Roger Federer Becomes Number 1 Prize Money Earner in Individual Sports
Current World Number two and 19-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer has become the top prize money earner in individual sports surpassing Golfer Tiger Woods. Federer achieved the feat when he defeated Alexander Zverev in the group match of ATP World Tour Finals. With this win in London on Tuesday took his prize money to $110,235,682. Federer surpassed Tiger Woods’s earning of $110,061,012 in prize money. However, unlike the Swiss master, Woods’ earning has now stalled since his struggles in his personal life.
Federer is regarded as one of greatest of all time in Tennis. He was inducted in the ATP World Tour in 1998 and has ruled the Tennis court since then. He was ranked in the top ten in the World from October 2002 until November 2016. Federer had one of his most successful years in 2017 winning the Australian Open after a break of six months and then earned his eighth Wimbledon title.
Currently ranked World Number 2, he has ended the year in the top 2 for a record 11 times. The 36 year Tennis maestro has won 95 tournaments in all since his debut year in 1998 which include 19 Grand Slam titles. He has won the Australian Open for five times, French Open one time, Wimbledon for a record eight times and won the US Open five consecutive times.
Federer won his first Grand Slam title in 2003 beating Mark Philippoussis in the finals of the Wimbledon. Federer has held the number one spot for a record total of 302 weeks which include 237 weeks in a row.
Federer is currently playing in the ATP World Tour Finals and will play against Marin Cilic on Thursday.
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