Croatia’s Ajla Tomljanovic made history in the French Open by knocking out the third seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 6-4 in the third round. This defeat meant that the French Open’s all top seeds had been ousted inside six days, with top seed Serena William losing in the second round and second seed Li Na departing in the first round.
Improving from world ranking 495 to 78, she makes herself the biggest ranking improvement by any player in the top 100.
This year, she lost in the third round at the Australian Open but more recently failed to qualify for the draw at Madrid and Rome in the buildup to Roland Garros.
On the other hand, it was the first time for Radwanska as she had failed to make it past the third round at a grand slam since the Frence open 2012. Last year at Wimbledon, she ended up as semi-finalist, quarter-finalist at Australian Open and French Opens and at the US open she made the fourth round.
This year French Open has become remarkable being the first Grand Slam in the open era where the top three players all failed to make the last 16. In this French Open, fourth seed Romanian Simona Halep is the top seeded player left in the draw, having reached the third round on Thursday.
Russian Maria Sharapova, the seventh seed dodged the debris to inflict a 6-0, 6-0 thrashing on hapless Argentine Paula Ormechea. Sharapova won 54 points to 17 for her opponent with the South American taking just three points in the second set.
In men’s side second seed Novak Djokovic made his fourth round with a tough 6-3,6-2,6-7,6-4 win over Croatia’s Marin Cilic. The 2012 runner-up, Djokovic next faces either French Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz for a place in the quarter-finals.
Roger Federer, the 2009 champion and the fourth seeded player defeated Russia’s Dmitry Tursunov with a 7-5, 6-7, 6-2, 6-4 win and reached the last 16.
Roger Federer will face Ernests Gulbis of Latvia for a place in the quarterfinals.
Federer will play Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis for a place in the quarterfinals.
Another European clay title for Rafael Nadal. This the first of the season for him. And the 27th Masters Tournament victory of his career at the Madrid Open.
European clay title in Madrid:
His opponent Kei Nishikori was forced to retire through injury. Before that, Nadal had won seven straight games to lead 3-0 in the third set. Then the match was halted having lost the first set 6-2. And then it came for a break down to win the second 6-4.
Previously Nishikori was struggling with a back spasm. In Saturday’s dramatic semifinal victory over David Ferrer, he was badly injured. But he couldn’t understand this can haunt back again on Sunday game time.
He must be disappointed after losing his first European clay title in such an unfortunate manner. But still the Japanese can take comfort from his performances this week. As this is bringing him to the world top 10 for the first time. Probably in the latest ranking of Monday.
At the clay court in Madrid, Nishikori out-played Nadal for a set and a half with some aggressive shots. Some of them were big winners for him too.
It was clear after the trainer was called on seven games into the second set, that Nishikori‘s movement was inhibited. Rafael Nadal capitalized to break twice and level the match at a set apiece.
Probably the third set was an anti-climax. Rafael was easing ahead of his injured opponent before Nishikori decided he couldn’t continue any more of this game.
“I am very disappointed about what happened today in this final”
Said Nishikori after the match.
He acknowledged that the final was quite unfortunate for him. He tried his level best with being hurt. But after the game he congratulated Nadal as he believes that his opponent played too good. And so, Nadal was gracious in victory with the European clay title.
Rafael Nadal also felt sorry for his opponent. He knew well about the tough job against his opponent as he previously met him in London at the ATP World Tour.
“Winning at home is always more special than winning anywhere. To play in front of your home crowd… is unforgettable for me”
Sharapova rebounds back:
Maria Sharapova recovered from a horrendous start to defeat Romania’s Simona Halep 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 to claim the women’s title ( European clay title ).
She had previously lost the first four games of the match to the World No. 5. As a matter of fact she conceded the first set in less than half-an-hour.
The Russian turned things around as the game progressed. And now she wins seven of her last nine titles on a clay court.
The 27 year old, after the match said,
“Last year I lost in the finals and I really wanted to go one extra step this year.it has just been a fantastic week”
She believes that her opponent is now at another different level. It is clear from her come back from 64th position to number five in less than a year. So she is happy with the way she pulled it off.
Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer, most importantly the match was tough enough to hold the nerve. Djokovic overcame the uncertainties with a hard win of 6-7,6-4,7-6,5-7,6-4 and three hours and 56 minutes match.
Before this astonishing win, Djokovic had lost his last three major finals and hadn’t won a Slam since 2013 Australian Open. May be that was the key to his success. There is no doubt about his excellence. He was making finals and winning smaller titles, which made him a great player still. But like all other greats, at the most important times in the biggest matches, Djokovic was caving.
On Wimbledon final, for a while it looked like that pattern will continue.
During this crucial final, Djokovic found himself surrendering leads again and again to in-form Federer. At the beginning, he was up two sets to one and had even a 5-2 lead in the fourth set. But he couldn’t hold on his standing. He always remains so vulnerable at Federer’s serve as Djokovic lost five consecutive games and failed to convert one championship point on that.
But it was Novak Djokovic who refused to fold and finally won the title.
That year he won his first 41 matches before the defeat came in French open semifinals again Roger Federer.
Since then, remaining towards the top of the game he added a third and fourth Australian Open title, but he hasn’t been able to recapture his 2011 performances. Nadal beat him three Slam finals, Murrey beat him two Slam finals and most notably he looked lost and frustrated in the biggest matches.
But Djokovic never gave up despite all these high profile losses.
He was toiling hard to make him perfect.
At the beginning of this year the great Boris Becker joined his team to get him some mental edge for achieving the ultimate goal. But it didn’t seem to pay off quickly as Djokovic lost in the quarterfinals of the Australian open to Stan Wawrinka and in the French open final to Rafael Nadal.
Now, let’s get back to the Wimbledon final, this year and it was against seven-time Wimbledon Champion Roger Federer and the score was 2-2. In the final set, Novak Djokovic showed his talents, he showed he can beat the champion. He finally converted his championship point.
He lifted his arms to the heavens, swiftly jogged to the net to embrace Federer and then kneeled down to taste the Wimbledon’s sweet grass!
Then he ran to his box embrace his team and also Boris Becker. Their partnership had paid off at last.
After winning the title Djokovic told the press,
“I realized, you know, what I’ve been through mentally to get through to this point.”
For now Djokovic has once again put himself at the top of the tennis world. He didn’t need to play his best for this to prove that he is the best.
Former eight- time champion Rafael Nadal was set to take on tireless 32 year-old David Ferrer In an all Spanish quarterfinal at the Monte Carlo Masters.
World number one ended up the Monte Carlo Masters after a straight-sets quarter-final defeat by the last generation Spaniard David Ferrer. The 14-time Grand Slam champion capitulated in a first-set tie break and dropped his serve in the second to lose 7-6 (7-1) 6-4 to the sixth-seed.
Ferrer won against Nadal for the first time on clay in a decade. He said:
“I have had to wait 10 years to defeat him on clay. After a very long time I’m happy with the win and the way it was played.”
Rafa could be considered an absolute beast on the dirt and despite all the endeavors of players like Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, no one has ever been successful to defeat the King on the clay surface. Previously Nadal had always completely dominated David Ferrer whenever the two met.
His lead of 21-5 represents how well he plays against the 32 year-old and that’s much like many of his other rivals.
After being defeated with 44 unbelievable mistakes Nadal said:
“When your opponent is doing things better than you, the normal thing is to lose. All losses feel bad, but especially on clay. I’m not happy with how I’m playing.”
Nadal has a record of losing only 21 matches out of 321. These 300 wins have seen him winning 43 titles and out of which eight have come from the clay. But Ferrer has always been making a career out of overcoming the odds. After all in all the game seemed one of the most fascinating duel between the two Spaniard greats.
Highest paid female athletes list has been published recently. The world renowned Forbes magazine had estimated the income figures of the famous female athletes for 2015. These payment totals include their prize money, licensing fees, salaries, endorsements and appearances in last year. We all better guess that most of these highest paid female athletes are Tennis players. Undoubtedly, tennis is the one major money-generating sport where men and women have attained near equality, especially for prize money and sponsorship opportunities consideration.
In true sense, we can take money as the key factor other than fame in sports. As matter of fact some of the great athletes in sports world are also the richest persons in money world. And of course, male athletes are more paid than female ones even at this very 21st century. But there are some female athletes, who can compete to male counterparts in their earning from related sporting arenas.
This list of top 10 highest paid female athletes represent eight different nationalities. No surprise, most of these athletes earn the bulk of their total earnings from endorsements deals. As previous, Maria Sharapova grabbed the top spot for the second consecutive year in this richest female athletes list. Li Na and Serena Williams trailing behind her at the second and third places respectively. Let’s not tell the whole story in short.
Check out, who is the highest paid female athlete in the world 2015?
Paula Caroline Creamer is an American professional golfer. She has won 12 tournaments – including 10 LPGA Tour events. And most importantly she is at number 2 in the Women’s World Golf Rankings and at number 10 in this list of top 10 highest paid female athletes in the world 2015.
