Roger Federer’s Legendary Career in Numbers

Roger Federer said on social media last week that he was ready to retire, and now the fateful day is here: the 41-year-old tennis legend will take the field for the last time as a professional alongside Rafael Nadal in a doubles match in London in the Laver Cup on Friday, the international team tournament that he co-founded in 2017.

Federer, who has been sidelined by a knee injury since reaching the Wimbledon quarter-finals in July 2021, is one of the most accomplished players in the history of the sport, judged by his performance on the pitch. Off the court, though, there’s no arguing: Federer is the greatest tennis of all time and one of the most financially successful athletes ever, regardless of sport.

Here are some of the pinnacle achievements of Federer’s storied career, both as a tennis player and as a businessman.

16: The number of consecutive years that Federer has been ranked as the highest paid tennis player. He made $90 million before taxes and brokerage fees in the past 12 months, according to… Forbes estimates.

20: Federer’s Grand Slam singles titles are the third largest ever by a man, after Rafael Nadal’s 22 and Novak Djokovic’s 21. (Pete Sampras is fourth with 14). which he made 18 of 19. Federer holds the record at Wimbledon with eight men’s singles titles and also won an Olympic silver medal in singles in 2012 and gold in doubles in 2008, plus the 2014 Davis Cup.

103: Federer’s ATP singles titles are the second highest ever after Jimmy Connors’ 109. His 1,251 match wins are also second only to Connors’ 1,274.

310: The number of weeks Federer spent as the top-ranked player on the ATP Tour, a record surpassed by Djokovic’s 373. However, Federer still holds the record for consecutive weeks, with 237, and he was the oldest player ever to reach the ATP’s No. 1 ranking, at age 36 in 2018.

$2 million: The amount Federer could command per event to participate in exhibitions and smaller tournaments when healthy, reaching $3 million or more for certain events.

$90.7 million: Federer’s estimated earnings before tax and brokerage fees for the 12 months ended May, ranking him seventh on 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 the field total makes him the best pitchman in all sports, $10 million for LeBron James and $22 million for third-place finisher Tiger Woods, according to Forbes estimates.

$106.3 million: Total Federer’s peak earnings, as of the 2020 Forbes list of highest paid athletes in the world. That was the only time in Federer’s career that he topped the list, though he’s been in the top ten every year since hitting No. 11 in 2009. His 2020 catch included $100 million in gig endorsements and fees.

$130.6 million: Federer’s total prize money since he turned pro in 1998, the third best figure ever, behind Djokovic’s $159 million and Nadal’s $131.7 million. Incredibly, that represents less than 12% of his total career earnings before taxes and brokerage fees, with Federer earning about $1 billion from endorsements, appearances and other business endeavors, according to Forbes estimates.

$300 million: The reported value of Federer’s clothing deal with Uniqlo, ten years from now. He joined the brand in 2018 after leaving Nike, which paid him approximately $150 million over the course of two decades. Federer has a dozen sponsors outside of Uniqlo, including Credit Suisse, Lindt, Mercedes and Rolex, all of whom have been with him for over a decade.

$1.1 billion: Federer’s total career earnings before taxes and brokerage fees, more than twice Nadal’s $500 million and Djokovic’s $470 million, according to Forbes estimates. (He also far surpasses Serena Williams’ $340 million, the best figure on the women’s side.) It’s the fifth-highest total ever recorded by an active athlete, according to Forbes estimates, leaving him with only Woods, Cristiano Ronaldo, James and Lionel Messi. Federer, who has a significant stake in Swiss shoe brand On in addition to his cash earnings, could now aim to become the fourth billionaire athlete, after Michael Jordan, James and Woods.