Top-paying sportsmen: Serena Williams and tennis players crush everything

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Of its 26 million euros obtained over one year, 3.7 million come from tournament wins for the American at the top of the hierarchy for the fourth year in a row.

Although she has not won any title since her triumph at the US Open almost a year ago, Serena Williams remains the sportswoman, and by far, the best paid on the planet. Forbes published the ranking of the highest paid athletes, between June 1, 2018 and June 1, 2019 and for the fourth time in a row, the American trustees the top of the hierarchy.

The player in the 23 Grand Slam Singles titles has earned $ 29.2 million (€ 26 million) over twelve months but only 4.2 million (€ 3.7 million) from tournament winnings. The tenth world player, who has amassed almost 81 million euros thanks to his victories on the courts since the beginning of his career, takes advantage of his string of advertising contracts (Pampers, Nike, Beats, Gatorade in particular).

Behind her, the new superstar of world tennis is pointing the tip of her nose. Victorious in this period of the US Open and the Australian Open, the Japanese Naomi Osaka occupies the second place with (21.7 M €). On this bank, 14.2 come from new recent advertising contracts. In one year, these have been multiplied by ten (1.3 M €)! Brands like Mastercard, All Nippon Airways, Nissan and Procter & Gamble have been betting on the world's second-ranked champion who will blow up the meters next year with a giant contract signed with Nike since last spring. She also becomes the fourth sportswoman to earn over $ 20 million in a year, after Williams and tenniswomen Maria Sharapova and Li Na.

The footballer Alex Morgan, 12th

Angélique Kerber ($ 11.8 million) completes the top trio of this ranking crushed by tennis players since the first eleven athletes come from the world of the little yellow ball. Alex Morgan, American footballer, comes to break the undisputed reign of queens of the WTA, in twelfth place, with 5.1 million euros of gains.

Top 15 best paid players:
1. Serena Williams (26 million euros)
2. Naomi Osaka (21.7 million euros)
3. Angélique Kerber (10.5 million euros)
4. Simona Halep (9.1 million euros)
5. Sloane Stephens (€ 8.5 million)
6. Caroline Wozniacki (6.7 million euros)
7. Maria Sharapova (6.2 million euros)
8. Karolina Pliskova (5.6 million euros)
9. Elina Svitolina (5.4 million euros)
10. Venus Williams (5.2 million euros)
10. Garbine Muguruza (5.2 million euros)
12. Alex Morgan (5.1 million euros)
13. P.V. Sindhu (badminton) (4.9 million euros)
13. Madison Keys (4.9 million euros)
15. Ariya Jutanugarn (golf) (4.7 million euros)



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