Creamer is also one the most successful female athletes in current sporting world. She is currently having endorsement deals with – Citizen, Ricoh, and Bridgestone Golf. Creamer took home a prize money of $210,000 at the HSBC Women’s Championships last year.
Agnieszka Radwanska is probably the first athlete to endorse with a Cheesecake Factory. The 25-year-old Polish athlete has also signed a three-year deal with Rado (a luxury watch manufacturer). She has also partnered with car manufacturer Lexus and other renowned international brands like Babolat and Lotto.
Currently, the richest Tennis player is ranked at world no #4. Notably, she is also the first Polish player to reach the singles final of a Grand Slam in open era. With an estimated annual earnings of $6.8 million, Radwanska is currently the 9th highest paid female athlete in the world 2015.
Ana Ivanovic has won three titles in 2014 (Auckland, Monterrey and Birmingham). The renowned magazine website, Forbes.com claims refers that this famous Serbian Tennis star has a lifetime endorsement deal with Adidas Company.
Commonly known as the beauty queen, Ivanovic is considered to be at number 8 in this list of most paid female athletes in 2015. Currently she is world’s no 12 in her sporting field. She has an estimated annual total earnings of $7.2 million.
Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki has definitely lost her rank in the 2015 list of top 10 highest paid female athletes in the world. But still she earns enough to be one of the richest female athletes. Wozniacki just signed a deal with world renowned Adidas last year.
As a matter of fact we want to inform you that she has been the former World No.1 in Tennis. But unfortunately she never Won a Single Major Title in her Career (21 WTA single titles). Currently she is expected to be earning an estimated annual of $10.8 million from salary and endorsement deals from sponsors. Some of her sponsors are namely – Adidas, Proactiv, Yonex, Rolex and Sony Ericsson.
Victoria Azarenka is a Belarusian professional tennis athlete. She has recently dropped two places down to the list of top 10 most paid female athletes in the world 2015. Azarenka may have battled injuries in recent season but she did well in previous seasons. At 2013, she finished second in the World Tennis Association‘s (WTA) world rankings.
The famous female athlete has sponsor endorsement deals with – Nike, Citizen and Red Bull. So we can easily guess, she earns a lot of money from tennis court and outside world as well. With an estimated $11.1 million annual earnings, Azarenka is our 6th highest paid female athlete in 2015.
Danica Patrick has been retaining almost same amount of total annual earnings for the last two years. She has also been constant at her fifth position in this list of top 10 highest paid female athletes in the world 2015. The American racing driver has endorsement deal with – Motorola, XM radio, Coca-Cola and Go Daddy. Forbes also stated about 10 other personal endorsements.
The American auto racing driver is considered to be one of the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing. She gets a lot of money from internet domain registrar and web hosting company GoDaddy. Com. With an estimated $15 million annual earnings, Danica stands at number 5 of richest female athletes in 2015.
Kim Yuna leaped two places in this list of highest paid athletes in the world 2015. The 23-year-old South Korean figure skater has major sponsor deals with Samsung and Hyundai Motors. She also has a number of deals with local brands and has appeared in commercials in her own country.
The 2010 Olympic champion and 2009, 2013 world champion is believed to be earning an estimated $16.3 million annually. Surprisingly almost all of this huge amount is from endorsement deals from renowned sponsors.
With a giant increase, $22 million annual earnings, Serena Williams is at number three in this list of highest paid female athletes. Her prize winnings were more than what especially Sharapova even earned. Anyway, the Russian beat her in terms of earnings off the tennis court. The American Tennis star also has some big endorsement deals like -Nike, Wilson, and Gatorade.
Undoubtedly Serena is one of the greatest female Tennis player of her generation. She also considerable for richest female athletes in the world 2015. Her annual income is equally divided in two parts. $11 million from winnings or salary. $11 million from sponsors deals.
The Chinese Tennis superstar Li Na has swapped places with Serena Williams. After the last year she is also getting ahead of the American for endorsement issues. She confirmed giant sponsor deals after she won the Australian Open title in January last year. And also huge bonus from Nike as a result of winning her second career title. Other sponsor companies are – Mercedes, Rolex and Samsung.
She was the first ever Asian tennis player to win a Grand Slam Title. With an annual estimated earnings of $23.6 million, Li Na is considered the second in this list of top 10 highest paid female athletes in the world. But again, for sure, the Chinese athlete is assuring her potential to anytime become the highest paid female athlete.
It is clear that Maria Sharapova is undoubtedly the highest earning female athlete in the sporting world 2015. Though her winnings or salaries lack a lot than other top female athletes, her endorsement deals alone can take care of this equalization. She has important deals with – Nike, Porsche, Samsung Electronics, Tag Heuer, Evian and Head and also recently Avon Products for a new line of perfume for men and women. For the recent two years she has also been constant at the top of the highest paid female athletes list.
Another important thing, Maria Sharapova is obviously the most famous female athlete of her generation. Namely the Russian Beauty Queen started her career at a very young age. Again, modeling assignments alongside commercials are the other source of her outside court income.
Magazines are periodical publications that are printed or published electronically. The online version of magazine is called online magazine. Generally, magazines are published on a regular schedule and contain a variety of content. Sports magazines are generally financed by advertising, purchase price and prepaid subscriptions. Thus the sports magazines prove themselves as some of the largest mass media in history alongside its huge popularity. The earliest magazine was first published in 1663 in Germany and was called Erbauliche Monaths Unterredungen. It was actually a literature based magazine and since then, the world have seen a huge diversification in the magazine industry.
Starting from the fashion industry to the customer marker, all are covered and featured in various magazines with different names. Sports is not far from them as in 1886, the first sport magazine was published in USA. In recent time, there are vast number of sports magazines publishing throughout the world in which some are globally based and some are regionally based.
List of Top 10 Best Sports Magazines of All time:
For the sports fan, it is always an attraction to have a good copy of a widely popular sports magazine in order to cherish their passion for sports. Sporty Ghost bring to you the list of top 10 Sports Magazines of All time in history of sports.
Just keep asking yourself, which one is the best sport magazine of all time? Scroll down and enjoy.
SLAM is the first issue of American basketball oriented sports magazine. It was first published in 1994 as a blend of hardcore sports with hip hop American culture. SLAM is currently owned by Source Interlinked Media which headquartered in New York City, United States. The magazine publishes 10 issues each year. Dennis Page from the Harris Publications stepped first to publish The Slam and the magazine was first purchased by Peterson Publishing in 1988. Source Interlinked Media finally owned the magazine in 2007 and since then they have become the sole publisher of this widely popular basketball magazine.
The Slam has already published a total of 179 issues featuring numerous basketball stars as its covers. But, “A Basketball on Fire” was its first issue which was published in February 2012, without a basketball player on its cover. Besides the printed version, the online version of Slam is also available in the internet. We have selected SLAM as the No. 10 in our list of top 10 sports magazines of all time. Hope, you would agree.
It was April, 1959 when the first issue of Global Golf oriented magazine ‘Golf’ was first published. Eventually, the magazine has become the first golf magazine in history to reach more than one million circulations. Golf magazine is currently owned by Time Inc. and has more than 1.4 million subscribers throughout the world. It was founded by Universal Publishing in 1959 and later purchased by the Times Mirror in 1972. Finally in 2000, Time Inc. acquired the right of the Golf magazine. Since then, the magazine has been publishing under Time Inc.’s banner.
The magazine is widely popular for honoring recent Golfers with their ‘Golfer of the Year’ award. It covers various events and aspects of golf. Beside this, Golf magazine also conducts a yearly survey with their experts to determine the best golf courses in United States and enlists the top 100 Best Golf Courses in the world. Golf magazine is holding No. 9 spot in our list of top 10 sports magazines of all time.
Baseball Digest is America’s first issue of baseball magazine which was first published in August 1942. The magazine has its headquarters in Illinois, United States and it publishes 6 issues per year under the Grandstand Publishing agency. When Sporting News stopped the publication of printed copies, it was the Baseball Digest who became the oldest and longest-running baseball based magazine still active in the world. The idea of Baseball Digest initially came by a young sports journalist of Chicago Daily Times named Herbert F. Simons and he was the chief editor of this magazine till 1963. Since May 2012, Bob Kuenster has been conducting the act as Editor-In-Chief of Baseball Digest.
The magazine is famous for publishing various important baseball events like Major League Baseball. Besides, the magazine also publishes accurate statistics of pitching, batting and fielding of baseball stars. It also has “fans speak out” letters section for the baseball fans. Baseball Digest makes its way at No. 8 in our list of top 10 Sports Magazines of all time.
The first edition of Tennis magazine was published in August 16, 1954. Currently the magazine publishes 8 issues per year and covers various tennis events worldwide. The magazine was first purchased by the New York Times Company in 1967 and till 1997, they were responsible for its publications. Currently, the Tennis magazine is owned by The Miller Publishing agency since 1997 and James Martin is current Chief Editor of this magazine. Throughout the world, tennis magazine has a huge circulation of 603,069 copies per month which was first started ten years ago. The Tennis also has a digital online version besides the printed. The digital version was debuted ten years ago considering the worldwide vast subscribers.
