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The greatest tennis players of all time. Clocks in at number one on the highest paid female athletes list. According to Forbes, Serena Williams is the highest paid female athlete this year. Serena Williams made over 18.1 million dollars this year. Only 62,000 dollars of her earnings came from tennis prize money. The rest of the 18 million dollars came from her endorsements deals.

Williams has more than a dozen sponsors, including Nike, Intel, Audemars Piguet, JPMorgan Chase, Lincoln, Gatorade and Beats. Only 16 athletes on the planet made more than Williams over the past 12 months from endorsements, and she made twice as much off the court as any other female athlete.

On Monday, Nike officially announced Abloh’s “Queen Collection” for the GOAT tennis athlete, who will debut the designs at the U.S. Open’s 50th edition tournament in New York at the end of August. Williams’s anticipated appearance will join a slew of other major fashion statements within the tennis world.

According to the celebrity DBI, Serena Williams and her older sister Venus Williams are the top two most marketable female athletes in the world.

Chart Courtesy DBI

Tennis has created a monstrous purse for their women athletes. Eight out of the top ten females on Forbes highest paid female athletes in the world are tennis players. The top 6 women on the list are all tennis players. Bringing in well over 10 million dollars each this year.

This list has also proven the WNBA still doesn’t get the respect they deserve. You have phenomenal and iconic players such as Diana Taurasi, Candace Parker, Skylar Diggins, and Maya Moore who are left out on this list.

The 10 highest-paid female athletes banked $105 million from prize money, appearances, royalties and endorsements in the 12 months ending June 1, 2018. The tally is down 4% from last year and 28% from five years ago.


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