time Grand Slam champion has managed to earn around 28.8 million dollars in 2018. Murray’s earnings get amplified by his $30 million endorsement deal with Adidas for five years, as well as a $25 million agreement with Under Armour that started in 2014. He was also appointed as the global ambassador for UNICEF, WWF, Malaria No More and United for wildlife.
This list keeps on changing every year as many new names make an impact on the game. But, for now, these big fishes are among the highest paid male tennis players of 2018.