Although he has been out of the circuit for more than ten months, Roger Federer continues to find a classification in which to stand out above his peers. According to a report published by the portal Sporty ─ who studies the economic aspect of sport, the Swiss star will be the highest paid tennis player in the world in 2022.
With his 85.7 million dollars earned during the period in question, the former number 1 in the world has surpassed all his other colleagues (women and men) in this list, in which he occupies the eighth place overall of the 100 athletes considered in the different disciplines.
So how come Federer is at the top of this special ranking? The answer is that only $700,000 comes from match winnings, which means the remaining $85 million comes from sponsorships, which allowed him to break into the top 10 highest-paid athletes in the world.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion’s $85 million is among the highest earners in the world, behind only basketball legend LeBron James.
Roger Federer returns: he will play the Laver Cup and Basel
Swiss champion Roger Federer, who will turn 41 in August, played his last official match on July 7, 2021, when he capitulated at Wimbledon in three sets in the quarterfinal against Hubert Hurkacz.
Since then, he has been in the pits due to a third operation on his right knee. In an interview on March 5 on the occasion of the Women’s Super-G in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, a new World Cup event for sprinters from around the world, Federer had this to say: “I’m fine.
I was on crutches for two months and had to start over. Still, it was the right thing to do. The knee was no longer working as it should after the Wimbledon tournament. I couldn’t go on like this.” Now he is looking forward to his return to the track first in the Laver Cup (September 23-25) and then in Basel (October 22-30), where, throughout his career, he has triumphed in ten times: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019.
Furthermore, the Swiss Indoor was also the last trophy lifted by Roger Federer in his career, number 103 to be exact.
At $85.7 million, almost all from endorsements, he remains in the top 10 globally as well behind the likes of James & Messihttps://t.co/NMBK4LZ0X9 pic.twitter.com/qJJx8TqcqP — Christopher Clarey 🇺🇸 🇫🇷 🇪🇸 (@christophclarey) May 11, 2022