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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Friday May 29, 2020

Roger Federer

The Swiss outpaced all other athletes to become the first tennis player to ever top Forbes' list of highest-paid athletes.

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Roger Federer has become the first tennis player to top Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid athletes.

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The 38-year-old 20-time major champion earned a total of $106.3 million dollars over the past year, earning $6.3 million in prize money and another $100 million in endorsements.

According to Forbes, Federer joins golfer Tiger Woods as the only two active athletes to hit $100 million in a single year from sponsorships alone.

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Federer famously parted ways with Nike in 2018 and subsequently signed a deal with Uniqlo that pays him $30 million per year. That deal enabled Federer to carve his own path in the shoe market, which he has done on home turf.

Here’s more from Forbes:

“His latest partnership is with Swiss startup running shoe, On, whose headquarters sit close to the tennis star’s new home he’s building on Lake Zurich. A renowned sneakerhead, Federer will endorse the brand, whose sales have been doubling annually since its 2010 launch and also invested in the company in return for an equity stake that one source called “significant,” a partnership that could have serious upside for Federer.”

Federer was the only tennis player to rank in the Top 20. Novak Djokovic came in at 23, followed by Rafael Nadal at No.27. Naomi Osaka, the highest female earner ever, ranked 29 on the list and was the first female. Serena Williams ranked at No.33 while Kei Nishikori came in at 40.

See the full Top 100 here.


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