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Top 5 Most Searched Women Tennis Players in 2017

1. Serena Williams

Serena Williams is an American female professional tennis player who has been ranked as nor1. From 2002 – 2017 by the Women’s tennis association. She is the only woman who has tried to break a record set by Steffi Graff for the most consecutive wins in the history of women’s tennis. She has a grand slam title record of 39 making her third on the list of all time record holders. She has recently gained popularity and perhaps becoming the most searched tennis women player in most search engines due to her recent victory in WTA Auckland open and the US open. On January 28th, she won the Australian open by defeating her sister Venus Williams. What has increased popularity is by announcing that she was 8 weeks pregnant after she won the Australian Open.

2. Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova, tennis player, participated in the tennis opens held in the US. During the event, she wore shoes and dress provided by Nike which is her main sponsor. Maria won by beating Simona Halep in two of the three sets. She won with an aggregate record of 7-0 against her closest opponent Simona Halep. This win made her progress to the second round. She has also gained popularity especially when she was found with doping issues. She failed a drug test and was eliminated from the competition by the International Tennis Federation in the Australia opens. Nike, Maria’s main sponsor said that it had put its operation on hold as the investigations go on.

After the International Tennis Federation concluded their investigation, they gave a report which stated that Maria Sharapova did not intentionally break the drug rules. Based on this report Maria’s main sponsor Nike said that they were satisfied with the report and said that Maria made an honest mistake and they would continue to offer support to her.

3. Simona Halep

Simona Halep is a Romanian tennis player who was ranked 3rd by Women’s International Tennis federation in 2017. However, she was beaten by Maria Sharapova during the US tennis opens. She is said to be an aggressive baseline player whose favorite playing style is serve. She is one of the most paid female athletes with a number of key sponsors. Currently her clothing is provided by Addidas, her shoes provided by Nike and her apparel provided by Lacoste. She has won the US open twice the recent being in the 2015 US open.

4. Venus Williams

Venus Williams is an American professional tennis player and a sister to the tennis champion Serena Williams. She has been ranked 4th by the Women’s International Tennis Federation. She has gained popularity and become one of the most searched women tennis professionals after winning the 2017 French tennis opens. She has also gained popularity among fans due to the alleged rivalry between her and Serena Williams.

5. Flavia Pennetta

This is another women’s tennis player who has rocked the internet to be among the most searched women tennis player in 2017. She is an Italian tennis profession who has won several tennis matches. She has gained popularity and appeared in most search engines due to the recent birth of her child.

Nike to Continue Maria Sharapova Sponsorship

Nike has been the main sponsor of Maria Sharapova over the last 8 years. The tennis player has been wearing tennis shoes and dresses provided by Nike in most of her career. It is estimated that over the last 8 years, Nike has spent around 7 billion dollars in supporting her and providing shoes and dresses. Maria is one of the most paid female athletes sponsored by Nike.

She had been sponsored by Nike sportswear and a couple of companies before a 2-years drug ban. Nike had seen potential in her and that’s why it decided to sponsor her. After the tennis player revealed that she had tested positive in a drug test, Nike and other sponsors withdrew their sponsorship. She failed a drug test and was eliminated from the competition by the International Tennis Federation in the Australia opens. Nike, Maria’s main sponsor said that it had put its operation on hold as the investigations go on.

After the International Tennis Federation concluded their investigation, they gave a report which stated that Maria Sharapova did not intentionally break the drug rules. Based on this report Maria’s main sponsor Nike said that they were satisfied with the report and said that Maria made an honest mistake and they would continue to offer support to her.

Nike sportswear have been partnering with Maria Sharapova over the last 8 years at an estimated cost of over seven billion dollars. Due to her excellent performance in athlete, Nike says that Maria is an excellent choice to promote their sportswear products. During the event, she wore tennis shoes and dress provided by Nike which is her main sponsor. Being the most paid woman athlete, Maria Sharapova continues to perform as an excellent tennis pro. After she appealed the ban in court, Maria Sharapova was featured in the US opens. She wore Nike sportswear which confirmed that she was right back on track with Nike. In the US open, she faced Simona Halep in the first round. She beat Simona Halep (6-4), (4-6) and (6-3). This made her won and she advanced to the second round. It is important to note that this was her first game from the ban. To Nike, this win was very important since it proved to them that Maria was still in excellent form.

Fashionable Sharapova’s French Open 2014 Trophy Photo-shoot

 

Question: What happens when women’s tennis most glamorous player wins her second French Open title at the fashion capital of the world?

Answer: An equally glamorous fashion shoot with the trophy ensues. This is what happened on Sunday as Maria Sharapova stunned at the traditional champions trophy photo-shoot at the Trocadéro, overlooking the Eiffel Tower.

Photos are found here at this link.

Men’s Tennis Career Prize Money Leaders – 2014 Updates

May/June 2014 UPDATE: Nadal closes in on Roger Federer

Spanish world #1 continues to close in Roger Federer’s lead on men’s tennis career prize money leaders list. By reaching the finals at the 2014 French Open, Nadal is assured of at winning at least 750,000 euros. The current gap between Federer and Nadal is around $13 million. Novak Djokovic, also a 2014 French Open finalist along with Nadal is currently #3 in the list. David Ferrer, currently at #9 is the only player in the top 10 list without having won a Grand Slam and has never reached the #1 ranking.

ATP Career Prize Money Leaders (US$)
Prior to French Open 2014
1 Federer, Roger $81,245,913
2 Nadal, Rafael $68,240,345
3 Djokovic, Novak $61,215,267
4 Sampras, Pete $43,280,489
5 Agassi, Andre $31,152,975
6 Murray, Andy $30,968,220
7 Becker, Boris $25,080,956
8 Kafelnikov, Yevgeny $23,883,797
9 Ferrer, David $22,975,724
10 Lendl, Ivan $21,262,417
11 Roddick, Andy $20,637,390
12 Edberg, Stefan $20,630,941
13 Hewitt, Lleyton $20,133,139
14 Ivanisevic, Goran $19,878,007
15 Chang, Michael $19,145,632
16 Berdych, Tomas $17,783,298
17 Davydenko, Nikolay $16,153,783
18 Del Potro, Juan Martin $15,345,947
19 Kuerten, Gustavo $14,807,000
20 Bjorkman, Jonas $14,610,671

July 2012 UPDATE: Murray overtakes Edberg, Lendl; Federer earnings reaches $72.9 million

World no. 1 Roger Federer who won his 7th Wimbledon title this season has reached almost $73 million in career prize money earnings to continue and break his total prize money record. Second place Rafael Nadal remains far behind in second place, more than $20 million behind Federer. This year’s Wimbledon runner-up, Andy Murray, moved past two tennis legends by reaching his first ever Wimbledon final. He is now no. 8 in the standings, moving past Stefan Edberg and his current coach, Ivan Lendl. Murray remains the only player in the top 10 list without a Grand Slam title to his name. He is also the only player in the top 10 that hasn’t reached the no. 1 ranking. Wimbledon semi-finalist, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, moves closer to the $10 million mark with $9.7 million.

