Like every summer, Forbes Magazine conducts an analysis of the income earned by elite athletes over the past 12 months. Although it was a complicated time due to the financial recession that the world experienced due to the coronavirus pandemic, the reality is that several tennis players did not suffer a drop in their earnings. In that sense, Roger Federer led the ranking with a total of $ 90.6 million raised. Logically, most of that number is due to advertising deals and not what was produced within a track. Then Naomi Osaka (60.1 million) and Serena Williams (41.8) are the two who complete the podium. In addition, the Swiss is the only tennis player to make the top 10 among all athletes (# 7).
Stan Smith opens up on the Big 3
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic are widely considered the three greatest players in the history of the sport. But former World No. 1 Stan Smith reckons Pete Sampras, Rod Laver, and Bjorn Borg are at par with the Big 3. “I think there are six that are the best in history. Sampras, Laver, Borg and the Big 3,” Stan Smith said while speaking on La Nacional. “Fortunately these three continue to play. Tennis fans around the world had the opportunity to see three of the best at the same time. It is a special era, which will end in a few years.” Stan Smith was then asked to name a present-day player who he believes could have achieved success with a wooden racket. Smith named Roger Federer, explaining that the Swiss’ playing style would have worked well in the olden days. “I think the only one who would have had great achievements is Roger Federer, because he has a very fair, precise style of play,” Smith said. “In fact, for many years he played with a small hoop racket.” Recently, James Blake spoke on Roger Federer and his recent injury. Going by history, the former American player feels that the Swiss ace will bounce back to winning ways. Whenever James felt he was doing really good in tennis, he was always proven wrong when he came up against the 20-time champion. The 41-year-old spoke on this and stated, “Every time I thought I had the best of anything in tennis, I think Roger Federer just found a way to outdo me. So I suspect he will come back from his knee surgery with a better laugh and put me in my place.”