The magazine not only publishes various tennis events, it also publishes the WTA and ATP rankings of the tennis players and schedules the upcoming tennis championships. The former tennis legend, Pete Sampras is one of the owners of Tennis magazine and currently acting as a special consultant. Tennis magazine is indeed one of the best sports magazines in our list grabbing the No. 7 position.
The former American sports magazine, Sporting News was first published in 1886 and the final printed issue was published in 2012 from USA. Now Sports News has only the digital monthly version which is available on the official Sporting News website. Nevertheless, they didn’t stop publishing the printed copies of the Fantasy Football and Fantasy Baseball Yearbooks. It is one of the ancient sports magazines. In early 1900s, as a weekly magazine, it became one of the dominant American Publications covering various basketball events.
The magazine was so popular that time for which it was nicknamed as “The Bible of Baseball”. Sporting News was owned by Sporting News media and Garry D. Howard is currently serving the job of chief editor of the magazine. The magazine is famous for honoring the sportsmen with various awards such as Athlete of the Year, Sportsman of the Year, Pro-athlete of the Year etc. The eminent Sporting News stays at No. 6 in our list of top 10 Sports magazines of all time.
Inside sport is a sports magazine of Australian origin. The first issue was published in 1991. The magazine now mainly covers sporting contents and sports photography by freelance journalists. Besides covering sports, the magazine also concentrates on celebrity models and their stylish photo shoots which include famous Australian models like Imogen Bailey, Jennifer Hawkins, Nicky Whelan and Nikki Visser. Inside Sports is currently owned by Horwitz in Sydney and organizes The inside Sport Model Search each year.
In November 2012, it was reported that the circulation of this magazine had increased as much as 27% after several renovation and redesign in the near past. It was awarded ‘The Magazine of the Year’ in 2000 and 2004. Inside Sports also won the Walkey Award for its impressive sports coverage worldwide. We put the sports magazine at 5th spot in our list of top 10 sports magazines of all time.
Another American outdoor sports activities magazine ‘Outside’ first published in September 1977. The current publishing team says about the mission of this magazine,
” Outside Magazine aims to inspire participation in the world outside through award-winning coverage of different sports, people, places, adventures, discoveries, environmental issues, health and fitness.”
The magazine initiated under the supervision of William Randolph, Jann Wenner, and Jack Ford and then took over by Lawrence J. Burke in 1979 who still owns the Outside magazine. Christopher Keyes is currently acting as the editorial chief of this magazine from the house of Mariah Media. The Outside has a huge monthly circulation of 686,623. The Outside magazine always inspires the novice writers.
Famous travel and adventure writers like Sebastian Junger and Jon Krakauer must feel grateful to this sports magazine. Outside remains at No. 4 in our list of top 10 sports magazines of all time.
The first issue of Runner’s world was published in 1966 by Bob Anderson. Initially, the magazine had named ‘Distance Running News’ and in 1969 it gained its name as ‘Runner’s World’. Currently, the magazine is solely published by Rodale Press, which has their headquarter in Pennsylvania, United States. David Willey is conducting his role of editorial chief for Runner’s world. The sports magazine went global with the collaboration of the Hearst Corporation in early 1990s and currently the magazine is publishing 14 international editions besides US edition which mainly covers fitness, health, running and Marathons.
With an amazing monthly circulation of 710,618 worldwide, Runner’s World is one of the popular sports magazines in the world. It was nominated for National Magazine Awards three times globally admired for having the ‘Creative Team of the Year’. Runner’s world ranks in 3rd position of our list of top 10 sports magazines of all time.
ESPN, the magazine is a American based sports magazine. The first issue of ESPN, The magazine was published on 11 March, 1998 and currently the magazine publishes biweekly by the ESPN Sports network in Bristol, USA. The magazine is better known for providing much more humorous and light-hearted approach to the major sports news than any other sports magazines like Sports Illustrated magazine. ESPN is currently running under the supervision of Chad Milman as Cheif editor and the magazine has more than 2.1 million bi-weekly circulations all over the world. ESPN mainly covers major sports events like NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB.
The famous annual issue of this magazine is called The Body issue which was first published in 2008. The Body issue is widely compared with the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition as both of them features nude, semi-nude and scantily-clad athletes. The magazine also honors rising young athletes with NEXT Athlete Award every year. We have considered ESPN, The magazine for No. 2 place in our list of top 10 sports magazines of all time.
Sports Illustrated is an American sports magazine which published their first issue on 16 August 1954. It has become the first sports magazine in the history with more than one million circulations worldwide. Sports Illustrated magazine is currently owned by Time Inc. and has gathered more than 3.5 million subscribers all over the world. It is a very popular sports magazine that is read by almost 23 million each week out of which 18 million are men. Sports Illustrated has established themselves as the only sports magazine which won the National Magazine Award twice.
The kids’ version of Sports Illustrated also won the Distinguished Achievement for Excellence in Educational Publishing Award a record 11 times. The most alluring side of this magazine is the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition. The Swimsuit issue was first published in 1964. The edition currently has its own annual publishing event, calendar, video channel and television shows. Sports Illustrated magazine is the No. 1 sport magazine in our list.
There are many other sports magazines which are mainly fairness-based such as Men’s health, Men’s fitness and Yoga. These sports magazines also cover various aspects of sports worldwide, while many fashion magazines like GQ and FHM also feature numerous athletes on their covers. Sports Weekly, FourFourTwo, World Soccer, and The Skateboard Mag etc. are eminent sports magazines beside these top 10.
Defending champion Maria Sharapova powered through to the semi-finals of Stuttgart WTA 2014 tournament in Friday’s quarter-finals. She was playing against top seed Agnieszka Radwanska and picked a straight win by 6-4, 6-3.
Sharapova admitted that it was a big win for her. It was 11th straight win in Stuttgart for her and she is biding for a hat- trick of title after winning consecutive 2012 and 2013 tournaments. Stuttgart becoming luckiest for her she must be grabbing the title soon.
Sharapova claimed her 9 wins in 11 matches against the polish Radwanska, the world no 3. It took one hour 39 minutes for claiming her victory in this match.
After a total of seven breaks at the start of the game, Sharapova finally won her first service game to take control of the first set.
Spain’s Carla Suarex Navarro or Italy’s Sara Errani will be waiting for her in the saturday’s semifinal in stuttgart WTA 2014.
After winning all four grand slams, Sharapova is desperate to get the three successive wins in the stuttgart WTA 2014.
If the Russian wins she will get an extra bonus point as if she would fail to win against Radwanska we would have seen her falling out of the top ten for the first time in the three years.
In 2012 Stuttgart WTA final Sharapova beat Victoria Azarenka in 6-1, 6-4 straight set to win the first title of that year. The tournament named Porsche tennis grand prix was held in between 24-04-12 to 29-04-12 participated by 28 tennis players from different countries. In the semi Maria sharapova met P.Kvitova and beat her by 6-4, 7-6 sets to run towards final.
Last year, in 2013 Sharapova beat N.Li in a straight 2-0 win. Towards the final she beat S. Errani in 6-1,6-2 sets in the semifinal. She defended her title. This tournament was held in 22 to 28 April.
Will the tennis queen defend her title again in Stuttgart? It seems quite a challenging for the former no 1 ( currently 9). It will be a exciting game in the semifinal. Lets wait and see.
American professional tennis player and arguably world’s number one, Serena Williams has an estimated net worth of $145 million in 2016. She has recently been ranked number one in the world five times. And also earned the most prize money of any female athlete ever, which is around $36 million. Serena won Gold Medals at both the Sydney and Beijing Olympics.
She has been laid up most of the past years recovering from foot surgery. Again she had to endure a blood clot in her lungs that developed months later from 2010. Her 13 singles Grand Slam titles put her among the all-time greats in the game of Tennis. Serena Williams, along with her sister Venus has dominated the sport at various times throughout her career.
Full name:Serena Jameka Williams
Birth Place:Saginaw, Michigan
Height:5′ 9″ (1.75 m)
Source of Wealth:Tennis, Endorsements
Serena Williams Net Worth:
Serena Williams is quite an icon with her tennis-abilities and natural rhythm for the sport. People often refer the racket as an extension of her arm. Now a days she is to be considered as a potential brand of sports worldwide. Serena Williams net worth analysis can show you, how dramatically she has brought up her wealth from Tennis and various endorsement deals of the sport.
Serena is one of the highest-paid athletes with a brag-worthy net worth of about $145 million in 2016. Here we present her earnings and financial data, according to The Richest –
Earnings & Financial Data:
$15,000,000 (Nike and Kraft Foods endorsement)
Serena Williams Net Worth Facts:
Serena Williams has probably shocked her fans heavily when she went for the tennis Grand Slam at the U.S. Open this summer and missed the chance to make a remark on history due to a loss to Roberta Vinci. But she got it well as experience and never thought as a loss. But still, she is a 21-time grand slam champion and she has certainly come a long way through the journey in Tennis.