Top 100 Men’s Tennis Career Prize Money Leaders

Source: www.atpworldtour.com

Date: July 9, 2012

 

 Rnk  Player                                 Total Earnings
   1. Federer, Roger                         $72,918,077
   2. Nadal, Rafael                          $50,061,827
   3. Sampras, Pete                          $43,280,489
   4. Djokovic, Novak                        $38,120,025
   5. Agassi, Andre                          $31,152,975
   6. Becker, Boris                          $25,080,956
   7. Kafelnikov, Yevgeny                    $23,883,797
   8. Murray, Andy                           $21,473,551
   9. Lendl, Ivan                            $21,262,417
  10. Edberg, Stefan                         $20,630,941
  11. Roddick, Andy                          $20,412,850
  12. Ivanisevic, Goran                      $19,878,007
  13. Hewitt, Lleyton                        $19,194,603
  14. Chang, Michael                         $19,145,632
  15. Davydenko, Nikolay                     $15,131,022
  16. Kuerten, Gustavo                       $14,807,000
  17. Bjorkman, Jonas                        $14,600,323
  18. Ferrer, David                          $14,579,002
  19. Safin, Marat                           $14,373,291
  20. Courier, Jim                           $14,034,132
  21. Ferrero, Juan Carlos                   $13,961,459
  22. Moya, Carlos                           $13,443,970
  23. Stich, Michael                         $12,595,128
  24. McEnroe, John                          $12,552,132
  25. Muster, Thomas                         $12,266,977
  26. Henman, Tim                            $11,635,542
  27. Bruguera, Sergi                        $11,632,199
  28. Berdych, Tomas                         $11,489,088
  29. Rafter, Patrick                        $11,127,058
  30. Nalbandian, David                      $11,009,750
  31. Haas, Tommy                            $10,525,597
  32. Nestor, Daniel                         $10,468,689
  33. Enqvist, Thomas                        $10,461,641
  34. Korda, Petr                            $10,448,900
  35. Soderling, Robin                       $10,423,124
  36. Corretja, Alex                         $10,411,354
  37. Mirnyi, Max                            $10,222,885
  38. Ljubicic, Ivan                         $10,169,964
  39. Woodbridge, Todd                       $10,095,245
  40. Krajicek, Richard                      $10,077,425
  41. Santoro, Fabrice                       $10,021,132
  42. Ferreira, Wayne                         $9,969,617
  43. Rios, Marcelo                           $9,713,771
  44. Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried                     $9,686,586
  45. Youzhny, Mikhail                        $9,515,876
  46. Del Potro, Juan Martin                  $9,225,549
  47. Robredo, Tommy                          $9,224,246
  48. Bryan, Bob                              $9,027,763
  49. Rusedski, Greg                          $8,944,841
  50. Gonzalez, Fernando                      $8,862,276
  51. Verdasco, Fernando                      $8,815,199
  52. Bryan, Mike                             $8,798,840
  53. Connors, Jimmy                          $8,641,040
  54. Woodforde, Mark                         $8,571,605
  55. Stepanek, Radek                         $8,267,836
  56. Martin, Todd                            $8,254,455
  57. Grosjean, Sebastien                     $8,131,803
  58. Wilander, Mats                          $7,976,256
  59. Haarhuis, Paul                          $7,751,962
  60. Costa, Albert                           $7,685,228
  61. Novak, Jiri                             $7,618,613
  62. Melzer, Jurgen                          $7,526,571
  63. Kiefer, Nicolas                         $7,480,465
  64. Blake, James                            $7,458,014
  65. Schuettler, Rainer                      $7,407,508
  66. Llodra, Michael                         $7,228,929
  67. Johansson, Thomas                       $7,168,029
  68. Clement, Arnaud                         $7,125,228
  69. Hrbaty, Dominik                         $7,069,399
  70. Knowles, Mark                           $7,039,565
  71. Philippoussis, Mark                     $6,985,202
  72. Pioline, Cedric                         $6,921,029
  73. Fish, Mardy                             $6,912,141
  74. Paes, Leander                           $6,883,021
  75. Almagro, Nicolas                        $6,814,714
  76. Rosset, Marc                            $6,812,693
  77. Lopez, Feliciano                        $6,778,404
  78. Medvedev, Andrei                        $6,721,560
  79. Chela, Juan Ignacio                     $6,572,494
  80. Gasquet, Richard                        $6,494,296
  81. Lapentti, Nicolas                       $6,313,898
  82. Simon, Gilles                           $6,298,424
  83. Monfils, Gael                           $6,252,709
  84. Zimonjic, Nenad                         $6,160,363
  85. Bhupathi, Mahesh                        $6,067,173
  86. Gaudio, Gaston                          $6,066,156
  87. Coria, Guillermo                        $5,915,620
  88. Hlasek, Jakob                           $5,895,293
  89. Larsson, Magnus                         $5,839,451
  90. Nieminen, Jarkko                        $5,789,378
  91. Damm, Martin                            $5,735,972
  92. Forget, Guy                             $5,669,934
  93. Gilbert, Brad                           $5,509,060
  94. Wawrinka, Stanislas                     $5,482,975
  95. Tipsarevic, Janko                       $5,423,437
  96. Jarryd, Anders                          $5,378,067
  97. Sanchez, Emilio                         $5,339,395
  98. Mantilla, Felix                         $5,332,214
  99. Canas, Guillermo                        $5,285,575
 100. Wheaton, David                          $5,238,401

June 2012 UPDATE: Nadal surpasses $50 million mark; Ferrer in top 20

Two Spaniards performing really well in this year’s French Open at Roland Garros reached men’s prize money ranking milestones .World no. 2 Rafael Nadal won a record 7th title and broke the $50 million mark in career prize money earnings. He trails Roger Federer by more than $20 million as the Swiss legend stayed at the top of the list extending his record earnings to beyond $70 million. Spanish no. 2 player, David Ferrer, a semi-finalist at the French Open broke into the top 20 with total earnings of $14.3 million. Janko Tipsaveric, the world no. 8 also broke into the top 100 earners list with career prize money of $5.4 million.
Top 20 Men’s Tennis Career Prize Money Leaders

Source: www.atpworldtour.com

Date: June 25, 2012

 

 Rnk  Player                                 Total Earnings
   1. Federer, Roger                         $71,126,377
   2. Nadal, Rafael                          $50,025,798
   3. Sampras, Pete                          $43,280,489
   4. Djokovic, Novak                        $37,672,100
   5. Agassi, Andre                          $31,152,975
   6. Becker, Boris                          $25,080,956
   7. Kafelnikov, Yevgeny                    $23,883,797
   8. Lendl, Ivan                            $21,262,417
   9. Edberg, Stefan                         $20,630,941
  10. Murray, Andy                           $20,577,701
  11. Roddick, Andy                          $20,260,081
  12. Ivanisevic, Goran                      $19,878,007
  13. Hewitt, Lleyton                        $19,159,041
  14. Chang, Michael                         $19,145,632
  15. Davydenko, Nikolay                     $15,108,431
  16. Kuerten, Gustavo                       $14,807,000
  17. Bjorkman, Jonas                        $14,600,323
  18. Safin, Marat                           $14,373,291
  19. Ferrer, David                          $14,266,869
  20. Courier, Jim                           $14,034,132

05/12 Update: By virtue of reaching the finals of the 2012 Mutua Madrid Open, Roger Federer’s record career prize money has now exceeded $70 million dollars.

May 2012 UPDATE: Federer almost at $70 million mark; Murray in top 10

World #3 Roger Federer is almost at the $70 million mark with his current record earnings of $69,746,521. Federer did not play for the whole month of April but he’s entered in money-rich tennis tournaments in Madrid and Rome in the next two weeks. The Swiss simply needs to live up to his seeding in both tournaments to attain the $70 million milestone.

World #2 Rafael Nadal won the most prize money in the month of April earning almost $1 million by winning Monte-Carlo and Barcelona in back-to-back weeks. He remains in second place almost $22 million behind Federer. In perspective, the gap between Federer and Nadal is more than the career prize money of Ivan Lendl who is #8 in the list.

