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Federer tops world’s highest-paid athletes’ list

Roger Federer topped the 2020 Forbes magazine list of highest-paid global athletes announced on Friday, leading the line-up for the first time with pre-tax earnings…

Roger Federer topped the 2020 Forbes magazine list of highest-paid global athletes announced on Friday, leading the line-up for the first time with pre-tax earnings of $106.3 million.

The Swiss tennis legend, a men’s record 20-time Grand Slam singles champion, becomes the first player from his sport atop the annual list since its 1990 debut, rising from fifth in 2019.

Federer’s haul over the past 12 months included $100 million from appearances fees and endorsement deals plus $6.3 million in prize money. His previous best showing was second in 2013.

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic that shut down sports worldwide caused the first decline since 2016 in the total income of the world’s 100 top-paid athletes, a 9% dip from last year to $3.6 billion.