Here we are going to celebrate some of the most fascinating facts about Serena Williams net worth 2016. We can compare her net worth with some of the other Tennis celebrities, her clothing fashion, house and endorsement facilities in 2016.
Serena Williams is ranked number one and Maria Sharapova is ranked fourth. They have had some major gaps in the amount of money they earn on and off the Tennis court. Williams’ $74 million in career prize money is almost double than Sharapova’s estimated $36.5 million.
But Serena Williams has 21 Grand Slams titles, which is four times as much as Sharapova’s five titles. So Williams’ on-court record and money can easily shatter Sharapova.
Clothing Line at New York Fashion Week:
Serena Williams started playing tennis with her sister Venus Williams at the age of three. The Williams sisters are also known for being fashion icons in states. Both have their own fashion lines. While Serena Williams introduced new additions to her line Signature Statement at New York Fashion Week last year.
It was shortly after losing the U.S. Open semifinals, clearly determines, she didn’t let the loss get her down and showed what she can do in the fashion world on the go.
“It’s been keeping me busy and keeping me happy because I love fashion”
Her line basically features casual pants, skirts, leggings, dresses, cardigans, shirts and sweatshirts. This is the second time her line has been featured at New York Fashion event.
Her sister, Venus, also has an interest in fashion. She also has her own athletic clothing line, namely EleVen. This brand also features everything from tennis skirts to sports bras. According to Venus herself –
“Get people moving, healthy and feeling damn good about how they look and feel”
Stake in the Miami Dolphins with Venus Williams:
Williams’ sisters bought a stake in the Miami Dolphins in 2009. That means they are limited ownership partners. More interestingly Jennifer Lopez and Gloria Estefan are also stakeholders with the Dolphins. But there is a slight difference in this case. Serena and Venus are the first African American females to have ownership in a NFL franchise.
Previously they were living in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. In fact they have grown up in the area and were been Miami fans for long time. Serena told –
“I am so excited to be part of such a renowned organization. Having spent so much of my childhood in the area, being involved with a staple of Miami culture is a huge honor”
But, remember, this isn’t just a business transaction. Both the Williams are contributing to history by setting the tone for entrepreneurship in the black community. As Mike Dee (Chief Executive Officer of the Miami Dolphins) said –
“We are focused on diversifying our fan base and broadening our reach. Having these high profile celebrities owning some of the team will help us get more people to the games”
5 Year, $40 Million Contract with Nike:
Counting on Serena Williams net worth 2016, here it’s the big deal. Nike’s hefty contract with Williams benefits both parties. She has been guaranteed Nike’s endorsement for five years to the tune of $40 million.
Obviously Nike expects that the deal will up its presence in the women’s athletic-apparel market. This contract will probably also include sales royalties and performance incentives.
Some of Williams’ other endorsement worth mentioning include Gatorade. Part of Gatorade’s ‘Serena 21’ art series campaign, they made a mural that features several depictions of Serena along with tennis symbols and quotes to commemorate different milestones in her career before the US Open Last year. There are 21 paintings altogether that make the larger mural come to life.
New Home in Palm Beach Gardens – Cost $2.5 Million:
Serena Williams’ newly built Florida home in Palm Beach Gardens had a large price tag of $2.5 million. The 1.25 acre new home comes with a feature of pool, spa and a canal running behind.
Of course Serena has other property as well. She has got a 2.4 acre property in Jupiter, which was bought in 2014 for just over $4 million. But the Williams’ sister mansion is larger than any other (10,000 square feet).
Serena Williams vs Maria Sharapova: Who’s Worth more?
From such a wealth of success, Serena Williams has collected a fair amount of prize money along the way. That puts her first on the all-time list of female tennis players and fourth on the all-time list of both men and women.
In comparison with that unbelievable height, Maria Sharapova’s tennis career is a blundering failure. Only five Grand Slam titles and a single Olympic Silver can never compete I should say. That success, has raked in a “piffling” $34.9 million earnings, pretty much half that won by the younger American Tennis star. Undoubtedly Serena Williams is considerably richer than her Russian rival.
But Maria Sharapova is nothing short of a money-making machine. Outside the court, she has endorsements with the likes of Porsche, Tag Heuer and Evian. These altogether definitely pay her almost twice what Wilson contribute in Serena Williams net worth.
Maria Sharapova is one of the most popular tennis sensations in the world. The former no. 1 in WTA singles has created a very powerful image in media. She is as stylish as glamorous in style. Sharapova is the only Russian tennis player to hold the career Grand Slam. She has a very glorious tennis career with 35 WTA titles and an Olympic gold medal. She has been featured in number of renowned magazines like Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Sharapova also appeared in many promotional advertisements of Nike, Price and Canon. All these have been a great source of income for her as she was ranked highest paid female athlete for a record 11 times. The Sportyghost team has taken a step to accumulate Maria Sharapova HD wallpapers from famous websites. You can easily download any of these at your own choice.
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From his speech, it was clear that he was happy playing a great match. And he is expecting a lot of positive things about the Rome Masters final. Nadal thinks that match as a good confirmation of playing better with the forehand flying and top spins.
It will be the eighth crown for the Spaniard in the Italian capital. On the contrary it was a slightly more circuitous route for his Serb adversary as to play the fifth Rome Masters final.
But definitely Novak Djokovic is the world’s no. two right now. At the past game, he was out on court nearly three hours against Canada’s Milos Raonic. But he prevailed eventually in three sets 6-7 (7/5) 7-6 (7/4) 6-3.
“It was a big win, it gives me a lot of strength and belief that I hope I can carry into tomorrow’s final and the rest of the season”
Errani has taken her game to another level. She must be having a lot of confidence having beaten two really good Top 10 players. And William needs to do a lot of work to beat her as everyone believes Errani has nothing to lose.
No one has ever before dominated the French Open (a Grand Slam tennis tournament) like Rafael Nadal. He has an unmatched numbers of titles at the French Open.
Another record that reflects his talent is the 59-1. Looking at the 60 matches we can easily understand how he tips the balance in his favor.
Rafael Nadal opened his latest title defense Monday against Robby Ginepri of the United States. He has played 11,485 points at the French Open in nine years. All these points has significance beyond the win-and-loss column.
Nadal’s set and match percentages are overwhelming. Things are a lot closer on the level of games and points. Rafael Nadal has had such remarkable success at the French Open. He did this while remaining so close to a 50-50 battle in points won.
All the statistics of tennis show that each year the number one player in the world typically wins about 55 percent of all the points he plays. Particularly for that very season. So we can always say that every point matters.
Rafael Nadal has spent a total of 150.7 hours on court at the French Open since 2005. He has always been torturing the opponents with heavy topspin and controlling the flow of each match.
It looks like he has his opponent on a yo-yo. Unbelievably he been stretched to play a fifth set for only two times. Against John Isner and in last year’s semifinal victory over Novak Djokovic.
Rafael Nadal at the French Open
Percentage of Winning
Rafael Nadal has served 177 aces and 83 double faults in nine years. This is actually splendid performance for a better than 2-to-1 ratio in this critical first-strike area. He never did serve more than four double faults in a match. Only once did he reach double figures (10) in aces.
May be these numbers can suggest a heavy aversion to risk. Strongest thing about Nadal’s service games is getting his first serve in. he does this almost 71.1 percent of the time at the French Open. It can be considered extremely tough to break him as he wins 71.3 percent of first-serve points and 57.7 percent of second serves.
Break Point opportunities:
Another thing matters most for Rafael Nadal at the French Open is break-point opportunities. Converting 50 percent of his break points, is a great advantage for him. Which is 5 percent higher than his career average. While opponents could only convert 30 percent of their break points against him.
Percentage of Winning
Opponent’s 2nd Serve
Opponent’s 1st Serve
Combining all the eight finals, Rafael Nadal’s opponents converted only 25 percent of the break points. For the first five of those finals the conversion rate was only 15 percent. Which is ridiculously low.
May be returning Serve is the arm by which the King of Clay hurts opponents the most. Surprisingly Rafael Nadal wins 40.2 percent of opponent’s first-serve points and 57.6 percent of their second-serve points. This can effectively mean that he has three serves for the match and his opponents have one only.
In the last nine years Nadal has won 67.4 percent of all points serving and 47.1 percent of his return points as well.
Unlike any other year he has lost more at the clay-court lead-in events in Monte Carlo and Barcelona. It is said that Rafael Nadal grows a foot taller when he walks onto Court Philippe Chatrier. He has already proven himself almost impossible by slaying clay’s greatest gladiator in that arena.
Tennis tournaments like Wimbledon, ATP tours always attract huge crowds all over the world. The tennis world always applauds when Roger Federer plays his spectacular smashes in grass courts or when Nadal plays a stunning backhand on the clay court. Now a day’s looks and appeal play a vital role in this kind of glamourous sports, as we see different hairstyle of tennis players as well as different architecture of tennis stadiums. All these, always create sensation among the viewers.
