Emma Raducanu pockets more money than the number 1 in the world in the list of earners
Emma Raducanu ranked third on the list of the highest-paid female athletes for 2022 despite a year of mixed results. The 19-year-old became an overnight superstar when she won the US Open as a qualifier in 2021, but has failed to win a title since, though she still finds herself pocketing more money than World No.1 Iga. Swiatek, who won eight titles. this year alone.
Raducanu became one of the biggest names in tennis when she made sporting history as the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam title. Aged 18 at the time and ranked No. 150 in the world, the Briton was playing in her fourth professional tournament when she won the US Open without dropping a set and rocketed into the top 25 in the world.
It meant that she suddenly found herself able to compete in every event on the WTA Tour, although the teenager struggled at times during her first full year on tour and finished 2022 with a 17-19 win-loss record. Despite her difficulty adjusting to life on tour, the World No.76 has still been named the third-highest-earning female athlete of the year.
Aided primarily by her endorsements, Raducanu placed third behind teammates Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams in SportsThe list of highest earning female athletes with a total of £22,690,117 ($26,200,000). Just £2.77m ($3.2m) of this has been in prize money, with the British No.1’s best finish coming in the semi-finals of the recent Korea Open.
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The staggering £19.9m ($23m) has been thanks to Raducanu sponsorships, with the former world number 10 serving as an ambassador for brands including Dior, Tiffany & Co., Porsche and British Airways. And his earnings this year dwarf those of world No. 1 tennis player Swiatek, who was ranked seventh on the list.
The Pole pocketed £7m ($8.1m) in total for the year, with the vast majority ($5.6m ($5.6m) £4.8m) coming from her earnings after winning eight titles, including two Grand Slams at the French Open and the US Open. Swiatek earned just £2.17 million ($2.5 million) in endorsements despite being sponsored by Red Bull and Rolex.
And the two women who earned more than Raducanu also got most of their money from endorsements. Osaka became the highest earning female athlete of the year despite playing just 23 matches this season and winning 14 of them.
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The four-time Major winner may have only earned £1 million ($1.2 million) for her tennis this year, but it was her endorsements that put her head and shoulders above the rest of the pack, with the 25-year-old earning £1 million. 45 million ($52 million) for his efforts off the court, which include launching his own talent agency Evolve, which signed Nick Kyrgios, and high-profile deals with Nike, Levi’s and Louis Vuitton.
Serena Williams, meanwhile, earned just £260,000 ($300,000) from tennis this year when she returned to grass before retiring at the US Open, but came second to Osaka thanks to £30 million ($35 million) in endorsements. .
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