Roger Federer He said on social media Last week he was ready to retire, and now the fateful day has come: the 41-year-old tennis legend will take the court for the last time as a professional on Friday alongside Rafael Nadal in London’s doubles match at Laver Stadium. The International Championship Cup for the teams that he co-founded in 2017.
Federer, who has been sidelined with a knee injury since reaching the Wimbledon quarter-finals in July 2021, is among the most accomplished players in the sport’s history when judged by his exploits on the court. Off the court, however, there is no debate: Federer is the greatest tennis player of all time, and one of the most financially successful athletes of all time, regardless of the sport.
Here are some of Federer’s top career achievements as a tennis player and as a businessman.
16: The number of consecutive years that Federer has been ranked as the highest-paid player in tennis. He said he made $90 million in the past 12 months before taxes and agent fees Forbes Estimates.
20: Federer’s Grand Slam singles titles, the third most titles ever for a man, after Rafael Nadal at 22 and Novak Djokovic at 21. (Pete Sampras is fourth with 14). Federer has 18 of 19. Federer holds the Wimbledon record with eight men’s singles titles and also won the Olympic silver medal in singles in 2012 and gold in doubles in 2008, as well as the 2014 Davis Cup.
103: Federer’s ATP titles, the second most all-time title after Jimmy Connors’ 109. His 1,251 matches also finished second to 1274 Connors.
310: The number of weeks Federer spent as the ATP Tour player of the year is a record that Djokovic has surpassed by 373. Federer still holds the record for consecutive weeks, with 237 weeks in, and was the oldest player ever to have an ATP number. 1st place, at the age of 36 in 2018.
$2 million: The amount that Federer can order per event to play in exhibitions and smaller tournaments when he is healthy, up to $3 million or more for certain events.
$90.7 million: Federer’s estimated earnings before taxes and agent fees for the 12 months ending in May put him in seventh place Forbes List of highest paid athletes in the world. Only about $700,000 of that total came from his tennis winnings. His $90 million off-field gross makes him the best player in all sports, $10 million ahead of LeBron James and $22 million over third-placed Tiger Woods, according to The Guardian. Forbes Estimates.
$106.3 million: Federer’s total earnings, as of 2020 Forbes List of highest paid athletes in the world. It was the only time in his career that Federer topped the list, although he has ranked in the top 10 every year since dropping to 11th in 2009. His 2020 earnings included $100 million in endorsement and appearance fees.
$130.6 million: Federer’s total career award money since he turned professional in 1998, the third-best mark of all time, behind Djokovic $159 million and Nadal $131.7 million. Incredibly, that’s less than 12% of his total career earnings before taxes and agent fees, as Federer has earned nearly $1 billion from endorsements, appearances and other business endeavors, according to Forbes Estimates.
$300 million: Reported value of Federer’s clothing deal with Uniqlo, over ten years. He joined the brand in 2018 after leaving Nike, which paid him nearly $150 million over two decades. Federer has dozens of sponsors other than Uniqlo, including Credit Suisse, Lindt, Mercedes and Rolex, all of whom have been with him for more than a decade.
$1.1 billion: Federer’s total career earnings before taxes and agent fees, more than double Nadal’s $500 million and Djokovic’s $470 million, according to Forbes Estimates. (He also far outshines Serena Williams at $340 million, the best sign on the women’s side.) It is the fifth highest total recorded by an active athlete ever, according to Forbes his estimates, leaving behind only Woods, Cristiano Ronaldo, James and Lionel Messi. Federer, who owns a large stake in the Swiss shoe brand On in addition to his cash earnings, can now strive to become the fourth billionaire sportsman after Michael Jordan and James Woods.