Andy Murray moved into the top 10 of the career prize money leaders list overtaking former American world no. 1 Andy Roddick. Murray is the only player in the top 10 who was never ranked as world no. 1 and who has not won multiple Grand Slams. Other players achieving milestones in the list are Swiss player Stanislas Wawrinka who entered the top 100 at #98 and Argentine Juan Martin del Potro who is now ranked #50.
Top 20 Men’s Tennis Career Prize Money Leaders

Source: www.atpworldtour.com

Date: May 7, 2012

Rnk  Player                                 Total Earnings
1. Federer, Roger                         $69,746,521
2. Nadal, Rafael                          $47,789,103
3. Sampras, Pete                          $43,280,489
4. Djokovic, Novak                        $36,501,649
5. Agassi, Andre                          $31,152,975
6. Becker, Boris                          $25,080,956
7. Kafelnikov, Yevgeny                    $23,883,797
8. Lendl, Ivan                            $21,262,417
9. Edberg, Stefan                         $20,630,941
10. Murray, Andy                           $20,338,013
11. Roddick, Andy                          $20,228,866
12. Ivanisevic, Goran                      $19,878,007
13. Chang, Michael                         $19,145,632
14. Hewitt, Lleyton                        $19,130,483
15. Davydenko, Nikolay                     $15,022,374
16. Kuerten, Gustavo                       $14,807,000
17. Bjorkman, Jonas                        $14,600,323
18. Safin, Marat                           $14,373,291
19. Courier, Jim                           $14,034,132
20. Ferrero, Juan Carlos                   $13,842,063

April 2012 UPDATE: Federer may be 1 or 2 tournaments away from $70 million; Murray reaches $20 million mark

World #3 Roger Federer is getting closer to the $70 million mark with his current record earnings of $69,746,521 as of April 2, 2012. He could have reached this milestone by reaching the finals of the Miami 2012 tennis tournament but he was an upset victim to former world #1 in the third round. Sony Ericsson Open champion and world #1 Novak Djokovic surpassed $36 million in career prize money earnings. He remains at the fourth spot behind Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Pete Sampras.

Andy Murray reached the $20 million mark by reaching the finals of the Miami 2012 tennis tournament. He is close to entering the top 10 as he trails current #10 Andy Roddick by “just” $28,000. Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro is set to displace American legend Jimmy Connors from the top 50 as he moves up to #51, less than $50,000 away from the #50 spot. Meanwhile, Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka is the next active player set to enter the top 100 list of prize money leaders. He is currently ranked #102, $35,000 away from current #100 Sjeng Schalken.
Top 20 Men’s Tennis Career Prize Money Leaders

Source: www.atpworldtour.com

Date: April 2, 2012

Rnk  Player                                 Total Earnings
1. Federer, Roger                         $69,746,521
2. Nadal, Rafael                          $46,789,842
3. Sampras, Pete                          $43,280,489
4. Djokovic, Novak                        $36,206,641
5. Agassi, Andre                          $31,152,975
6. Becker, Boris                          $25,080,956
7. Kafelnikov, Yevgeny                    $23,883,797
8. Lendl, Ivan                            $21,262,417
9. Edberg, Stefan                         $20,630,941
10. Roddick, Andy                          $20,228,866
11. Murray, Andy                           $20,200,873
12. Ivanisevic, Goran                      $19,878,007
13. Chang, Michael                         $19,145,632
14. Hewitt, Lleyton                        $19,130,483
15. Davydenko, Nikolay                     $15,016,970
16. Kuerten, Gustavo                       $14,807,000
17. Bjorkman, Jonas                        $14,600,323
18. Safin, Marat                           $14,373,291
19. Courier, Jim                           $14,034,132
20. Ferrero, Juan Carlos                   $13,842,063

March 2012 UPDATE: Federer’s prize money earnings approaching $70 million

While Novak Djokovic added almost $2.4 million to his career prize money earnings by winning the Australian Open 2012, the next major milestone in terms of tennis career prize money is going to be broken by Roger Federer within this year. The 16-time grand slam champion holds the record for most tennis prize money earnings with $ $67,930,818 and barring any sudden retirement, is most likely going to break that record even before his favorite tournament – Wimbledon – starts this year. Federer is currently $21 million ahead of the #2 person in the list, Rafael Nadal, who has won $46.3 million to date. To put that in perspective, only either male tennis players have won more than $21 million.

Of the top men’s tennis prize money earners, all those in the top 10 list are both Grand Slam winners and have achieved the #1 ranking. That is about to change this year as Andy Murray is set to break into the top 10 list. Murray has neither won a Grand Slam nor achieved the world #1 ranking, but he is less than $500,000 away from the top 10 list. He is currently #12 with $19.7 million and the current #10 in the list is Andy Roddick with $20.1 million.

In the top 100, 40 players have earned more than $10 million during the span of their tennis careers. The latest addition is doubles specialist Daniel Nestor who sailed past the $10 million mark with the $72,000 he earned at the recent Australian Open 2012 doubles tournament. At #50 in the list is recent Australian Open 2012 singles quarterfinalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who has earned $8.6 million. Rounding the top 100 is retired Dutch player Sjeng Schalken who has earned $5.2 million. Candidates to enter the top 100 men’s tennis prize money leaders list are active players Stanislas Wawrinka (#103), Marcos Baghdatis (#109), Philipp Kohlschreiber (#111), and Janko Tipsaveric (#112).
Top 20 Men’s Tennis Career Prize Money Leaders

Source: www.atpworldtour.com

Date: March 2, 2012

 

 Rnk  Player                                 TotalEarnings
   1. Federer, Roger                         $68,314,141
   2. Nadal, Rafael                          $46,300,862
   3. Sampras, Pete                          $43,280,489
   4. Djokovic, Novak                        $35,255,670
   5. Agassi, Andre                          $31,152,975
   6. Becker, Boris                          $25,080,956
   7. Kafelnikov, Yevgeny                    $23,883,797
   8. Lendl, Ivan                            $21,262,417
   9. Edberg, Stefan                         $20,630,941
  10. Roddick, Andy                          $20,146,069
  11. Ivanisevic, Goran                      $19,878,007
  12. Murray, Andy                           $19,674,559
  13. Chang, Michael                         $19,145,632
  14. Hewitt, Lleyton                        $19,130,483
  15. Davydenko, Nikolay                     $14,969,324
  16. Kuerten, Gustavo                       $14,807,000
  17. Bjorkman, Jonas                        $14,600,323
  18. Safin, Marat                           $14,373,291
  19. Courier, Jim                           $14,034,132
  20. Ferrero, Juan Carlos                   $13,834,033

JANUARY 2012 UPDATE: Federer, Nadal, Djokovic vying for AUS$2.3 million Australian Open 2012 prize money

January 29,2012 Update: Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal to win the AUS$2.3 million Australian Open 2012 prize money for the men’s singles champion. Nadal wins AUS$1.15 million for being the runner-up.

January 16,2012 Update: Roger Federer will be attempting to add the top prize of AUS$2.30 million to his record haul of $67.5 million dollars at the Australian Open 2012 grand slam. Federer is at the very top of the men’s tennis career prize money leaders list. He will be joined in the hunt by Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, both players are both in the top 5 of men’s tennis career prize money leaders list. Nadal has earnings of $45.1 million and is ranked #2, while Djokovic has earnings of $32.9 million and is ranked #4. Andy Roddick is the other top 10 in the list entered in the Australian Open 2012 singles draw. He has earnings of $20.1 million and is ranked #10. The next highest earner in the draw is former Australian #1 Lleyton Hewitt. He has earnings of $19 million and is ranked at #14.
Top 50 Men’s Tennis Career Prize Money Leaders

Source: www.atpworldtour.com

Date: January 16, 2012

Rnk Player Total Earnings

1. Federer, Roger $67,479,965
2. Nadal, Rafael $45,114,407
3. Sampras, Pete $43,280,489
4. Djokovic, Novak $32,882,760
5. Agassi, Andre $31,152,975
6. Becker, Boris $25,080,956
7. Kafelnikov, Yevgeny $23,883,797
8. Lendl, Ivan $21,262,417
9. Edberg, Stefan $20,630,941
10. Roddick, Andy $20,088,103

AUGUST 2011 UPDATE: Djokovic in Top 5 of Prize Money Leaders

World #1 and current Australian Open and Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia continues to move up the ATP Tour Career Prize Money Leaders list. Based on the list released on August 15, 2011, Djokovic is now at #5 with $28.3 million. He trails current #4 Andre Agassi by less than $3 million – a deficit he can make up within the year if he does well in the US Open and the ATP World Championships in December. 16-time grand slam champion Roger Federer of Switzerland continues to lead the list with $63.6 million. American legend Pete Sampras is a distant #2 with $43.3 but he’ll most likely be overtaken by Spain’s Rafael Nadal after the US Open next month. Nadal is at #3 and trails Sampras by less than a million dollars with $42.7M.

