Top 10 highest-earning tennis stars of 2021 with Roger Federer beating rivals despite playing just five tournaments

ROGER FEDERER is a pot of gold!

The Swiss legend was the top tennis earner for 2021 with £62.4 million, despite only playing five tournaments due to injury.

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Swiss legend Roger Federer dropped from the tennis rankings but kept his place at the top of the income listCredit: Getty
Japan's two-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka is second on the list of tennis earners, with a profit of £41 million in 2021

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Japan’s two-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka is second on the list of tennis earners, with a profit of £41 million in 2021Credit: Getty

The 20-time Grand Slam winner is recovering from knee surgery last August that is likely to keep him out of Wimbledon this summer.

And as he watches the drama of the Australian Open, including the deportation of great rival Novak Djokovic, Federer clearly remains free for combined earnings on and off the pitch.

The only two women in the top 10 – compiled by Forbes – came in second and third respectively, Japan’s Naomi Osaka with £41 million and American icon Serena Williams with £26.4 million – ahead of £24.8 million earner Djokovic.

No one in tennis serves you better when it comes to a clean reputation than 40-year-old Federer.

But it’s actually Osaka that takes away most of the gaming action, reportedly over 90 percent of deals like recommendations with Workday, Tag Heuer and Louis Vuitton.

Nevertheless, the sport’s elite earners still saw a marked drop in income from the previous year, from £252 million in 2020 to £237.5 million.

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Covid was, of course, the main reason, as players ‘suffered’ from a reduction in tournaments, exhibition games and appearances.

Federer is eager to get back into action this year, especially as he, Djokovic and Rafa Nadal are locked in together for the most Slam wins ever.

In the absence of his two fellow all-time greats, Spaniard Nadal is hoping to take a lead at 21 as he reaches the OZ Open quarter-finals this week.

Winning Down Under would also give the southpaw a big kick-start to his chances of moving up from sixth on the win list.

Japan’s Kei Nishikori made around £19.8 million last year, just ahead of Nadal’s £19.7 million.

Emma Raducanu certainly looks set to finish in the top 10 tennis earners for the next two years

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Emma Raducanu certainly looks set to finish in the top 10 tennis earners for the next two yearsCredit: The Mega Agency

Then comes a big drop to the best of the rest.

Russian Daniil Medvedev is seventh with £10.9m, followed by Austrian Dominic Thiem with £8.1m, Greek ace Stefanos Tsitsipas with £5.6m and Germany’s Alexander Zverev with £4.1m.

Scotland’s two-time Slam champion Andy Murray, 34, is out of action after two years of battling back from injuries.

That leaves him limping with a net worth of around £123 million, including £45 million in profit.

But one to keep an eye on is Murray’s fellow Brit, 2021 US Open queen Emma Raducanu, whose prize money of nearly £2.5million was slowly overshadowed by glamorous endorsement deals last year.

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