Top 12 Career Earners (Winnings) - Men and Women

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  1. NoBadMojo

    NoBadMojo G.O.A.T.

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    Thought this was fairly interesting, so am passing it along:
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    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

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    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


     
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  2. Chadwixx

    Chadwixx Banned

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    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?
     
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  3. sandiegotennisboy

    sandiegotennisboy Banned

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    kafelnikov just played a ton of tourneys...all year long.....non-stop
     
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  4. FREDDY

    FREDDY Semi-Pro

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    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.
     
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  5. whistleway

    whistleway Semi-Pro

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    These numbers don't make any sense unless you adjust for inflation atleast.
     
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  6. Grimjack

    Grimjack Banned

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    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?
     
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  7. pound cat

    pound cat G.O.A.T.

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    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.
     
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  8. ATXtennisaddict

    ATXtennisaddict Hall of Fame

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    Are endorsements included in those numbers? I'm thinking not...
     
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  9. Grimjack

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

    North Professional

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    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.
     
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  11. oldguysrule

    oldguysrule Semi-Pro

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    I didn't see chris evert. I think she was around the 20 mil mark as well
     
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  12. babbette

    babbette Legend

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    WOW not bad for hitting a small fury object around!
     
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  13. vllockhart

    vllockhart Rookie

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    I'm in the wrong freaking business.
     
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  14. tennisjunkiela

    tennisjunkiela Semi-Pro

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    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?
     
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  15. Grimjack

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    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.
     
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  16. The tennis guy

    The tennis guy Hall of Fame

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    No, she only made about 8 million.
     
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  17. The tennis guy

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    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.
     
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  18. Moose Malloy

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    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?
     
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  19. Nalbandian

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    Very True indeed...
     
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  20. fastdunn

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    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 :) )
     
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  21. bcaz

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    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.
     
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  22. goober

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

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    Excellent! It won't be long until Lindsay is highest earning female player ever! :mrgreen:
     
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  25. legolas

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    nice to see guga on the list
     
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  26. Kaptain Karl

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    Avoiding putting words in your post, is the "inequity" a bad thing, in your opinion?

    - KK
     
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  27. arnz

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    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 :)
     
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  28. Tennis_Nickmo

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    Suprised about the amount of money Borg earned. I would have expected him to be lower, considering when he really excelled in the game.
     
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