Leylah, one of the richest female athletes on the planet

Leylah, one of the richest female athletes on the planet; te

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A US Open final doesn't change the world, except… Leylah Fernandez's presence in the final game of the tournament last year helped make the Quebecer is the 10th highest paid female athlete on the planet. 

According to a list drawn up by the specialized media Sportico, the 20-year-old player received US$6.4 million (C$8.6 million) between May 2021 and May 2022.

Of this amount, US$4.5 million (about $6 million) comes from sponsors. Sportico lists 10 and most have linked up with the world No. 40 after their final at Flushing Meadows.

Among them are the Canadian sportswear company Lululemon, the American bank Morgan Stanley and the sports drink company Gatorade. Recently, the player from Laval entered into a partnership with lawyers in Mexico.

The remaining US$1.9 million comes from her tournament winnings, and mainly from those obtained in New York last year. past. The finalist's purse was US$1.25 million.

Osaka and Williams dominate

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

The ranking is also dominated by tennis players. They are seven to be among the 10 richest sportswomen. 

  1. Naomi Osaka – tennis – US$53.2 million 
  2. Serena Williams – tennis – US$35.3 million 
  3. Emma Raducanu – tennis – US$26.2 million 
  4. Eileen Gu – freestyle skiing – US$23.1 million 
  5. Simone Biles – gymnastics – US$9 million 
  6. Jing Young Ko – golf – US$8.9 million 
  7. Iga Swiatek – tennis – US$8.3 million 
  8. Coco Gauff – tennis – US$7.7 million 
  9. Ashleigh Barty – tennis – US$7.6 million 
  10. Leylah Fernandez – tennis – US$6.4 million  

Source: Sportico – amounts pocketed between May 2021 and May 2022