Goran Ivanisevic of Croatia is the highest ranked player in the list never to have achieved the #1 ranking. He is at #10 with $19.8M. Andy Murray of the United Kingdom is the highest earning player without a singles grand slam championship. He is at #14 with $16.5M. Other active players in the top 20 list include Andy Roddick of the USA – #11 ($19.6M), Lleyton Hewitt of Australia – #13 ($19.0M), Nikolay Davydenko of Russia – #16 (14.6M), and Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain – #20 ($13.5M).

Only 9 players have won more than $20 million in prize money with Andy Roddick expected to join the list this year. The American needs less than $400,000 to join the list and when he earns that much, he will move up one spot into #10 bumping Ivansevic out of the Top 10 and ensuring that all those in the Top 10 prize money earners list have been ranked #1.

Doubles specialist Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden (#17 – $14.6M) and Nikolay Davydenko are the only players in the Top 20 earners list not to have reached a singles grand slam final. Bjorkman has won 6 singles titles and 54 doubles titles including multiple Grand Slam championships. He reached a career high ranking of #4 in singles while Davydenko has been a mainstay in the top 10 from 2004 to 2009 years, peaking at #3 in the world in 2006. The Russian has 21 singles career titles.

Top 100 Men’s Tennis Career Prize Money Leaders

Source: www.atpworldtour.com

Date: August 15, 2011

Rnk  Player                                 Total Earnings
1. Federer, Roger                         $63,594,558
2. Sampras, Pete                          $43,280,489
3. Nadal, Rafael                          $42,665,252
4. Agassi, Andre                          $31,152,975
5. Djokovic, Novak                        $28,326,475
6. Becker, Boris                          $25,080,956
7. Kafelnikov, Yevgeny                    $23,883,797
8. Lendl, Ivan                            $21,262,417
9. Edberg, Stefan                         $20,630,941
10. Ivanisevic, Goran                      $19,878,007

FEB 2011 UPDATE: Djokovic moves up

2011 Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia moves up the ATP Tour Career Prize Money Leaders list to #7 with his earnings totaling $22.5 million. The Serb is the highest earning tennis player who has never reached the #1 ranking. At the top of the list is 16-time grand slam champion Roger Federer of Switzerland with $61.7 million. Far behind in second place is American legend Pete Sampras with $43.3 million, while top-ranked Rafael Nadal of Spain occupies the 3rd spot with $37.7 million. American Andre Agassi is #4 with $31.2 million while Boris Becker of Germany is #5 with $25.1 million.

Other active players in the top 20 men’s tennis players with the most prize money earned are Andy Roddick of the US (#11 – $19.2 million), Lleyton Hewitt of Australia (#13 – $18.9 million), Andy Murray of the UK (#14 – 15.1 million), and Nikolay Davydenko of Russian (#18 – 14.3 million). Murray is the top earner amongst men’s tennis players who has not won a singles grand slam title. Roddick is expected to enter the top 10 if he earns around $719 thousand this year. He will displace current #10 Goran Ivanisevic of Croatia who has $19.9 million in earnings.

The difference between the top two earners – Federer and Sampras – is a staggering $18.4 million. This difference is more than what Murray – the #14 player in the list has earned in his entire career. Nadal is likely to overtake Sampras in second place as he needs to win “only” $5.6 million more. On the other hand, Djokovic will need to earn $8.7 million more to overtake Becker for the #5 spot.

35 players has so far earned $10 million or more in men’s tennis with David Ferrer of Spain reaching the milestone this year. Recently retired Tommy Haas of Germany didn’t make this list – he is $20K short with $9.98 million in earnings. Robin Soderling of Sweden is most likely the next member of the $10 million dollar club. He is currently at #40 with $9.3 million in total earnings.

Rnk  Player                                 Total Earnings
1. Federer, Roger                         $61,657,232
2. Sampras, Pete                          $43,280,489
3. Nadal, Rafael                          $37,684,949
4. Agassi, Andre                          $31,152,975
5. Becker, Boris                          $25,080,956
6. Kafelnikov, Yevgeny                    $23,883,797
7. Djokovic, Novak                        $22,462,296
8. Lendl, Ivan                            $21,262,417
9. Edberg, Stefan                         $20,630,941
10. Ivanisevic, Goran                      $19,878,007

The top 100 men’s tennis career prize money leaders list is from the ATP TOUR website.

Women’s Tennis Career Prize Money Leaders – 2014 Updates

May/June 2014 UPDATE: Can Maria Sharapova overtake Venus Williams as #2 top women’s earner?

Having reached the finals of the 2014 French Open tournament, Maria Sharapova is one match away from leap frogging past Venus Williams as no. 2 in the career prize money leaders. If her final opponent, world #4 Simona Halep of Romania wins, Sharapova will have to wait a bit longer before she reaches the no. 2 spot. Halep is currently ranked #86 in the list, and with a win, she is sure to increase her prize money haul to $5million, and climb up in the career earnings list to as high as #60. May the best women’s tennis player win.

Women’s Tennis Career Prize Money Leaders – prior to French Open 2014
STANDING NAME NAT CAREER TOTAL

1 WILLIAMS, SERENA USA 56,026,826
2 WILLIAMS, VENUS USA 29,571,012
3 SHARAPOVA, MARIA RUS 28,212,116
4 CLIJSTERS, KIM BEL 24,442,340
5 AZARENKA, VICTORIA BLR 23,714,697
6 DAVENPORT, LINDSAY USA 22,166,338
7 GRAF, STEFFI GER 21,895,277
8 NAVRATILOVA, MARTINA USA 21,626,089
9 HENIN, JUSTINE BEL 20,863,335
10 HINGIS, MARTINA SUI 20,296,168
11 KUZNETSOVA, SVETLANA RUS 17,726,481
12 SANCHEZ-VICARIO, ARANTXA ESP 16,942,640
13 LI, NA CHN 16,566,773
14 WOZNIACKI, CAROLINE DEN 16,383,069
15 JANKOVIC, JELENA SRB 16,038,243
16 RADWANSKA, AGNIESZKA POL 15,701,820
17 MAURESMO, AMELIE FRA 15,022,476
18 SELES, MONICA USA 14,891,762
19 DEMENTIEVA, ELENA RUS 14,867,437
20 STOSUR, SAMANTHA AUS 13,372,427
21 ZVONAREVA, VERA RUS 13,282,232
22 PETROVA, NADIA RUS 12,466,924
23 KVITOVA, PETRA CZE 12,439,051
24 IVANOVIC, ANA SRB 11,589,645
25 MARTINEZ, CONCHITA ESP 11,527,977
26 NOVOTNA, JANA CZE 11,249,284
27 BARTOLI, MARION FRA 11,055,114
28 SAFINA, DINARA RUS 10,585,640
29 CAPRIATI, JENNIFER USA 10,206,639

