How much money does the average top tennis player make?

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  1. Shells15

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    I don't mean the Big 4, but the rest of the top 20 players.
    Federer, Nadal, Nole and Murray are worth several million, but are the others also really rich?
     
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  2. Im(moral) Winner

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    They're counting their millions
     
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    you can get tournament winnings off the inter-webs.

    Estimating income from endorsements is trickier. I once read that winning a slam is worth about 4 or 5 times as much in endorsements but I am not sure if that's per year or over several years. For top 20 or for a player in top 30 who is also number 1 in their country, I think endorsements could easily be worth as much as tournament winnings. Federer and Sharapova earn much more in endorsements than in tournament winnings.
     
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    Forbes estimated Federer's career earnings through December 2017 at $675 million.

    Andre Agassi came in at an estimated $470 million in earnings. "Agassi's massive Nike endorsement deal earned him $140 million over 10 years, including the appreciation of the company stock he received in the pact."

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtba...ghest-paid-athletes-of-all-time/#1f90a1dd4b64
     
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    Probably 3-7 million.

    But the issue is the expenses. Tom Arnold (the B/C movie actor) former husband of Roseanne Bar said on TV. He made 5 million a year. Sounds good right? But agency takes 15%. Taxes (since he’s in California) is another 11%. Plus us federal taxes 40%. So right off the bat. He’s down 65%.

    Than travel/entertainment expenses are another 250-500k.

    So he’s literally left with 1-2 million.
     
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  6. TennisRookie

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    Only 1-2 million? Damn, might as well quit.
     
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    Wow, he's a pretty big guy to be on the tour. And pretty old at this point, but cudos to him.
     
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    We are talking top 20. There average career is around 5-6 years at that level? So netting 2 million a year may not be enough long term due to some of their spending habits

    It gets dicey for players outside the top 50 financial wise.
     
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    Most guys have results-based contracts with their sponsors. Winning titles makes a big difference, whereas the prize money is the smaller factor. Yonex made Stan rich.
     
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    I think the bigger your results, the bigger your proportion of money coming from sponsorship deals.

    It's also for a part marketability. Nishikori's sponsorship deal is crazy for what he's achieved, but he's very popular for a gigantic market. I can also imagine that a guy like Shapovalov is worth a lot more than other guys with a career high rank of in the 40s
     
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    I mean net worth. Federer is worth almost half a billion. Nadal and Nole a few hundred million. I guess Murray must be a close fourth.
     
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    Was Federer's contract with Nike results based earlier?
     
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    Hes a superstar in Japan which is crazy as he hasnt been particualry succesful
     
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    The thread title says how much top 10 make, OP says top 20 minus the big 4, and now you say NET so I'm a little foggy here.
    All tournament earnings are easy to find. Endorsements and other earnings are tough to verify. Popular players are on celeb networth but I don't know how reliable that site is.
     
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    The thread title does not say top 10. It says top tennis players not top ten tennis players.
    Also, I said the top 4 were worth several million, i.e. I was talking about net worth.
     
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    Take a guy like Tsonga. Been between 5 and 20 for more or less 10 straight years. 21 mil. dollars + sponsorship deals.
    Obviously, he loses quite a bit of that on coaching, traveling etc, but there's plenty left for him and his kids and his grandkids I'm sure.
    http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/players/jo-wilfried-tsonga/t786/overview
     
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    live-tennis.eu. up to the minute tennis world rank chart info website has a top 300plus prize money list.
     
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    Anyone know if leading players spend a lot on travel? Does it come out of their pocket or is it often paid for by the tournament they're playing in?
     
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    I'd be more interested to know at what rank you are able to break even on the tour.
     
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    I think it mostly comes out of their pocket, but not sure. Then there's also the appearance fee which for the Big 3 can be a million+ and for a guy like Tsonga certainly can be 100k in some tournaments, i.e. more than enough to pay the travel costs.
     
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    It's travel costs plus $90k.
     
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    Murray's been doing a lot of things outside of tennis.
     
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    too much
     
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    We've got all the forensic accountants working on Trump. Once we crack that nut it's on to Murray !
     
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    According to https://theconversation.com/rich-rewards-for-those-at-the-top-in-tennis-but-what-of-the-rest-35961 , in 2013 the top 150 broke even for the year.

    Note that someone who tops out at 150ish might break even for a year, but won't make back their earlier investment, and will lose money on their tennis career overall. Top 100 for a few years is probably what someone needs to do to really break even overall.
     
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    People are always giving Tomic a hard time about this, but he was obviously talking about pennies, not dollars. Stacking the coins in piles of 100 helps him destress after a hard day of 1.25 sets of tennis — and, hey, the crowd was lucky he was feeling benevolent and didn't retire after those first arduous seven games (playing a full tennis match is like sticking your hand in a box of exotic snakes).
     
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