Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have earned huge money by playing in just one season of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL). The amount they have earned surpasses what Indian cricket One Day International (ODI) captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Test captain Virat Kohli earns per season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
This has broken any perception which stated that Indian cricketers are the highest paid sportspersons across the eight domestic leagues of the country. A document titled “Indian Sports Report 2016” has claimed the fact, as reported by dnaindia.com.
Another interesting point released in the document is that Pro Wrestling League (PWL) is the most watched league in the country in terms of TRP ratings. Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) is also viewed by more audiences than the IPL.
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Federer and Nadal earn the most for playing in the IPTL. Each of them earns in the region of $3.9 million. This sum is equal to what all the players within the Hockey India League (HIL) earn. The IPTL pays around $816,750 as an average salary to its players.
Federer may not be No. 1 in ATP rankings at the moment, but that doesn’t stop him from earning big money. It also doesn’t stop other tennis legends calling him the greatest.
Serena Williams, who bumped into Federer at the Vanity Fair Oscar party, mentioned that the Swiss legend is “the greatest” of all time, as reported by Forbes.
“No, no, you are the greatest.” Federer was kind enough to reply.
It has to be noted that the Swiss tennis master clinched the last of his 17 grand slam titles back in 2012, at Wimbledon.
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