30 SCHIAVONE, FRANCESCA ITA 10,023,279
…  …  …
51 CIBULKOVA, DOMINIKA SVK 5,860,403
52 ZHENG, JIE CHN 5,655,836
53 MYSKINA, ANASTASIA RUS 5,606,725
54 COETZER, AMANDA RSA 5,594,821
55 MEDINA GARRIGUES, ANABEL ESP 5,537,628
56 SHRIVER, PAM USA 5,460,566
57 VESNINA, ELENA RUS 5,348,127
58 FERNANDEZ, MARY JOE USA 5,258,471
59 SUAREZ, PAOLA ARG 5,217,775
60 STUBBS, RENNAE AUS 5,198,172
61 PENG, SHUAI CHN 5,194,536
62 MAKAROVA, EKATERINA RUS 4,918,553
63 PEER, SHAHAR ISR 4,817,246
64 HUBER, ANKE GER 4,768,292
65 FERNANDEZ, GIGI USA 4,681,906
66 LISICKI, SABINE GER 4,658,556
67 GARRISON, ZINA USA 4,590,816
68 PESCHKE, KVETA CZE 4,508,686
69 DOKIC, JELENA AUS 4,481,044
70 RUBIN, CHANDA USA 4,470,180
71 MAJOLI, IVA CRO 4,405,867
72 MALEEVA, MAGDALENA BUL 4,398,582
73 SAFAROVA, LUCIE CZE 4,378,642
74 DECHY, NATHALIE FRA 4,281,064
75 DULKO, GISELA ARG 4,246,105
76 PAVLYUCHENKOVA, ANASTASIA RUS 4,161,977
77 NEILAND, LARISA LAT 4,083,936
78 SHAUGHNESSY, MEGHANN USA 3,975,223
79 CHAKVETADZE, ANNA RUS 3,909,756
80 TESTUD, SANDRINE FRA 3,782,307
81 KANEPI, KAIA EST 3,764,499
82 FARINA ELIA, SILVIA ITA 3,688,252
83 KOURNIKOVA, ANNA RUS 3,584,662
84 DATE-KRUMM, KIMIKO JPN 3,575,659
85 SHVEDOVA, YAROSLAVA KAZ 3,489,292
86 HALEP, SIMONA ROU 3,473,304
87 TANASUGARN, TAMARINE THA 3,464,685
88 FRAZIER, AMY USA 3,460,799
89 MCNEIL, LORI USA 3,441,604
90 MIRZA, SANIA IND 3,389,366
91 KOUKALOVA, KLARA CZE 3,385,349
92 SUAREZ NAVARRO, CARLA ESP 3,344,913
93 MANDLIKOVA, HANA AUS 3,340,959
94 MARTINEZ SANCHEZ, MARIA JOSE ESP 3,325,293
95 MELZER, IVETA CZE 3,289,735
96 KING, VANIA USA 3,281,424
97 MALEEVA-FRAGNIERE, MANUELA SUI 3,244,811
98 MOLIK, ALICIA AUS 3,185,805
99 PETKOVIC, ANDREA GER 3,176,438
100 GOERGES, JULIA GER 3,148,587

Source: wtatour.com


July 2012 UPDATE: Serena nears $40 million mark; Radwanska rises to #25

14-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams extended her career prize money earnings record amongst women athletes to $38,035,392 million by winning her seventh Wimbledon title this season. She now leads sister Venus by almost $10 million in the WTA career prize money leaders list. Venus has $28.3 million followed by Kim Clijsters with $24.4 million, Lindsay Davenport with $22.1 million and Steffi Graf with $21.9 million. Current world no. 1 Victoria Azarenka, a semi-finalist at Wimbledon is currently at #15 recently surpassing $14 million in earnings. Agnieszka Radwanska, runner-up to Serena at Wimbledon rises to #25 with $9.9 million in earnings while Angelique Kerber of Germany, a losing Wimbledon semifinalist makes her debut in the top 100 of the women’s tennis career prize money leaders list.

Top 100 WOMEN’S TENNIS CAREER PRIZE MONEY LEADERS

Source: wtatour.com | Date: July 9, 2012

 

 Rnk  Player                             Nat    Total Earnings
   1. WILLIAMS, SERENA                   USA    $38,035,392
   2. WILLIAMS, VENUS                    USA    $28,315,751
   3. CLIJSTERS, KIM                     BEL    $24,395,888
   4. DAVENPORT, LINDSAY                 USA    $22,166,338
   5. GRAF, STEFFI                       GER    $21,895,277
   6. NAVRATILOVA, MARTINA               USA    $21,626,089
   7. SHARAPOVA, MARIA                   RUS    $21,128,860
   8. HENIN, JUSTINE                     BEL    $20,863,335
   9. HINGIS, MARTINA                    SUI    $20,130,657
  10. SANCHEZ-VICARIO, ARANTXA           ESP    $16,942,640
  11. KUZNETSOVA, SVETLANA               RUS    $16,524,126
  12. MAURESMO, AMELIE                   FRA    $15,022,476
  13. SELES, MONICA                      USA    $14,891,762
  14. DEMENTIEVA, ELENA                  RUS    $14,867,437
  15. AZARENKA, VICTORIA                 BLR    $14,017,500
  16. ZVONAREVA, VERA                    RUS    $13,225,072
  17. JANKOVIC, JELENA                   SRB    $13,105,392
  18. WOZNIACKI, CAROLINE                DEN    $12,535,295
  19. MARTINEZ, CONCHITA                 ESP    $11,527,977
  20. NOVOTNA, JANA                      CZE    $11,249,284
  21. STOSUR, SAMANTHA                   AUS    $10,870,545
  22. SAFINA, DINARA                     RUS    $10,585,640
  23. PETROVA, NADIA                     RUS    $10,454,065
  24. CAPRIATI, JENNIFER                 USA    $10,206,639
  25. RADWANSKA, AGNIESZKA               POL     $9,939,376
  26. PIERCE, MARY                       FRA     $9,793,119
  27. RAYMOND, LISA                      USA     $9,452,429
  28. IVANOVIC, ANA                      SRB     $9,385,392
  29. SCHIAVONE, FRANCESCA               ITA     $9,302,231
  30. EVERT, CHRIS                       USA     $8,896,195
  31. SABATINI, GABRIELA                 ARG     $8,785,850
  32. SCHNYDER, PATTY                    SUI     $8,419,111
  33. HANTUCHOVA, DANIELA                SVK     $8,342,838
  34. SUGIYAMA, AI                       JPN     $8,128,126
  35. LI, NA                             CHN     $7,842,849
  36. ZVEREVA, NATASHA                   BLR     $7,792,503
  37. KVITOVA, PETRA                     CZE     $7,597,182
  38. BARTOLI, MARION                    FRA     $7,269,435
  39. TAUZIAT, NATHALIE                  FRA     $6,650,093
  40. BLACK, CARA                        ZIM     $6,515,415
  41. SUKOVA, HELENA                     CZE     $6,391,245
  42. PENNETTA, FLAVIA                   ITA     $6,301,515
  43. LIKHOVTSEVA, ELENA                 RUS     $6,237,556
  44. RUANO PASCUAL, VIRGINIA            ESP     $6,076,081
  45. HUBER, LIEZEL                      USA     $5,858,884
  46. SREBOTNIK, KATARINA                SLO     $5,843,333
  47. MYSKINA, ANASTASIA                 RUS     $5,606,725
  48. COETZER, AMANDA                    RSA     $5,594,821
  49. SHRIVER, PAM                       USA     $5,460,566
  50. FERNANDEZ, MARY JOE                USA     $5,258,471
  51. SUAREZ, PAOLA                      ARG     $5,214,275
  52. STUBBS, RENNAE                     AUS     $5,198,172
  53. KIRILENKO, MARIA                   RUS     $5,121,975
  54. MEDINA GARRIGUES, ANABEL           ESP     $4,776,262
  55. HUBER, ANKE                        GER     $4,768,292
  56. FERNANDEZ, GIGI                    USA     $4,681,906
  57. GARRISON, ZINA                     USA     $4,590,816
  58. ZHENG, JIE                         CHN     $4,563,507
  59. DOKIC, JELENA                      AUS     $4,475,060
  60. RUBIN, CHANDA                      USA     $4,470,180
  61. PEER, SHAHAR                       ISR     $4,423,838
  62. MAJOLI, IVA                        CRO     $4,405,867
  63. MALEEVA, MAGDALENA                 BUL     $4,398,582
  64. DECHY, NATHALIE                    FRA     $4,281,064
  65. DULKO, GISELA                      ARG     $4,244,355
  66. NEILAND, LARISA                    LAT     $4,083,936
  67. SHAUGHNESSY, MEGHANN               USA     $3,975,223
  68. CHAKVETADZE, ANNA                  RUS     $3,897,148
  69. PESCHKE, KVETA                     CZE     $3,884,445
  70. TESTUD, SANDRINE                   FRA     $3,782,307
  71. FARINA ELIA, SILVIA                ITA     $3,688,252
  72. ERRANI, SARA                       ITA     $3,657,608
  73. KOURNIKOVA, ANNA                   RUS     $3,584,662
  74. VINCI, ROBERTA                     ITA     $3,571,593
  75. FRAZIER, AMY                       USA     $3,460,799
  76. MCNEIL, LORI                       USA     $3,441,604
  77. PENG, SHUAI                        CHN     $3,428,149
  78. VESNINA, ELENA                     RUS     $3,401,408
  79. TANASUGARN, TAMARINE               THA     $3,341,391
  80. MANDLIKOVA, HANA                   AUS     $3,340,959
  81. MALEEVA-FRAGNIERE, MANUELA         SUI     $3,244,811
  82. CIBULKOVA, DOMINIKA                SVK     $3,229,632
  83. BENESOVA, IVETA                    CZE     $3,204,149
  84. MOLIK, ALICIA                      AUS     $3,185,805
  85. MARTINEZ SANCHEZ, MARIA JOSE       ESP     $3,132,824
  86. SCHETT, BARBARA                    AUT     $3,109,510
  87. HALARD-DECUGIS, JULIE              FRA     $3,096,734
  88. SAFAROVA, LUCIE                    CZE     $2,927,278
  89. DATE-KRUMM, KIMIKO                 JPN     $2,913,551
  90. KANEPI, KAIA                       EST     $2,794,826
  91. BONDARENKO, ALONA                  UKR     $2,780,291
  92. TURNBULL, WENDY                    AUS     $2,769,024
  93. VAIDISOVA, NICOLE                  CZE     $2,740,268
  94. REZAI, ARAVANE                     FRA     $2,729,298
  95. RAZZANO, VIRGINIE                  FRA     $2,723,970
  96. SHVEDOVA, YAROSLAVA                KAZ     $2,710,107
  97. KING, VANIA                        USA     $2,678,120
  98. PAVLYUCHENKOVA, ANASTASIA          RUS     $2,671,975
  99. GARBIN, TATHIANA                   ITA     $2,661,973
 100. KERBER, ANGELIQUE                  GER     $2,652,865

