Teen tennis champion Emma Raducanu is ready to obtain $2.5 million from her record-breaking U.S. Open victory — a sum greater than eight instances her earlier profession earnings.
The 18-year-old highschool graduate wowed audiences over the weekend when she beat Leylah Fernandez to declare the U.S. Open ladies’s singles title, changing into the primary qualifier ever to accomplish that.
In doing so, she not solely turned the primary British lady to earn the Grand Slam title in additional than 40 years, but additionally the youngest winner since Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon in 2004.
Raducanu’s $2.5 million prize money is considerably greater than the $303,000 she has to date earned in her profession.
But that’s unlikely to be the top of it.
Aside from future competitors earnings, Raducanu, who’s of Chinese-Romanian heritage, can also be in line for a string of profitable sponsorship offers and endorsements, specialists say.
“Emma’s age, she’s Generation Z, her dual heritage, her growing profile and the global platform she’s on means big things are ahead for her,” Simon Chadwick from the Emlyon Business School instructed BBC 5 stay.
Already featured in Vogue’s October issue and with a number of sponsorships below her belt, Raducanu may have the likes of Nike and Adidas “fighting over her,” mentioned Chadwick.
Sporting careers could be very financially rewarding for these on the high of their recreation. For feminine athletes, tennis is particularly profitable, with 9 of the world’s highest-paid feminine athletes being ladies, according to Forbes.
23-year-old Naomi Osaka at the moment ranks because the world’s highest-paid feminine athlete, with complete earnings standing at $37.4 million. Of that, some $34 million is estimated to be from endorsements — a whopping 10 instances her complete prize cash earnings.
Based on Osaka’s benchmark, Raducanu’s potential earnings could possibly be enormous.
However, the younger athlete has to date been humble about her success, saying shortly after her win that she would use her prize cash to deal with herself to a pair of Apple AirPods.
“I think I’m going to (buy them) before I leave New York, for sure,” Raducanu instructed Good Morning America Monday.
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