Federer, Sharapova: Top ranking just a tool to make money from ads and exhibitions?

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by Paullaconte1, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. Paullaconte1

    Paullaconte1 Rookie

    Aug 19, 2012
    Is this going too much towards money?

    There is a bit of a craze around tennis players. It seems that winning tournaments and being at the top of the atp or wta rankings is just a tool to make money from exhibitions or advertising.

    Federer is going to Latin America to earn an incredible amount of money from each match (light exhibitions)

    Federer is also the ambassador of a couple of hundreds of brands (ok.. I am exaggerating... but you get it).

    Now it's Moet & Chandon


    It seems that being at the top of the rankings is important just to get loads of money from other activities.

    It seems a bit crazy isn't it?
    ps. did you buy a Sharapova apartment?
  2. Mike Sams

    Mike Sams Legend

    Sep 2, 2011
    And then on the other side of the coin, players like Samuel Groth can't even afford air travel.:neutral: I think his earnings from a recent year in tennis was $20,000 or so.
  3. Sabratha

    Sabratha Talk Tennis Guru

    Jun 6, 2012
    $20,000? Wow, not having a real good year at all.
  4. ThoughtCrime

    ThoughtCrime Rookie

    Sep 26, 2011
    Well, they have the tools available to them, why shouldn't they use them. It's truly a rare opportunity to be the best in world at sport so I don't blame them for getting money. After all, they've probably become accustomed to a lavish, high class lifestyle, and they will need a lot of money to sustain that for themselves and their kids long after a short tennis careers.
  5. sundaypunch

    sundaypunch Hall of Fame

    May 17, 2011
    Gasp! Tennis players actually making money. That is terrible.
  6. Bartelby

    Bartelby Talk Tennis Guru

    Nov 14, 2005
    The point is that tennis has to decide whether it wants to be an elite competition of twenty or so players or an almost elite competition of two hundred or so.

    At the moment it wants the latter, but does not provide the prize payments to make it possible.
  7. Bobby Jr

    Bobby Jr Legend

    Jul 5, 2010
    I think you'll find his exhibition fees are for the benefit of his charity.

    There is no craze around tennis players anymore than any other sport. There is an increasing lack of credibility in people who achieve in purely business or inherited ways - so sportspeople are becoming comparatively more attractive as marketing talent. Tennis just happens to have two players who, for completely different reasons, are considered highly marketable. Sharpova for her looks, Federer for his significant achievements and classiness (whether people think it's justified or not, he has it). He, in particular, has an old-school, conservative appeal about him which is highly valued in marketing and is especially rare amongst sportpeople (bordering on non-existent in team sportspeople).

    I don't get it.

    Was there a point to your thread or just a thought that came over you?
  8. tacou

    tacou Legend

    Jun 30, 2007
    your question is, "do you think it's absurd how much money elite athletes make?" yes, I guess, but in terms of prize money tennis is on the low end of pro sports. Why would they not make money everywhere else they can, especially with sponsors.
  9. pvaudio

    pvaudio Legend

    Jul 13, 2009
    Federer is an exception. When he came on the scene, he wasn't showered in anything except being a talented young player. He worked his way to the top. The women have it both easier AND harder. If you're attractive, you only need to do moderately well. If not...you had better be damn good at the sport. It's sad that's the way it is, but that's how the world works.
  10. sureshs

    sureshs Bionic Poster

    Oct 1, 2005
    That is why I decided not to pursue the top rankings

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