June 2012 UPDATE: Sharapova overtakes Henin; Errani in top 100

The two finalists at the 2012 French Open improved their rankings in the Top 100 women’s tennis career prize money leaders list. New world no. 1 Maria Sharapova, who completed her collection of at least one Grand Slam trophy, jumped two spots into no. 7 as she overtook four-time Roland Garros winner Justine Henin with a total of $21 million. She is less than $1 million short of the career earnings of tennis legends Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf and can possibly overtake both players at the conclusion of Wimbledon 2012. Sara Errani, the surprise French Open finalist moved into the top 100 and currently stands at #73 with a total career prize money of $3.6 million. 13-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams remains at the top of the list with $36 million in earnings.
Top 20 WOMEN’S TENNIS CAREER PRIZE MONEY LEADERS
Source: wtatour.com | Date: June 25, 2012

 Rnk  Player                             Nat    Total Earnings
   1. WILLIAMS, SERENA                   USA    $36,046,313
   2. WILLIAMS, VENUS                    USA    $28,091,198
   3. CLIJSTERS, KIM                     BEL    $24,271,348
   4. DAVENPORT, LINDSAY                 USA    $22,166,338
   5. GRAF, STEFFI                       GER    $21,895,277
   6. NAVRATILOVA, MARTINA               USA    $21,626,089
   7. SHARAPOVA, MARIA                   RUS    $21,012,333
   8. HENIN, JUSTINE                     BEL    $20,863,335
   9. HINGIS, MARTINA                    SUI    $20,130,657
  10. SANCHEZ-VICARIO, ARANTXA           ESP    $16,942,640
  11. KUZNETSOVA, SVETLANA               RUS    $16,501,585
  12. MAURESMO, AMELIE                   FRA    $15,022,476
  13. SELES, MONICA                      USA    $14,891,762
  14. DEMENTIEVA, ELENA                  RUS    $14,867,437
  15. AZARENKA, VICTORIA                 BLR    $13,566,594
  16. ZVONAREVA, VERA                    RUS    $13,163,624
  17. JANKOVIC, JELENA                   SRB    $13,076,791
  18. WOZNIACKI, CAROLINE                DEN    $12,508,254
  19. MARTINEZ, CONCHITA                 ESP    $11,527,977
  20. NOVOTNA, JANA                      CZE    $11,249,284

May 2012 UPDATE: Serena breaks $35 million mark; Azarenka closes in top 15

Top American player and 13-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams broke her previous earnings record and surpasses the $35 million mark in tennis prize money earnings in the past month. Her new total of $35,077,357 was made possible when she won her 40th WTA title in early April. No changes in the top 10 rankings occurred but current world #1 Victoria Azarenka is slowly moving up the leader board. With her fifth tournament final of the year in Stuttgart, Azarenka moved past former top player Jelena Jankovic into #16. She is in position to bump Russian Vera Zvonareva out of the top 15 in her next tournaments at Madrid and Rome.
Top 20 WOMEN’S TENNIS CAREER PRIZE MONEY LEADERS
Source: wtatour.com | Date: May 07, 2012

Rnk  Player                             Nat    Total Earnings
1. WILLIAMS, SERENA                   USA    $35,077,357
2. WILLIAMS, VENUS                    USA    $27,984,931
3. CLIJSTERS, KIM                     BEL    $24,271,348
4. DAVENPORT, LINDSAY                 USA    $22,166,338
5. GRAF, STEFFI                       GER    $21,895,277
6. NAVRATILOVA, MARTINA               USA    $21,626,089
7. HENIN, JUSTINE                     BEL    $20,863,335
8. HINGIS, MARTINA                    SUI    $20,130,657
9. SHARAPOVA, MARIA                   RUS    $18,841,677
10. SANCHEZ-VICARIO, ARANTXA           ESP    $16,942,640
11. KUZNETSOVA, SVETLANA               RUS    $16,372,146
12. MAURESMO, AMELIE                   FRA    $15,022,476
13. SELES, MONICA                      USA    $14,891,762
14. DEMENTIEVA, ELENA                  RUS    $14,867,437
15. ZVONAREVA, VERA                    RUS    $13,151,531
16. AZARENKA, VICTORIA                 BLR    $13,003,937
17. JANKOVIC, JELENA                   SRB    $12,997,266
18. WOZNIACKI, CAROLINE                DEN    $12,387,845
19. MARTINEZ, CONCHITA                 ESP    $11,527,977
20. NOVOTNA, JANA                      CZE    $11,249,284

April 2012 UPDATE: Serena nears $35 million mark; Azarenka overtakes Wozniacki

Top American player and 13-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams is very close to reaching the $35 million mark in tennis prize money earnings as she continues to occupy the #1 spot with record earnings of $34,962,357. She could very well hit the mark with a good showing in this week’s Charleston Family Circle Cup tennis tournament. There were no changes in the rankings within the WTA career prize money leaders top 10 list, but #9 Maria Sharapova moved closer to displacing #8 Martina Hingis by reaching the finals of her last two tournaments at Indian Wells and Miami.

