Roger Federer has remained the world’s highest earning tennis player, according to the latest sporting rich list released by Forbes Magazine.

While the Swiss player may be fourth in the world rankings, he has remained top of the table when it comes to annual earnings, with the magazine estimating that he has earned $56.5million in the last year.

The 17-time Grand Slam winner sits seventh overall on the list of big names from the world of sport, which is a five place drop from second, wher hee was placed on the list in 2013 with earnings of over $71m.

The 32-year-old was also revealed to be the most read about athlete in the world, according to a study by TIME Magazine that was carried out in May.

Federer will be looking to boost his profile even further when Wimbledon starts next Monday, as he will be aiming to become the first player to win the grass court Grand Slam eight times in the Open Era.

While the seven-time champion may not be heading into the event as the favourite this year, he can take confidence from his tournament victory at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle last week, where he beat Colombian Alejandro Falla in the final to win the title for the seventh time.

American boxer Floyd Mayweather ranked first on the Forbes list with annual earnings of $105m, and he is followed in the top three by Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo in second and Miami Heat basketball player LeBron James in third.

Federer is not the only tennis player to make the top ten, as he sits just two places higher than world number one Rafael Nadal in ninth, with the Spaniard earning $44.5m.

There is a contrast in how both top two tennis players have earned their salary, with Federer earning $4.5m dollars in prize money and $52m dollars in endorsements, while Nadal has earned $14.5m in prize money and $30m in endorsements.

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic was the third male player to make the list at number 17 with $33.1m, while three female players are also in the top 100.

The highest placed of those three is French Open champion Maria Sharapova, with the Russian ranking 34th with $24.4m, followed by Li Na of China in 41st with $18m and American Serena Williams in 55th place with $22m.

Those three were the only women from any sport to make it into the top 100, showcasing the popularity of women’s tennis above other sports in which women participate on a professional level.

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