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  • The world's highest-paid tennis players made more money off the court than on it last year, according to a new report
  • Roger Federer and Naomi Osaka topped the list of the highest-earning tennis stars of 2021
  • Federer made $90.6 million over the last year, but his on-court winnings only accounted for $0.6 million

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams, who won't be playing in this year’s U.S. Open in New York City, headline the list of the highest-paid tennis players for 2021. Here's how much the highest-earning tennis stars made in the past year.

While sports stars can take home millions by winning tournaments, each athlete in Forbes' list of the top-five highest-paid tennis players made more money off the court than on it last year. The sport's biggest names have used their fame to land lucrative endorsement deals and collaborations with brands such as Nike and Lacoste.

Here are the five highest-paid tennis stars in 2021 and how they made their fortunes, according to Forbes.

5. Rafael Nadal

Nicknamed the “King of Clay” for his outstanding performance when playing on clay courts, Rafael Nadal, 35, is considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time. His success has helped him amass an estimated net worth of $200 million.

The Spanish superstar, who is currently ranked world No. 5 by the Association of Tennis Professionals, earned $4 million in tournament prize money and $23 million off-court in the past year, bringing his total earnings to $27 million.

4. Novak Djokovic

Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic tied Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal when he claimed his 20th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in July.

Currently ranked world No. 1, the 34-year-old athlete currently has an estimated net worth of $220 million. He is said to have received $8 million in on-court earnings and $30 million off-court in the past 12 months, totaling $38 million.

3. Serena Williams

Holding the record for the most number of Grand Slam wins at 23 championships, tennis icon Serena Williams has amassed a staggering fortune over the course of her career and is now worth an estimated $210 million.

The 39-year-old added to her already massive wealth $1.8 million in on-court earnings and $40 million from off-court deals, or $41.8 million in total.

2. Naomi Osaka

With an estimated net worth of $25 million, Naomi Osaka has made explosive progress in the past few years to become one of the most famous and highest-paid tennis players in the world at only 23 years old. Despite losing in the third round at the Tokyo Olympics, she was the face of the Games’ marketing efforts.

Osaka earned $5.1 million from tournaments and $55 million from off-court deals over the last year, totaling $60.1 million.

1. Roger Federer

Topping the list of the world's highest-paid tennis players in 2021 is Roger Federer, who has an estimated net worth of $450 million.

In the past year alone, the 40-year-old tennis legend earned a total of $90.6 million, where on-court winnings only accounted for $0.6 million and the $90 million was from endorsement deals.

Roger Federer and Serena Williams turn 40 later this year and try to defy age by seeking a ninth men's Wimbledon singles title and equal Margaret Court's women's Grand Slam singles record haul of 24 respectively Roger Federer and Serena Williams turn 40 later this year and try to defy age by seeking a ninth men's Wimbledon singles title and equal Margaret Court's women's Grand Slam singles record haul of 24 respectively Photo: POOL / TOM LOVELOCK