the sports that earn the most money for their stars



Most people choose a sport at an early age, driven by their passion and love of the game. Few people start playing tennis or soccer to get rich, but there are many people who have become millionaires because of their passion. At a time when tennis players want to increase their earnings, and sports stars seem to be earning more than ever, it’s worth examining the gulf between sports.Roger Federer

If you examine a list of the world’s richest sportspeople, you start to realize that there are certain sports in which it’s so much easier to earn money if you’re a star: boxing, football, soccer, tennis, golf, basketball, baseball, racing and cricket. At the same time, there are certain sports where barely anyone can make it onto a list of the world’s richest ath letes.

Think about the people who have reached the pinnacle of judo, fencing or high jump. They may have gold medals to hang around their neck, but they probably don’t have a Ferrari parked out front. The best curlers and bowlers may make the occasional appearance on TV, but they don’t have legions of adoring fans or multi-million sponsorship deals with Rolex. At the same time, Floyd Mayweather’s earnings are pegged at around $80 million annually, and Roger Federer makes a bit over $50 million.

Many people assume that soccer players are the richest in the world because the sport has such wide penetration, and a truly global audience, but you need to get quite far down the list before you will come across a soccer player, which is David Beckham at number eight. The English midfielder is 37, which is beyond the age where anyone can play their best soccer, but he is still a powerful force on the field. But the majority of his wealth actually comes from c orporate sponsorships, and not from his famous free kicks directly.

“The biggest earners are usually boxers, because they get a big cut of pay-per-view revenues, from events that are watched around the world. They have no teammates, no stadium and very little fixed costs – so there’s so much money that goes directly to the boxer,” said soccer tickets retailer StubHub. “Soccer players have a much bigger profile, and there are more of them, but – when it comes to money – the best soccer player is going to be knocked out by the best boxer.”

maria sharapova sets up clash with venus williams at the australian open


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Maria Sharapova was careful not to show any disrespect to the two women she beat 6-0, 6-0 along the way to a third-round match against Venus Williams at the Australian Open.

As rare as it was, she said, an almost flawless start wasn’t entirely what she’d come to Melbourne to achieve.

The No. 2-ranked Sharapova overwhelmed Japan’s Misaki Doi in 47 minutes Wednesday, even less time than she’d needed to beat fellow Russian Olga Puchkova two days earlier in her first competitive match of 2013.

tennis now: olympics (fashion) and beyond



Update: Erwin here, writing to tell you that I have started working at Tennis Now – an online hub covering all things tennis-related: the pro tour, gear reviews, tips/training/drills, and of course the off-court and style deliciousness that we covered here on TSF.

I hope you are all having a great summer; we’re all excited to see what everyone’s going to wear at the Olympics this week, right? We’ll check back in soon. In the meantime: TennisNow.com

 

farewell



Dear readers,

When we started blogging four years ago — about tattoos (on Flavio Saretta and Potito Starace), trophies (still our fave: Bercy 2006), and Lleyton‘s marriage to Bec — we never thought of TSF as anything more than a casual hobby. Instead it gave us a chance to flex our tennis geekery: becoming besties with Sorana, obsessing about Mirka, playing “Where In the World is Andre Sa?”, founding a one-man fan club for Kolya, and polling everyone about their Top 5. (Who’s in ours, you ask? We both agree on Monaco, Melzer, Nole, and the puffy pecs on Igor Andreev.)

But as 2011 came to a close, we felt that it was time to move on and make room for our other projects. This will be our last post on TSF.

We’ll still be covering similar topics in our own work (uhhh SI pairing Rafa with Bar Rafaeli? Sexy.), so if you are curious to follow: Nick’s at @nickmccarvel and Erwin’ll be at @erwincong. (Note: TSF’s Twitter will continue to be maintained.)

Tennis Served Fresh wouldn’t have made it this far without support: from family and friends who clicked away on posts; readers who visited and left comments; industry folk who let us pick their brains; labels who let us into their showrooms; contributors who helped us with coverage; and from fellow journos whom we spent many, many hours with in the trenches. Thanks to everyone. Without you, Erwin would never have ended up peeing next to Tursunov and Melzer in a U.S. Open bathroom.

Until next time: hugs, kisses, and a Venus Williams twirl (maybe a Petkorazzi shimmy??) –

Erwin and Nick

it’s a wrap: adidas’ women’s competition line, s/s ’09



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Not a surprise, but the spring/summer 2009 adidas women’s competition line keeps low-key, staying with that bumblebee shade that we’ve been trying to expunge from the tennis palette for two years (Yonex is keeping adidas company during this sit-in).

The bright yellow is broken up by black lines around the back of both the tank and the cap sleeve top, while the standard three-stripe detail makes an appearance on the sleeve of the latter.

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There’s a diamond in the rough, though: continuing with the Asian-inspired Australian Open top, adidas has produced this red mock wrap cap sleeve tee to kick of its players’ 2009 campaign. (With Anna Chakvetadze defecting to Fila, Dinara Safina and Patty Schnyder will be the highest-ranked women playing in these pieces.)

Buy: adidas Competition Tank and Cap Sleeve Top, neon yellow/black, starting at $45; Competition Skort, white, $45; all items available at shopadidas.com in January 2009.