Best Indoor Tennis Courts | Tennis Court Surfaces:
There are many huge and beautiful tennis courts all around the world. Likewise football and cricket, tennis is also glorified not only by the star players but also some spectacular tennis stadiums. Here is the list of top 10 best indoor tennis courts in the world.
Let’s check out, which one is the best Indoor Tennis court surface in the world?
1. Arthur Ashe Stadium:
Arthur Ashe Stadium is the largest tennis stadium by viewer’s capacity in the world. This court is used as the main court for US open. It is also a part of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The stadium is named after the famous tennis player Arthur Ashe, the player who won the inaugural US open. Previously US open was held in Louis Armstrong stadium until 1997, when it was replaced by Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The construction cost was a huge $254 million USD to build a huge capacity for 22,547 viewers with 90 luxury suites. The stadium is also incorporated with 5 restaurants and a two-level players’ lounge. The court surface used in this stadium is Deco Turf cushioned acrylic. The court is also equipped with an advanced Hawk-Eye electronic system.
Wimbledon center court is the main ground of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, which is located adjacent to Aorangi Terrace. At the 2012 summer Olympics, Wimbledon also hosted the tennis competition along with the third annual Grand Slam event of the tennis calendar. Wimbledon is also known by its postcode SW19. The center court of Wimbledon has a premium box for the British Royal family.
The court has a very pathetic history during the Second World War. The center court was demolished by a 500 lb bomb. Then it was rebuilt and in 2009 the stadium was equipped with a retractable roof, designed by SCX Special Projects Ltd. Here on 8 July, 2012, Roger Federer and Andy Murray contested the first Wimbledon final under a roof. It is one of the remarkable tennis court surfaces in the world.
The ground is located in Paris, France. Court Philippe Chatrier remains the main ground of French Open. The ground is also known as ‘Roland Garros’. The stadium was constructed in 1928 to host France’s first defense of the Davis Cup after winning it in 1927. The tennis court was named after the pioneer aviator engineer, Roland Garros. He is the inventor of first forward- firing aircraft machine gun. It has a huge 21 acre compound.
The stadium contains twenty courts including three large capacity stadiums, a luxury restaurant, a bar complex, the press and VIP arena and the Tenniseum. The tennis court surface of the Roland Garros is considered as red clay. Actually, the red clay is made off white lime stone and then coated with a few millimeters of red brick powder.
This multi-purpose indoor sports complex is situated in Greenwich Peninsula, London. The stadium is named after its main sponsor, O2. O2 is one of the biggest telecommunication companies in the world. The construction of O2 arena was commenced in 2003 and it was opened for tennis competitions in 2007. The stadium was specially built to reduce echoing whereas the entire seating arrangements can be modified according to requirements. O2 arena is well equipped with a changeable surface.
The tennis court surfaces can be changed to an ice rink, basketball court, exhibition space, and conference or concert venue. This spectacular stadium has already hosted ATP World Tour Finals since 2009 along with summer Olympics and summer Paralympics events in 2012.
It is the home of the Indian Wells Masters tournaments and the BNP Paribas Open. Indian Wells Tennis Garden is located in Indian Wells, California, USA. Since its opening in 2000, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden are arranging Wells Masters Open, which is held in the second week of March each year. Wells Master is the fifth largest tennis tournament in the world. This beautiful stadium was designed by Rossetti Associates Architects in March 2000. The estimated budget was $77 million. With a huge 88 acres compound, Indian Wells Tennis Garden is the second largest tennis stadium in the world.
The stadium is equipped with a stunning 16,100 seating capacities, 11 match courts, 6 practice match courts along with 2 Har-Tru clay courts. Besides tennis, the stadium also hosted musical concerts by the world renowned artists such as The Eagles, The Who, Tom Petty and many more.
Sinan Erdem Dome is a multi-purpose indoor sports complex. It is located on the European side of Istanbul, Turkey. The stadium is formerly known as the Ataköy Dome. In Turkey, it is the largest multi-purpose indoor tennis court and in entire Europe it is the third largest. The stadium was named after the former President of the National Olympic Committee of Turkey, Sinan Erdem. The ground can accommodate over 22,500 spectators for concerts and 16,647 for tennis tournaments.
The stadium was one of the main grounds of WTA Tour Championships in 2013. It also hosted EFES Turkish League and Euro League since 2010. To increase the seating capacity, temporary stands were built on the top of the permanent stands for the FIBA World Championship in 2010. The stadium is considered as one of the finest indoor tennis courts in the world.
Ahoy Rotterdam is located in Rotterdam, Netherlands. This huge complex consists of three main parts, the “Beurs- & Evenementenhallen”, “Congres- & Vergadercentrum”, and “Sportpaleis”. Although, it was inaugurated in 1950, it was opened for the tennis players on 15 January, 1971. Since then, the Rotterdam Open has been held here annually. Not only that, the ABN AMRO ATP World tour has been taking place here for many years.
The stadium is also used for other sports too. In 2010, World Artistic Gymnastics Championships were held here. The Famina family exhibition was also held here as the first event at it’s exhibition hall named “Ahoy’-Hal”. The famous band “Abba” performed in this very stadium in 1979 on their “ABBA, The tour” campaign.
Smart Araneta Coliseum is also known as ‘The Big Dome’. This multi-purpose indoor tennis courts is located in Quezon City, Philippines. The stadium is considered as the largest coliseum and indoor facility in Asia. Besides tennis, it is also the home of Philippine Basketball Association. Different sports events of National Collegiate Athletic Association and University Athletic Association were also hosted in this stadium.
The construction of Big dome was started in 1957 under the architect, Dominador Lacson Lugtu. By 1959, it was opened by different sports. The decision was widely appreciated when the stadium was selected as one of the main hosts of 2014 Davis Cup tennis tournament.
National Tennis Center is located in the Olympic Green, Beijing, China. It has a huge 41.22 acres compound. National Tennis Center is equipped with a total 12 tennis courts and 35 practice courts including 30 indoor and outdoor hard tennis court surfaces, 2 artificial grass courts, 2 indoor clay courts, and a mini hard courts for the junior tennis players. The main court of this arena is known as “The Diamond court’. It has a seating capacity of around 15,000 featured by a retractable roof above the pitch.
The National Tennis Center hosted the tennis preliminaries and the finals of singles and doubles for men and women at 2008 Beijing Olympics. The National Tennis Center is regarded as one of the best indoor tennis courts in the world.
Rod Laver Arena is located in Melbourne, Australia. It is a part of the Melbourne Park complex. The stadium is also known as ‘National Tennis Center’ or ‘Center Court’, when it was opened in 1988. Later in January 2000, the name was officially changed to the honor of three time winner of Australian Open, Rod Laver.
The stadium is the centerpiece in hosting the Australian Open since 1988. With the seating capacity of 15,000, it is also facilitated with a retractable roof. Since 1988, the surface of the arena was green coloured. The colour was changed to Blue plexicushion in 2008. Besides tennis, the stadium hosted 12th FINA World Aquatics Championships in 2007.
Beside all these marvelous tennis grounds, there are many more tennis arenas throughout the world to claim the top place in this list of top 10 best tennis courts around the world. From splendid masterpieces of world famous architects to state-of-the-art designs, these tennis grounds are a “beauty to look at”.
The world of sports is an entertainment of glamour and glitz. The sports world offers lucrative career options for all those who are talented and who are very much keen to establish themselves. In the recent world, there is hardly anyone who doesn’t look for the highest paying jobs. In this case, sports offer a huge profitable career option for them. All the successful sportsmen are among the highest paid athletes in the world. The lists of highest paid athletes are updating every year by different organizations who evaluate the net worth of the athletes.
One of the most reliable and famous lists is published by the Forbes magazine. The total earnings are calculated is based on the money derived from salary, prize money, endorsements and advertising income. A huge sum of money is generated every year from sports industry. The money is increasing proportionately with the popularity of sports throughout the world.
It is obvious that, the athletes earn enough money from the games and tournaments in the form of team salary, let alone the endorsement deals, in order to put them among the wealthiest stars of the world.
Top 10 Highest Paying Sports of the World 2017:
Today, we will focus on the highest paid sports of the world. Just scroll down to find what is the highest paying sport. Hope you’ll enjoy the top 10 list and most importantly, please don’t forget to give us your valuable comments regarding the list of “Top 10 highest paying sports in the world 2017”.
Let’s find out, what is the highest paying sport in the world 2017?
Highest paid sport No 10: CYCLING
Back in the year 1899, Charles Minthorn Murphy turned out to be the first cyclist to cover a mile’s distance under a minute’s time. He earned himself a nickname “Mile-a-Minute Murphy”. Cycling is considered as one of the most active sports in the world. However, cycles and other human-powered vehicles have undergone enormous innovations around the years. There are many cycling tournaments that are counted among the highest paying sports events in the world. The famous cyclists get enough money from the tournament earning. Cycling has many formats like, track cycling, BMX, Mountain cycling, road bicycle racing, time trailing etc. Bicycle racing is one of the recognized Olympic sports. Free style BMX cycling is one of the extreme sports in the world.
