Roger Federer highest paid player in 2022 despite year-long absence

Roger Federer

Despite not competing in a match for nearly 14 months, former world number one Roger Federer maintained his position at the top of the list of tennis players earning the highest paid for the 17th consecutive year, according to Forbes

Federer, 41, hasn’t played since Wimbledon last year because to knee issues that afflicted the Swiss ace in his later years of competition. 

The money came from “endorsements, appearances and other business endeavours,” yet the 20-time Grand Slam champion still earned an estimated $90 million before taxes and agents’ fees during the past 12 months to top the list. 

The second-highest earner on the list is Naomi Osaka of Japan, who owns four major titles and earned $56.2 million in the previous 12 months. 

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She earns more than Serena Williams, who is scheduled to retire after the US Open, which starts next week. Serena Williams is the highest-paid female tennis player. 

Williams has earned $35.1 million this year, surpassing both Novak Djokovic ($27.1 million) and Rafa Nadal ($31.4 million), the former men’s number one. 

Emma Raducanu, the US Open champion, debuted on the list after becoming the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam championship in the Open Era last year. 

The US Open champion and world number one for men, Daniil Medvedev, is seventh on the list with $19.3 million, behind the British teenager in sixth place with $21.1 million. 

Venus Williams ($12 million) and Kei Nishikori ($13.2 million) are in eighth and ninth place, respectively, and Carlos Alcaraz ($10.9 million) of Spain wraps up the top 10. 

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