Leylah among the richest

Leylah among the richest

A final at the US Open doesn’t change the world, except… Leylah Fernandez’s presence in the final match of the tournament last year helped make the Quebecois the 10th highest-paid female athlete on the planet.

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According to a list compiled by specialized media Sports and released on Thursday, the 20-year-old earned US$6.4 million (CA$8.6 million) between May 2021 and May 2022.

Of this amount, US$4.5 million (approximately C$6 million) comes from sponsors. Sports he lists 10 with the majority associated with World No. 40 after his finish at Flushing Meadows.

Among them are the Canadian sportswear company Lululemon, the American bank Morgan Stanley, the sports drink company Gatorade and the underwater giant Subway.


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Photo taken from his Instagram account.

Since May, the player from Laval has also established a partnership with Abogados de México. He is also one of the faces of the BonLook eyewear company, headquartered in Montreal.


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Photo taken from his Instagram account.

The remaining $1.9 million comes from his tournament winnings, mostly from New York last year. The runner-up’s purse was $1.25 million.

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In a recent interview with TrunkLeylah’s father and coach, Jorge Fernández, had recognized that this greater interest of the sponsors in the young athlete had freed them from their “financial nightmare”.

But this new reality is also a challenge for the family, which must come to terms with the multiple demands of their partners.

“It’s rarely an hour-long affair,” Fernandez said of filming the commercials and photo shoots her daughter must attend. Many times it is a story of several days and that takes us away from our training plan. »


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Photo taken from his Instagram account.

“So I try to limit the allotted time to 24 hours and then we go back to work,” he added. It’s something we learned, because we don’t have a book that tells us how to do it. »

still far from men

If Leylah quickly made a fortune with her tennis, she is still far from the two highest-paid athletes on this list: Japan’s Naomi Osaka ($53.2 million US, including $52 million earned off the court) and American Serena Williams. ($35.3 million, including $35 million in endorsements).

All of these players are also a long way from having as full a bank account as their male counterparts. All genders combined, Osaka is ranked 20th on the list of highest-paid athletes. Williams ranks 52nd and Fernandez ranks outside the top 1,000.

Basketball player LeBron James is the athlete who earned the most money in the same period, according to Sports. The face of the Los Angeles Lakers pocketed $126.9 million, including $90 million in endorsements.

The followers of the yellow ball dominate

The ranking of the richest female athletes is dominated by female tennis players. There are seven to be among the 10 richest athletes.

Like Leylah Fernández, most of them got most of their money from their business partnerships. This is the case of Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams, who have played very little in the last two years.

Furthermore, based solely on the amounts obtained thanks to the sponsors, the Québécois also ranks 10th on this list.

1. Naomi Osaka, JPN | tennis $53.2 million ($52 million in endorsements)

2.Serena Williams, United States | tennis $35.3 million ($35 million in endorsements)

3. Emma Raducanu, RGB | tennis $26.2 million ($23 million in endorsements)

4. Eileen Gu, United States | freestyle skiing $23.1 million ($23 million in endorsements)

5. Simone Biles, United States | gymnastics $9M ($9M in sponsorships)

6. Jing Young Ko, K.O.R. | golf $8.9 million ($4.7 million in endorsements)

7. Iga Swiatek, POL | tennis $8.3 million ($2.5 million in endorsements)

8.Coco Gauff, United States | tennis $7.7 million ($6 million in endorsements)

9.Ashleigh Barty, EN | tennis $7.6 million ($2.5 million in endorsements)

10. Leylah Fernandez, CAN | tennis $6.4M ($4.5M in endorsements)

11.Alex Morgan, United States | football $5.9 million ($5.5 million in endorsements)

11.Megan Rapinoe, United States | football $5.9 million ($5.5 million in endorsements)

13. Nelly Korda, United States | golf $5.7 million ($1.7 million in endorsements)

13. Garbiñe Muguruza, ESP | tennis $5.7 million ($3.5 million in endorsements)

15. Lexi Thompson, United States | golf $5.5M ($4M in sponsorships)

* US dollar amounts pocketed between May 2021 and May 2022

Source: Sports


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