Moreover, they earn a huge sum of money from various endorsement deals. Legendary as well as the most controversial cyclist of modern days, Lance Armstrong achieved the No. 9 place in the Forbes list of Highest Paid Athletes in 2010 with an income of $28 million. Cycling is the No. 10 in our list of top 10 highest paying sports of the world 2017.
A famous sports columnist, Jayson Stark once described baseball as “a unique paragon of American culture“. Baseball is still among the major sports of United States. More than 2.1 million people from USA alone participate in baseball. The baseball players are among the highest paid athletes in the world, especially because of the huge viewership of MLB. We consider baseball for the No. 9 position in our list of top 10 highest paying sports of the world 2016.
Famous American baseball player named Cecil Fielder was at No. 8 spot in the Forbes list of Richest Players in 1993, while his total annual income was $12.7 million. Another baseball player, Alex Rodriguez attained the 7th place in Forbes list of highest paid athletes in 2003 with a total income of $26 million. In 2004, Alex again marked his name at 9th spot with a total income of $26.2 million and in 2011, it became $35 million while he secured his position.
For thirteen years straight, Major League Baseball has seen its increased revenue in 2015. MLB generated estimated $9.5 billion in 2015 which is $500 million more than in 2014. The average value of an MLB team is $1.2 billion in the season of 2015-16. The biggest reason behind this economic boost is the proliferation of lucrative media contracts. MLB has made over $12.4 billion TV deal with FOX and TBS. In the recent years, many MLB teams have linked with approximately $1+ TV contracts.
Ice hockey is often referred to as “The Fastest Game on Earth” because of its fast pace. The game is considered among the highest paying sports in the world, with the ice hockey players having secured decent places in the top paid athletes list. The players frequently put themselves in the Forbes’ richest list. In 1994, the eminent ice hockey player Wayne Gretzky achieved the 5th place in Forbes list of highest paid athletes with the income of $13.5 million. Ice hockey is the 8th highest paid sport in our list of top 10 highest paying sports in the world 2016.
The following year, he achieved 10th place in the list with $14.5 million worth of total income. In 1997, another famous ice hockey player, Joe Sakic from Canada achieved the 9th place in Forbes list of richest players, while his net worth was $17.9 million. In 1998, the Russian ice hockey player Sergei Federov attained 3rd place in Forbes list of highest paid athletes with a stunning $29.8 million income.
Tennis is one of the most popular sports worldwide and the game is played by millions throughout the world. Tennis is at No. 7 spot in our list of top 10 highest paying sports in the world in 2016. With WTA tours being among the highest paid tennis tournaments of the world, the tennis players quite frequently secure their place in Forbes Richest players list. In 1992, the great tennis player Andre Agassi achieved 6th in the list of highest paid athletes, with a total of $11 million worth of income.
In 1993, it was Jim Courier who achieved the 9th place in the Forbes list of richest players with a total income of $12.6 million. Recent days, the tennis superstar Roger Federer achieved 6th place in richest list of Forbes in 2008, 2010 and 2013, having a net worth of $35 million, $43 million and $71.5 million respectively.
The women tennis players also earn huge sum of money. Just take a look at the WTA prize money ranking in 2017:
Soccer is one of the most excited and popular sports all over the world, especially in Europe. Legendary English footballer David Beckham was inducted in 2004 Forbes list of richest players at No. 8 spot with a total income of $28 million. The following year, he also secured 7th place in Forbes’ list with $32.5 million net worth and again he achieved 6th place in 2007 with $33 million. We have selected soccer for the 6th place in our list of top 10 highest paying sports in the world 2017.
In 2007, Brazilian sensation Ronaldinho achieved 9th place in the Forbes list of richest athletes with the net worth of $31 million. In 2008, it was David Beckham again securing the 2nd place in Forbes list while his net worth was of $50 million. And then comes the age of Cristiano Ronaldo, the legendary Portuguese footballer, who placed 2nd in Forbes 2014 list of highest paid soccer players while Cristiano Ronaldo net worth was of $80 million. Last year, Argentine footballer Lionel Messi with the net worth of $64.7 million achieved the 4th place in the list of highest paid athletes.
American Football is a widely popular game which is also known for being one of the highest paying sports in the world as the American footballers frequently secure position in the Forbes list of Richest Players. In 1992, the American footballer Joe Montana first achieved 7th place in the Forbes list with $9.5 million income. With the income of $22.5, American Football legend Deion Sanders achieved 3rd place in 1995 list.
In 2004, famous NFL player Peyton Manning secured the 3rd place in the Forbes list of Highest paid athletes with a total income of $42 million. In 2005, Michael Vick with his $37.5 million income, placed 4th in the list. Tom Brady, one of the greatest NFL players of all time, attained the 9th place in Forbes Richest Players list in 2006 with the net worth of $29 million. American Football is at No. 5 in our list of top 10 highest paying sports in the world in 2017.
One of the greatest golfers of all time and a legendary athlete, Tiger Woods, still holds the record of being in the first place in Forbes list of highest paid athletes for a record 11 times. Tiger Woods topped the Forbes list in 2002 with $69 million, in 2003 with $78 million, in 2004 with $80.3 million, in 2005 with $87 million, in 2006 with $90 million, in 2007 with $100 million, in 2008 $115 million, in 2009 with $110 million, in 2010 with $105 million, in 2011 with $75 million and again in 2013 while Tiger Woods net worth was of $78.1 million.
PGA tour money-leaders in 2017:
PGA tour is the largest platform where the golfers all over the world perform. The players can earn unimaginable amount of money from this golf championship. Thus Golf has become one of the highest paying sports in the world. Here is the leader board:
Many years before Tiger Woods, it was Jack Nicklaus, the greatest golfer of all time secured the 3rd place in 1994 Forbes list with $14.8 million and Arnold Palmer achieved the 4th place the same year with a total income of $13.6 million. Golf is a gentlemen’s game and it’s a richest game too. We put Golf at No. 4 in our list of top 10 highest paying sports in the world 2017.
Various auto racing events like the F1 Grand Prix or Nascar are counted among the highest paying sports in the world. The risks involved in this sport get compromised a bit with a huge winning prize money besides several endorsement deals of reputed sports brands. Auto racing is indeed a millionaires’ game. It makes the sport the 3rd highest paying sport in our list.
The legendary F1 driver Michael Schumacher achieved the first place in 1999 in the Forbes list of richest players with an income of $49 million and again stood first in 2000 with $59 million net worth. In 1992, famous auto racer Ayrton Senna secured the 3rd place in Forbes list of highest paid athletes with $22 million income and the same year another race driver Nigel Mansell achieved the 4th place with a net income of $14.5 million.
Boxing is one of the dangerous sports in modern times. The game is also reputed for being the best paying sports event in the world. The boxers earn a huge sum of prize money from the tournaments. They also get good amount of profit from Pay-Per-View commissions, endorsements and betting. In 1991, the reputed boxer Mike Tyson first topped the Forbes list of Richest Players with a total income of $28.6 million and again the legendary boxer achieved the same place in 1996 with $75 million net income.
Boxing is considered for the 2nd place in our list of top 10 highest paying sports in the world 2017. In 1992, another boxing legend Evander Holyfield topped the Forbes list of Richest Players with a total $60.5 million income. After a little break, another boxer, Floyd Mayweather topped the Forbes Richest Players list with $85 million worth in 2012 and again he topped the list in 2014 with a net income of $105 million.
Reputed basketball tournaments like NBA are widely considered among the highest paid sports events around the globe. The participants earn a numerous from their endorsements. Besides, they earn millions as the salaries from their respected teams. Famous basketball player signed shoes and jerseys also boost their income on yearly basis. The greatest basketball player, Michael Jordan topped the Forbes Magazine’s list of highest paid basketball players in 1992, with his income of $35.9 million.
He also topped in 1993 with $36 million, in 1994 with $30.01 million, in 1995 with $43.9 million, in 1997 with $78.3 million, and in 1998 with a total income of $69 million. Another basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal also achieved the 6th place in 1993 in Forbes list of most earning players with the income of $15.2 million and again achieved the 2nd place in 1994 with the net worth of $16.7 million.
Sports industry is undoubtedly the right place for an athlete to find great wealth and fame. For the athletes, it is the highest paying jobs in the whole world. That’s why many young people want to build a career in sports, in pursuit of fame and most importantly for money. However, many of them forget that it takes more than just the want for wealth and fame in sports. A true sportsman has to be dedicated to his sport and become really good at it. Only then, the rest of the things will follow as rewards. Sports may be lucrative, but they are challenging too by nature.