Victoria Azarenka, the current world #1 moves up to #17 with $12.9 million in career prize money passing former world #1 Caroline Wozniacki with $12.4 million. Azarenka won $1 million in winning the Indian Wells tournament, her fourth tournament title of 2012. Meanwhile, Miami 2012 winner Agnieszka Radwanska moved up to the #31 spot with strong tournament results this year. She trails retired Argentine player Gabriela Sabatini, currently at #30, by $185,000.

The list below is the complete Top 20 WOMEN’S TENNIS CAREER PRIZE MONEY LEADERS.
Source: wtatour.com
Date: April 02, 2012

Rnk  Player                             Nat    Total Earnings
1. WILLIAMS, SERENA                   USA    $34,962,357
2. WILLIAMS, VENUS                    USA    $27,969,431
3. CLIJSTERS, KIM                     BEL    $24,271,348
4. DAVENPORT, LINDSAY                 USA    $22,166,338
5. GRAF, STEFFI                       GER    $21,895,277
6. NAVRATILOVA, MARTINA               USA    $21,626,089
7. HENIN, JUSTINE                     BEL    $20,863,335
8. HINGIS, MARTINA                    SUI    $20,130,657
9. SHARAPOVA, MARIA                   RUS    $18,726,677
10. SANCHEZ-VICARIO, ARANTXA           ESP    $16,942,640
11. KUZNETSOVA, SVETLANA               RUS    $16,369,196
12. MAURESMO, AMELIE                   FRA    $15,022,476
13. SELES, MONICA                      USA    $14,891,762
14. DEMENTIEVA, ELENA                  RUS    $14,867,437
15. ZVONAREVA, VERA                    RUS    $13,134,731
16. JANKOVIC, JELENA                   SRB    $12,977,466
17. AZARENKA, VICTORIA                 BLR    $12,941,437
18. WOZNIACKI, CAROLINE                DEN    $12,358,615
19. MARTINEZ, CONCHITA                 ESP    $11,527,977
20. NOVOTNA, JANA                      CZE    $11,249,284

March 2012 UPDATE: Azarenka moves into #18 with Australian Open 2012, Doha wins

Newly crowned women’s tennis #1 Victoria Azarenka moves into the top 20 of women’s tennis career prize money leaders list with her first Grand Slam win at the Australian Open 2012. She has now earned a total of $11,855,307 putting her at #18. Serena Williams still remain on top of the list and will most likely do so for some time. Her $34.9 million career earnings are the most of any female athlete. Her sister, Venus Williams is at second place with $27.9 million while recent Australian Open semifinalist Kim Clijsters is at third place with $24.2 million. Maria Sharapova who lost to Azarenka in the finals of the Australian Open moved to #9 in the list with $17.9 million. The Williams sisters, Clijsters and Sharapova are the only active players in the top 10 list which includes retired players Lindsay Davenport, Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, Justine Henin, Martina Hingis and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario.

Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, a 2-time Grand Slam champion occupies the #11 spot with $16.3 million and may overtake Sanchez-Vicario by the end of this year to enter the top 10. Kuznetsova trails the Spanish legend by less than $700,000. Kuznetsova is the highest earning women’s tennis player who was never ranked #1 in the world. Elena Dementieva at #14 with $14.9 million is the highest earning player who has not won a Grand Slam. Other non-Grand Slam winners in the top 20 women’s tennis players’ career money leaders list include Vera Zvonareva (#15 – $13.1 million), Jelena Jankovic (#16 – $12.8 million), and Caroline Wozniacki (#17 – $12 million).

The list below is the complete Top 20 WOMEN’S TENNIS CAREER PRIZE MONEY LEADERS.
Source: wtatour.com
Date: March 02, 2012

 Rnk  Player                             Nat    Total Earnings
   1. WILLIAMS, SERENA                   USA    $34,883,357
   2. WILLIAMS, VENUS                    USA    $27,890,431
   3. CLIJSTERS, KIM                     BEL    $24,250,348
   4. DAVENPORT, LINDSAY                 USA    $22,166,338
   5. GRAF, STEFFI                       GER    $21,895,277
   6. NAVRATILOVA, MARTINA               USA    $21,626,089
   7. HENIN, JUSTINE                     BEL    $20,863,335
   8. HINGIS, MARTINA                    SUI    $20,130,657
   9. SHARAPOVA, MARIA                   RUS    $17,874,677
  10. SANCHEZ-VICARIO, ARANTXA           ESP    $16,942,640
  11. KUZNETSOVA, SVETLANA               RUS    $16,322,989
  12. MAURESMO, AMELIE                   FRA    $15,022,476
  13. SELES, MONICA                      USA    $14,891,762
  14. DEMENTIEVA, ELENA                  RUS    $14,867,437
  15. ZVONAREVA, VERA                    RUS    $13,088,524
  16. JANKOVIC, JELENA                   SRB    $12,935,000
  17. WOZNIACKI, CAROLINE                DEN    $12,151,095
  18. AZARENKA, VICTORIA                 BLR    $11,855,307
  19. MARTINEZ, CONCHITA                 ESP    $11,527,977
  20. NOVOTNA, JANA                      CZE    $11,249,284

JANUARY 2012 UPDATE: Who will win the AUS$2.3 Australian Open 2012 Singles Champion Prize?

January 28,2012 Update: Victoria Azarenka beat Maria Sharapova to win the AUS$2.3 million Australian Open 2012 prize money for the women’s singles champion. Sharapova wins AUS$1.15 million for being the runner-up.

January 16,2012 Update: Three of the top ten in the women’s tennis career prize money leaders list will be competing in the Australian Open 2012, the first tennis grand slam of the year. Serena Williams, the top woman athlete earner of all time (not just in tennis), with earnings of almost $35 million will vie for the AUS$2.30 million top prize. She is joined in the field by Kim Clijsters and Maria Sharapova who are currently in 3rd and 10th position, respectively, in the women’s tennis career prize money leaders list. Clijsters has earnings of $23.8 million, while Sharapova has earnings of $16.6 million.

The list below is the complete WOMEN’S TENNIS CAREER PRIZE MONEY LEADERS.
Source: wtatour.com
Date: January 16, 2012
Rnk Player Nat Total Earnings

  1. WILLIAMS, SERENA USA $34,767,934
  2. WILLIAMS, VENUS USA $27,890,431
  3. CLIJSTERS, KIM BEL $23,788,657
  4. DAVENPORT, LINDSAY USA $22,166,338
  5. GRAF, STEFFI GER $21,895,277
  6. NAVRATILOVA, MARTINA USA $21,626,089
  7. HENIN, JUSTINE BEL $20,863,335
  8. HINGIS, MARTINA SUI $20,130,657
  9. SANCHEZ-VICARIO, ARANTXA ESP $16,942,640
  10. SHARAPOVA, MARIA RUS $16,643,327

AUGUST 2011 UPDATE: Sharapova in Top 10 of Prize Money Leaders

Maria Sharapova of Russia now holds the #10 position in the WTA women’s tennis prize money leaders list with total earnings of $16.4 million. She has moved up several spots in the list this year and is now the top earning Russian player overtaking fellow Russians Svetlana Kuznetsova (#11 – $15.8 million) and Elena Dementieva (#14 – $14.9 million). The former world #1 and 3-time grand slam champion now trails Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario of Spain (#9 – $16.9 million) by less than $515,000. Sharapova is expected to overtake the Spaniard within the year, and that can also happen right after the US Open if she manages to replicate her Wimbledon success by at least reaching the singles final.

