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NoBadMojo
02-02-2006, 07:04 PM
Thought this was fairly interesting, so am passing it along:
<snip>
P Sampras
$43,280,489
A Agassi
30,996,275
B Becker
25,080,956
Y Kafelnikov
23,883,797
R Federer
21,297,133
I Lendl
21,262,417
S Edberg
20,630,941
G Ivanisevic
19,876,579
M Chang
19,145,632
L Hewitt
16,002,632
G Kuerten
14,699,343
J Courier
14,034,132


WOMEN

http://tenniscelebs.com/images/getty/Graf_Smiles_55991171.jpg S Graf
$21,895,277
L Davenport
21,485,402
M Navratilova
21,400,871
M Hingis
18,515,721
A Sanchez-Vicario
16,942,640
V Williams
16,025,369
S Williams
15,907,370
M Seles
14,891,762
K Clijsters
13,113,120
C Martinez
11,527,977
J Novotna
11,249,284
A Mauresmo
10,401,192

Chadwixx
02-02-2006, 08:35 PM
I didnt know Sampras made that much money, he did well. Kafelnikov did alot better than people gave him credit for, i had no idea he did that well. Was it his doubles money?

sandiegotennisboy
02-02-2006, 08:40 PM
kafelnikov just played a ton of tourneys...all year long.....non-stop

FREDDY
02-02-2006, 08:40 PM
tennis players dont make as much as a basketball player would. tennis is waaay better. haha. tennis players i think think about the tennis rather than the sponsors and stuff even though that stuff is important. endorsing a product isnt as much as endorsing the sport which means you dont get much. 40 mil is a lot.

whistleway
02-03-2006, 04:46 AM
These numbers don't make any sense unless you adjust for inflation atleast.

Grimjack
02-03-2006, 05:01 AM
How amazing was Martina to have racked up that big a stack at a time when the purses were a pittance compared to the era of everybody else on that list?

pound cat
02-03-2006, 05:08 AM
Goran's numbers are pretty impressive. Goes to show that you don't have to win a lot of slams to get rich in tennis.

ATXtennisaddict
02-03-2006, 05:20 AM
Are endorsements included in those numbers? I'm thinking not...

Grimjack
02-03-2006, 05:23 AM
Are endorsements included in those numbers? I'm thinking not...

Of course not. Agassi would be light years ahead of everybody else.

North
02-03-2006, 05:28 AM
How amazing was Martina to have racked up that big a stack at a time when the purses were a pittance compared to the era of everybody else on that list?

That's the first thing I noticed. I guess you'd have to do some serious number-crunching (not me - I hated economics in college) to know for sure but it looks like Martina might be the top (or among the very top) earner when the size of purses, value of the dollar, inflation, etc. are figured into it.

Interesting info NoBad.

oldguysrule
02-03-2006, 05:55 AM
I didn't see chris evert. I think she was around the 20 mil mark as well

babbette
02-03-2006, 05:57 AM
WOW not bad for hitting a small fury object around!

vllockhart
02-03-2006, 06:32 AM
Thought this was fairly interesting, so am passing it along:
<snip>
P Sampras
$43,280,489
A Agassi
30,996,275
B Becker
25,080,956
Y Kafelnikov
23,883,797
R Federer
21,297,133
I Lendl
21,262,417
S Edberg
20,630,941
G Ivanisevic
19,876,579
M Chang
19,145,632
L Hewitt
16,002,632
G Kuerten
14,699,343
J Courier
14,034,132


WOMEN

http://tenniscelebs.com/images/getty/Graf_Smiles_55991171.jpg S Graf
$21,895,277
L Davenport
21,485,402
M Navratilova
21,400,871
M Hingis
18,515,721
A Sanchez-Vicario
16,942,640
V Williams
16,025,369
S Williams
15,907,370
M Seles
14,891,762
K Clijsters
13,113,120
C Martinez
11,527,977
J Novotna
11,249,284
A Mauresmo
10,401,192




I'm in the wrong freaking business.

tennisjunkiela
02-03-2006, 06:34 AM
Thought this was fairly interesting, so am passing it along:
<snip>
P Sampras
$43,280,489
A Agassi
30,996,275
B Becker
25,080,956
Y Kafelnikov
23,883,797
R Federer
21,297,133
I Lendl
21,262,417
S Edberg
20,630,941
G Ivanisevic
19,876,579
M Chang
19,145,632
L Hewitt
16,002,632
G Kuerten
14,699,343
J Courier
14,034,132


WOMEN

http://tenniscelebs.com/images/getty/Graf_Smiles_55991171.jpg S Graf
$21,895,277
L Davenport
21,485,402
M Navratilova
21,400,871
M Hingis
18,515,721
A Sanchez-Vicario
16,942,640
V Williams
16,025,369
S Williams
15,907,370
M Seles
14,891,762
K Clijsters
13,113,120
C Martinez
11,527,977
J Novotna
11,249,284
A Mauresmo
10,401,192




wow - great post!

i think it is interesting the huge disparity between sampras and graf. sampras won over double the prize money of graf even though they played during the same era. this really highlights the prize money inequity between men and women.

given the fact that graf won 22 grand slams vs 14 for sampras and since the grand slams tend to offer some of the biggest prize money checks, you would think that graf would have bigger career earning than sampras based on just her grand slam winnings alone?