Along with enormous joy associated with tennis itself, there are a number of fantastic stars of this sport who’ve risen to celebrity status. Those interested in tennis will be au fait with stars of the court such as Andy Murray and Caroline Wozniacki, the stars who have enjoyed plenty of commercial success over the years. Even for those who don’t have any idea about tennis, there are numerous names for them and it seems virtually impossible to escape with the figures like Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Venus and Serena Williams firmly in the international spotlight. However, it’s the well-known names in tennis who’ve made the millions from both their games and celebrity sports endorsement deals.
Prize money may not be the largest income sources for these tennis stars, but success in the Grand Slams is very much crucial for raising the rank. As the players climb the ranking, they become increasingly attractive to world famous brands and that’s when they’ll start earning the big bucks.
Here is the list of top 10 richest tennis players of the World:
Top 10 richest tennis players in the world:
10. Caroline Wozniacki
Prize money: $16 million
World Ranking: 12 (August 11, 2014)
Age: 24 years
Lives in: Monte Carlo, Monaco
Past and present sponsors: Adidas, Yonex, Rolex, Proactiv, Sony Ericsson
At just 24, the former world No 1 was the first Scandinavian woman to hold the top spot,despite being yet to win a grand slam. Caroline Wozniacki was named 9th most marketable athlete in the world in 2011.
Despite her young age, she has already built up an impressive relationship with the sponsors-she has become the face of Stella McCartney’s tennis line for Adidas in 2009, signed a contract of three years to endorse Turkish Airlines’ business class service and released her own line of underwear in September 2012.
9. Agnieszka Radwańska
Prize money: $16.4 million
Current world ranking: 5 (August 18, 2014)
Age: 25 years
Lives in: Krakow, Poland
Past and present sponsors: Rado, Lexus, Lotto sport italia, Babolat, Amica, Play
On July 2012, Radwanska achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No 2. She is the first Polish player ever to reach the singles final of 2012 Wimbledon Championships. In 2006, she won the WTA award for most Impressive Newcomer.
For her achievements in tennis and for representing Poland with distinction, she was awarded “the Gold Cross of Merit” by the Polish President.
8. Li Na
Prize money: $16.5 million
Current world ranking: 3 (August 11, 2014)
Age: 32 years
Lives in: Wuhan, Hubei, China
Past and present sponsors: Visa, Häagen-Dazs, Samsung, Rolex, Mercedes-Benz, Babolat
She is the first and only Asian to win a grand slam singles. Li Na is seen as a strong role model across Asia and increasingly the rest of the world. In 2011, Li Na reached the finals of two grand slams and won the titles in French Open. Her winning led to seven three-year multimillion-dollar endorsement deals. She has been backed by Nike for years, but as her ranking has risen, so has demand for Li Na’s endorsement amongst the biggest global brands as well as multiple Chinese companies. She also graced the cover of Time magazine, which placed her as one of only four athletes on the list of 100 most influential people of the world.
7. Venus Williams
Prize money: $29 million
Current world ranking: 20 (11 August, 2014)
Age: 34 years
Lives in: Linwood, California, USA
Past and present sponsors: Wilson, Electronic Arts, Ralph Lauren, Kraft, American Express, Tide.
Venus Williams has a sizeable fortune of her own both from endorsement and prize money. She was one of the main campaigners for equal prize money for men and women at Wimbledon. With 21 Grand Slam titles she has been in the world no 1 ranking three times. Venus designs her own clothing line,” Eleven” and not only that, she has her own interior design company named “V Starr Interior”. She has also written various books, the latest one names as “Come to win”.
6. Maria Sharapova
Prize money: $30 million
Current world ranking: 6 (4 August, 2014)
Age: 27 years
Lives in: Florida, USA
Past and present sponsors: Nike, Evian, Head, Samsung, Motorolla, Land Rover, Tag Heuer
The golden girl of tennis, Maria Sharapova has unsurprisingly been particularly attractive to world famous sponsors. Her biggest endorsement is with Nike and in 2010 she re-signed with this global brand in an eight-years deal. That dealing could earn her over $70 million. She has her own collection for Nike’s subsidiary fashion level, Cole Hann. Sharapova’s ballet flat is Cole Haan’s best-selling female shoe ever.
5. Andy Murray
Prize money: $32 million
Current world ranking: 9 (18 August, 2014)
Age: 27 years
Lives in: London, England
Past and present sponsors: Adidas, Head rackets, Highland Spring, Jaguar, Fred Perry, Rado watches
The value of Andy Murray soared after his US open win in 2012. After being a member of elite Grand Slam winners club, Andy Murray suddenly became much more marketable and then after becoming 2013 Wimbledon Champion his marketing potential is set to go through the roof.
In 2009, he signed up to a five year deal with Adidas, which became one of his largest sponsors that worth $4-5 million per year. From the Swiss watch company, Rado, he earns seven-figure sponsorship money.
4. Serena Williams
Prize money: $56 million
Current world ranking: 1 (11 August, 2014)
Age: 32 years
Lives in: Florida, USA
Past and present sponsors: Nike, Wilson, OPI, Puma, Hewlett-Packard, Tampax, Gatorade
The younger William sister is currently ranking No 1 in the world for the seventh time in her career. Serena Williams has earned the most career prize money than any female athlete in the history of sports and also has a wide range of outside business ventures.
In 2009, Serena launched her own line of handbags and jewellery, but most of her endorsements have been thanks to the joint Williams brand. With her sister,Venus, she has co-written a book “ Venus and Serena: Serving from the hip: 10 rules for living, loving and winning”. The Williams sisters also own a share of the Miami Dolphins, the American football team they have supported since childhood.
3. Novak Djokovic:
Prize money: $65 million
Current world ranking: 1(18 August, 2014)
Age: 27 years
Lives in: Monte Carlo, Monaco
Past and present sponsors: Mercedes-Benz, Audemars Piguet, Fitline, Srbija, Sergio Tacchini
Despite his No 1 world ranking, Novak Djokovic has earned less in endorsement than Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. However, since 2011 he has won six Grand Slams and earned $30 million prize money alone. In the same year, he signed endorsement deals with Audemars Piguet and Mercedes-Benz. Djokovic left his clothing sponsor Italian brand Sergio Tacchini in 2012 and announced as global ambassador for Japanese clothing brand Uniqlo for five years.
The current world no 1, Djokovic grabs no 3 position in our list of top 10 richest tennis players and it wouldn’t be long enough to see him with more money as well as with more sponsors.
2. Rafael Nadal
Prize money: $70 million
Current World ranking: 2(7 July, 2014)
Age: 28 years
Lives in: Mallorca, Spain
Past and present sponsors: Lanvin, Nike, Emporio Armani, Richard Mille, Kia Motors
The “King of Clay” has won 14 Grand Slam singles titles as well as a Gold medal in 2008 Beijing Olympic. It was unfortunate for Rafa that a knee injury kept him out of London in 2012 and off the courts for seven months. That injury made him suffer both in terms of ranking and prize money. Nevertheless, Rafa still has plenty to flash thanks to his endorsements.
Famous watch making brand Richard Mille have released two Nadal signature timepieces, the latest of which costs $690,000. In April 2009, Nadal became the face of Lanvin’s L’Homme Sport cologne and taking the reins from football legend Cristiano Ronaldo, he has become the face of Emporio Armani underwear and Armani Jeans in 2011.
In our list of top 10 richest tennis players, Rafael Nadal remains in second position.
1. Roger Federer
Prize money: $84 million
Current world ranking: 3 (18 August, 2014)
Age: 32 years
Lives in: Bottmingen, Switzerland
Past and present sponsors: Gillette, Rolex, Mercedes-Benz, Jura, NetJets, , Moët & Chandon
Roger Federer is the world’s second highest paid athlete, beaten only by the golfer Tiger Woods. Roger Federer is the record-holder for the most Grand Slam wins (an impressive 17) and for longest period in the top (302 weeks) position. Roger Federer holds the no 1 position on our list of top 10 richest tennis players of the world.
Federer appears to be a solid investment for the brands as unlike others he’s never been out of action from injury for a long time. Many of his endorsement dealings have signed for ten years and his sponsors collectively pay him more than $40 million annually.
Sports of different kinds play an important role in American society. These sports have earned tremendous popularity across USA, but most importantly they are the vehicles for transmitting such values as fair play, justice and team work. Sports have contributed to social and racial integration and over history, they have been a ‘social glue’ bonding the whole America together.
Early American personalities like President Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin stressed the need for sports such as running and swimming. In the 20th century, American presidents like Dwight D. Eisenhower, Theodore Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy continued to encourage sports among the Americans.
Most Popular Sports in America:
Later in 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower founded the President’s council on Youth fitness. It aimed to encourage America’s youth to make fitness a first priority. This organization later became the President’s Council on physical fitness and Sports, which included people of all ages and abilities and promoting fitness through games and sports. Today, the Sports Council continues to play a vital role in development of sports in America.
Sporty Ghost has enlisted the top 10 most popular sports in America. Let’s check out what is the most popular sport in America?