Despite not playing for most of the season, the Williams sisters of Florida, USA still leads the women’s prize money leaders list by commanding margins. 13-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams is #1 with a total haul of $33.4 million, while sister Venus is at #2 with $27.9 million. Venus Williams has won 7 Grand Slam titles including five Wimbledon crowns. At #3 is current US Open champion and 4-time Grand Slam winner Kim Clijsters of Belgium. Clijsters has earned $23.8 million in her career. Rounding out the top 5 are retired players Lindsay Davenport of the USA at #4 – $22.1 million and Steffi Graf of Germany at #5 – $21.9 million.

Eight women’s players have earned more than $20 million in prize money. After the top 5 mentioned above, Martina Navratilova of the USA is at #6 – $21.6 million, recently retired Justine Henin of Belgium is at #7 – $20.8 million, and Martina Hingis of Switzerland is at #8 – $20.1 million. Sharapova is expected to be the next player to join this exclusive list.

Other active players in the top 20 list include Jelena Jankovic of Serbia (#15 – $12.3 million), Vera Zvonareva (#17 – $11.3 million), and Dinara Safina (#19 – $10.6 million). Current world #1 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark is at #21 with $9.9 million total earnings. She is expected to move into the top 20 within the month by displacing current #20 Jennifer Capriati of the USA who has earned $10.2 million. Kuznetsova is the highest earning player in the list who has not reached the #1 ranking. Dementieva is the highest earning player who has not won a Grand Slam title. Recent first time Grand Slam champions Na Li of China (#36 – $6.5 million) and Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic (#58 – $4.4 million) lead these year’s prize money rankings. As of this writing, both players are the only ones who have earned more than $3 million this year.

The list below is the complete WOMEN’S TENNIS CAREER PRIZE MONEY LEADERS.
Source: wtatour.com
Date: August 22, 2011

Rnk  Player                             Nat    Total Earnings
1. WILLIAMS, SERENA                   USA    $33,372,829
2. WILLIAMS, VENUS                    USA    $27,860,151
3. CLIJSTERS, KIM                     BEL    $23,757,657
4. DAVENPORT, LINDSAY                 USA    $22,166,338
5. GRAF, STEFFI                       GER    $21,895,277
6. NAVRATILOVA, MARTINA               USA    $21,626,089
7. HENIN, JUSTINE                     BEL    $20,863,335
8. HINGIS, MARTINA                    SUI    $20,130,657
9. SANCHEZ-VICARIO, ARANTXA           ESP    $16,942,640
10. SHARAPOVA, MARIA                   RUS    $16,428,154

Feb 2011 UPDATE: Clijsters now at #3 behind Williams sisters

After winning the Australian Open in Melbourne last month, Kim Clijsters of Belgium has now the third highest career prize total in women’s tennis history. With $23.6 million dollars in earnings, she is trailing only the Williams sisters of the United States, who are at #1 and #2 in the list. 13-time grand slam champion Serena Williams lead the pack with $32.8 million, while older sister Venus is #2 with $27.7 million. Rounding out the top five are two retired players – Lindsay Davenport of the USA ($22.2 million) at #4, and Steffi Graf of Germany ($21.9) at #5.

Justine Henin, Clijsters’ compatriot who recently retired is #7 on the list ($20.9 million) behind American legend Martina Navratilova ($21.6 million) who occupies the #6 slot. Martina Hingis of Switzerland has $20.1 million to be ranked #8 on the list, followed by Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario of Spain with $16.9 million. Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova is at #10 with $15.2 million. She is the only player amongst the top 10 earners not to have won at least 3 grand slam titles and reach the #1 ranking.

There are 20 women players who have won more than $10 million in prize money. Jennifer Capriati holds the 20th place with $10.2 million. Elena Dementieva of Russia is the highest career earner with no grand slam title. She is at #13 with $14.9 million. Former Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez of Spain is the highest earner with a lone grand slam title in singles. She has earned $11.5 million and occupies the #16 slot. Other active players in the top 20 include Maria Sharapova of Russia ($13.8 million – #14), Jelena Jankovic of Serbia ($11.6 million – #15), Vera Zvonareva of Russia ($10.5 million – #18), and Dinara Safina of Russia ($10.4 million – #19).

The United States has the most player in the top 100 list with 18. Russia is at #2 with 13 players in the list. France has 9 players, Australia has 7, while the Czech Republic and Spain have 5 players each. Below is the latest list of Women’s Tennis Career Prize Money Leaders:

Rnk  Player                             Nat    Total Earnings
1. WILLIAMS, SERENA                   USA    $32,773,004
2. WILLIAMS, VENUS                    USA    $27,734,851
3. CLIJSTERS, KIM                     BEL    $23,612,974
4. DAVENPORT, LINDSAY                 USA    $22,166,338
5. GRAF, STEFFI                       GER    $21,895,277
6. NAVRATILOVA, MARTINA               USA    $21,626,089
7. HENIN, JUSTINE                     BEL    $20,863,335
8. HINGIS, MARTINA                    SUI    $20,130,657
9. SANCHEZ-VICARIO, ARANTXA           ESP    $16,942,640
10. KUZNETSOVA, SVETLANA               RUS    $15,252,423

French Open 2014 Winners List, Prize Money Earnings

The French Open 2014 comes to a close and the roster of this year’s winners are completed. World #1 Rafael Nadal won his 9th French Open crown and tied American Pete Sampras with a total haul of 14 grand slams each. Nadal beat rival and world #2 Novak Djokovic of Serbia. In the ladies draw, world #7 Maria Sharapova of Russia regained the title she won two years ago by defeating last year’s most improved player and now new world #3 Simona Halep of Romania. Sharapova’s 2nd French Open crown increases her total grand slam titles to 5 tying Swiss legend Martina Hingis. Sharapova lost her title last year by finishing runner-up to current world #1 Serena Williams.

Below are the list of winners for this year’s French Open.

MEN’S & WOMEN’S SINGLES:

€1,500,000 (Champion)

  • Rafael Nadal (ESP) [1]
  • Maria Sharapova (RUS) [7]

€750,000 (Runner-up)

  • Novak Djokovic (SRB) [2]
  • Simona Halep (ROU) [4]

MEN’S & WOMEN’S DOUBLES:

€360,000 (Champion, per team)

  • Julien Benneteau (FRA) [11] and Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) [11]
  • Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) [1] and Shuai Peng (CHN) [1]

€180,000 (Runner-up, per team)

  • Marcel Granollers (ESP) [12] and Marc Lopez (ESP) [12]
  • Sara Errani (ITA) [2] and Roberta Vinci (ITA) [2]

MIXED DOUBLES:

€105,000 (Champion, per team)

  • Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) and Jean-Julien Rojer (NED)

€53,000 (Runner-up, per team)

  • Julia Goerges (GER) [8] and Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) [8]

TROPHEE DES LEGENDES PERRIER DAMES

  • K.CLIJSTERS / M.NAVRATILOVA b. N.DECHY / S.TESTUD


TROPHEE DES LEGENDES PERRIER MESSIEURS

  • A.GOMEZ / M.WOODFORDE vs J.MCENROE / P.MCENROE


TROPHEE DES LEGENDES PERRIER MESSIEURS

  • J.MCENROE / P.MCENROE b. A.GOMEZ / M.WOODFORDE

BOYS’ SINGLES

  • Andrey Rublev (RUS) [4] beat Ja.Munar Clar (ESP) [7]

GIRLS’ SINGLES

  • Darya Kasatkina (RUS) [8] beat Ivana Jorovic (SRB) [1]

BOYS’ DOUBLES

  • Benjamin Bonzi (FRA) and Quentin Halys (FRA) beat Lucas Miedler (AUT) and Akira Santillan (AUS)

GIRLS’ DOUBLES

  • Ioana Ducu (ROU) and Ioana Loredana Rosca (ROU) beat Cc.Bellis (USA) [7] and Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) [7]

Congratulations to this year’s French Open 2014 Winners List. Enjoy your prize money earnings.