Grimjack
02-03-2006, 08:28 AM
I didn't see chris evert. I think she was around the 20 mil mark as well

She was down around 9m, I believe. Remember that though she and Martina bumped heads an awful lot, and played the same era, Martina was a juggernaut on both the ladies' and mixed doubles tours as well. Stands to reason that she'd be well ahead of Chrissie.

The tennis guy
02-03-2006, 09:31 AM
I didn't see chris evert. I think she was around the 20 mil mark as well

No, she only made about 8 million.

The tennis guy
02-03-2006, 09:33 AM
These numbers don't make any sense unless you adjust for inflation atleast.

Agree completely. They should adjust for inflation each year to make sense. If adjusted for inflation, Martina N. would be No. 1 on women's side, Lendl would be No. 2 on men's side.

Moose Malloy
02-03-2006, 09:45 AM
So Sampras would still be number 1? I remember Lendl's numbers seemed so far ahead of anyone else in the 80s.
Where would Connors & McEnroe be if they adjusted for inflation?

Nalbandian
02-03-2006, 10:50 AM
Agree completely. They should adjust for inflation each year to make sense. If adjusted for inflation, Martina N. would be No. 1 on women's side, Lendl would be No. 2 on men's side.

Very True indeed...

fastdunn
02-03-2006, 02:16 PM
Of course not. Agassi would be light years ahead of everybody else.

Yep. As I recalled, Agass earned over $40 million a year right after
he won his 1st slam Wimbledon. He was 2nd to the top endorsement
earner, guess who in 1992?, Michael Jordan.

Agassi is still the top endorsement earning pro tennis player at
still around $25-30 mil as I know(only similar to Shapapova :) )

bcaz
02-06-2006, 11:37 PM
Good post, Ed -- sheds light on several issues if you think it through -- longevity, consistency, persistence, big performances in big tournaments, inflation, growth of the game ... it's how you succeed in real life, too -- there's more than one way. The numbers aren't there to compare (although Forbes magazine dabbles in this), but it's interesting to see who gets paid off the court versus who wins dough in matches. Andre is the one who's made it big both ways. Some others, like the Williamses, have done well in both arenas. Kournikova (and maybe Sharapova, although clearly a far better player than AK) makes it off the court. Then there are those like Lindsey and Navratilova who have made almost all of it playing tennis.

goober
02-07-2006, 04:26 AM
I'm in the wrong freaking business.


Yeah sure you are as long as you have Hall of Fame tennis talent.

The Dav
02-07-2006, 07:55 AM
Excellent! It won't be long until Lindsay is highest earning female player ever! :mrgreen:

Heat Playa
02-07-2006, 12:10 PM
Hello eveyone. Have always been fascinated with the business/economics of our sport. I found this interesting as far as the current state of total income for the top players. You may as well.

www.forbes.com/sport/2005/08/31/sport-tennis-powerful-players_cz_kb_mr_0831players.html

legolas
02-07-2006, 12:24 PM
nice to see guga on the list

Kaptain Karl
02-18-2006, 07:58 AM
i think it is interesting the huge disparity between sampras and graf. ... this really highlights the prize money inequity between men and women.Avoiding putting words in your post, is the "inequity" a bad thing, in your opinion?

- KK

arnz
02-18-2006, 09:38 AM
The inequity is debatable, however, name women athletes in any other sport that makes more than a million dollars...WNBA? Women's soccer? figure skating? gymnasts? (gymnasts have to milk their 15 minutes of fame for all its worth, they only come around every 4 years), maybe golf, right?

Anyhow, if you're a woman basketball player, or soccer player, or skier, etc. you have to hope you are pretty to go along with it, because you arent getting paid much for competing, so you hope you get endorsements. Female tennis players, like navratilova, Davenport, Mauresmo, henin, capriati get paid for how well they do, and they arent the best looking women, no offense :)

Tennis_Nickmo
02-18-2006, 10:08 AM
Suprised about the amount of money Borg earned. I would have expected him to be lower, considering when he really excelled in the game.