10. Martial Arts
Martial arts are the traditions of combat practices. Martial arts are practiced for various reasons: self-defense, physical health and fitness, competition, entertainment purposes, as well as physical, mental and spiritual development.
Actually, the term ‘Martial Arts’ has become associated with the fighting arts of eastern Asia. But it was originally referred to the combat system of Europe, in early 1550s. The term ‘Martial Arts’ derived from the Latin word ‘Arts of Mars’, the Roman God of war. Not only in Europe, martial arts have also gained popularity in America. It has been a mandatory in US military to learn martial arts as a form of self-defense.
The US government is also encouraging Martial Arts as a form of sport. In 2007, the wholesale value of martial arts related sports equipment in America was estimated 314 million USD. The participation in martial arts in the same year was at stunning 6.9 million. The Ultimate fighting championship in Martial arts generated a revenue of about 250 USD in 2008. Martial arts are gaining popularity in the young generations of USA. It is one of the most watched sports in America. In our list of top 10 most popular sports in America, Martial arts is in No. 10 position.
Like the rest of the World, Americans initially began to use their public streets as a track of automobile races. As time progressed, and it was realized that these venues are not safe for the public as they offered relatively little crowd control. Promoters and drivers in America discovered that horse racing tracks could provide better conditions for motor sports than public streets. Since then, there was a huge development in the racing motor sports in America.
United States are quite capable of arranging famous motor racing events. Here are some of these popular motor sports:
● Indianapolis 500:
Indianapolis 500 is the most popular open wheel racing event in USA. An acrimonious split between the primary series and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway led to the formation of Indy Racing League in 1994.
Notable Indy car drivers: A.J Foyt, Mario Andretti, Michael Andretti, Al Unser, Scott Dixon.
It is the result of enormous expansion of stock car racing. At past, it was mostly a regional circuit, followed in the Southern US. Now it is truly a national sports event.
Famous NASCAR drivers: Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt and Jr. Jimmie Johnson
● Formula 1:
Although, formula one is the most popular form of motor sports worldwide, it is not so much popular in America. The Formula one race first hosted in Austin, Texas in 2012. The event was the first United States Grand Prix held since 2007.
Famous Formula one drivers: Phil Hill, Mario Andretti, Scott Speed
Motorcycle racing, commonly known as MotoGP championship is one of the most popular sports in America. There are two Moto GP events took place in US. These events included United States motorcycle Grand Prix and Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.
Famous Moto GP drivers: Nicky Hayden, Collin Edwards, John Hopkins, Eddie Lawson
After American football, Motorcycle racing is the 2nd most watched in America. Motorcycle racing has marked as one of the most popular sports in USA. In our list of top 10 most popular sports in America, motorcycle racing is in No. 9 position.
It was a professional wrestling promotion in America in the mid-1980s. Various federations of US wrestling, including National Wrestling Alliance, American Wrestling Association (AWA) and Jim Crockett Promotions unitedly formed Pro-wrestling in USA.
By 1984, Vince McMahon stepped forward to take the World Wrestling Federation ( Now World Wrestling Entertainment, WWE) national and he was the one to bring out Georgia Championship Wrestling. Vince McMahon was able to air the historic “Brawl to End it All” and “War to Settle the Score” wrestling card on MTV to fight the National Wrestling Alliance. Besides that, McMahon still had the most recognized wrestler in America, HULK HOGAN.
Famous Pro-wrestling figures: John Cena, Undertaker, Kane, Stone Cold, The Rock.
Pro-wrestling is probably the most watched and popular sport event in America to some of the critics.
Tennis is an Olympic sport. The game is played all the levels of society. Tennis is popular in all ages. Although the modern game of tennis originated in England, the popularity spread worldwide in a very short period of time.
Tennis was first played in America at the home of Mary Ewing Outerbridge at the Staten Island Cricket club in New Brighton Staten Island, New York in 1874. In 1880, USA held the American National Tournament for the first time in history. United States Tennis Association was formed on 21 May, 1881 to build up rules and organize tennis tournaments.
The America’s national Men’s singles championships is currently known as US Open . The first US Open was took place in 1881 at Newport, Rhode Island. The US Open was made officially one of the tennis majors from 1924.
America has possessed a glorious memory in the history of tennis. The sport is equally popular in men and women. In our list of top 10 most popular sports in America, tennis is in the No. 7 position as one of the most watched sports in USA.
Famous US tennis players: Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Venus Williams, Serena Williams
Golf began many centuries before the Europeans migrated to America. Presumably, they brought the game across the Atlantics. The game of golf took a while to become popular in America.
American Professional Golfers Association, PGA was formed in 1916. The catalyst in this procedure was the department store owner Rodman Wanamaker.
America is considered as the heartland of golf. There are hundreds of beautiful golf courses around the country. America’s history of golf is much enriched. Golf is undoubtedly one of the most popular sports in America.
Famous US golfers: Tiger Woods, Lanny Wadkins, Gene Littler, Lloyd Mangrum
Tiger Woods is an iconic golf figure in the history of America. He is the most successful golfer of all time. He has been one of the highest paid athletes for several years. The players like Woods has made the game one of the most popular sports in America.
USA is one of those very few countries where soccer is not at the top in sense of popularity. In terms of viewership, soccer is regarded as the most popular sports in the world. However, soccer is gaining popularity in the school based programs while about 340,000 girls and 380,000 boys participated in this game during 2008 as per the US census.
The governing body is named United States Soccer Federation, commonly known as US Soccer. The organization arranges all level of soccer in America, involving the National teams, professional leagues and amateur games. Now a days, over 13 million people in America are playing soccer. It is the third most played team sport in America.
The Major League Soccer (MLS) is the highest professional soccer league in US. Major League Soccer began to put their mark since 1996 with 10 teams, and has now grown to 20 teams. The MLS is becoming very popular in USA. This soccer league has the third highest attendance of any sports events in America.
The game is generally known as ‘hockey’. The name ‘Ice-hockey’ is commonly used in countries where ‘hockey’ refers to dry field hockey. Ice hockey is the 4th most popular sport in America.
Ice-hockey is mostly popular in the areas of North America, particularly in northern parts of America and Canada. The National Hockey League (NHL) is the highest level in men’s hockey and is the most popular game in North America. USA won its first gold medal in winter Olympics 1980, in ice-hockey. It was the greatest success of the American ice hockey teams. The win was so remarkable that it is referred to “Miracle on Ice”, as it was a win over the mighty Soviet Union.
Famous US ice-hockey players: Tommy Williams, Jeff Norton, Darren Turcotte, Craig Janney
On the basis of popularity, ice-hockey is the 4th most popular sports in America.
Basketball is the 3rd most popular sport in our list. Basketball is the 10th most followed sport in the world. Basically the game is well developed in America and some part of Europe. Nowadays, people all over the world enjoy the game.
All basketball competitions in America are organized under National Basketball Association (NBA). There are so many world renowned NBA basketball teams in all around USA.
US basketball is responsible for the selection and training of the men’s and the women’s team. The USA basketball team used to participate in FIBA Basketball World Cup, Games of the Olympiad and men’s and women’s qualifiers.
Basketball is very much popular sport in America in all terms of view and it is gaining the popularity day by day.
Baseball is considered as the 2nd most popular sport in America. In America, baseball is called the game of national pastime. There are two levels of baseball competition in America, 1. Minor League Baseball and 2. Major League Baseball (MLB). The increased popularity of baseball is not just seen in America, but the whole world is becoming the centerpiece of baseball events slowly. There is always a huge number of audience following baseball matches in America.
Baseball can be played well by people of average height and weight. For this reason, the game is called a “democratic Game”. The game is played at a number of amateur levels, from the high school to college. During the spring and summer, there will be a baseball game going on almost every corner of America.
Famous US baseball players: Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Reggie Jackson, Lou Gehrig
In our list of top 10 most popular sports in America, American Football is the most popular and most watched sport of all the other sports. It is also the 9th most popular sport in the whole sport world.
The biggest competition of American football is organized by National Football League (NFL). American football is more popular in southern parts of USA, like Texas, California and Florida.
The Americans are not just watching the football at homes. They are coming by thousands to watch the game on football stadiums. In 2012, the NFL had an average attendance of 67,604 at each game of football, which is more than any other sports event in the world.
With the charm of money and fame, American football has achieved the place of most popular sport in America.
In 2012, nearly 1.1 million American high school athletes and over 70,000 college athletes played American football in USA. The NFL championship game, “the Super Bowl”, ranks among the most watched sports worldwide. The NFL has an annual revenue of around $10 billion USD.
Famous NFL players: Reggie White, Don Hutson, Johnny Unitas, Walter Payton, Jerry Rice
There are other most popular sports in America and Boxing is one of them. There are plenty of Americans who still remember the golden days of boxing. Who could forget the legendary American boxer Mohammad Ali? Still now, the legacy of Boxing is carried out by Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, who are very popular figure in America.