Roger Federer becomes first tennis bilionaire

Former world No. 1 Roger Federer has become the first tennis bilionaire after earning $90.6 over the past 12 months. 

For the 16th consecutive season, Federer has remained the highest-paid tennis player. 

Of those $90.6 million, $90 million came from his sponsorship and endorsement deals. 

Throughout his career, Federer has earned $900 million from his sponsorship and endorsement deals, while $130 million has come from tournament prize money. 

Federer, 40, hasn’t played much tennis in the past year but his popularity and marketability isn’t slowing down. 

Federer out for the season 

Federer’s knee injury worsened at Wimbledon and last month the Swiss announced he would be undergoing a season-ending knee surgery.n

“I just wanted to give you a bit of an update [on] what’s been going on since Wimbledon. As you can imagine, it’s not been simple. I’ve been doing a lot of checks with the doctors as well on my knee, getting all the information as I hurt myself further during the grass-court season and Wimbledon,” Federer said in a video. “That’s just not the way to go forward, so unfortunately they told me for the medium to long term to feel better, I will need surgery. I decided to do it.

“I’ll be on crutches for many weeks and also out of the game for many months, so it’s going to be difficult of course in some ways, but at the same time I know it’s the right thing to do because I want to be healthy, I want to be running around later as well again and I want to give myself a glimmer of hope to return to the tour in some shape or form.

“Also a big thank you already now for all of your messages that are going to be coming in because you guys are always incredible. You always think of me. Some of you suffer with me. I’ll update you as I move along with my rehab. I wish you all the best and I’ll check in with you soon.”