Did Rafael Nadal Make Almost $10 Million For Playing One Week of Tennis In South America?
by Tom Gainey | December 1st, 2013, 4:05 pm
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According to Swiss news agency Blick, Rafael Nadal collected close to $10 million dollars for playing a one week exhibition circuit down in South America last month.

Nadal’s South American series took him to Lima, Peru (v. Ferrer), Chile (v. Djokovic) and Buenos Aires (v. Nalbanian, v. Djokovic).

Nadal’s $10M haul for playing four matches compares very favorably to what he earned by playing in 82 matches and winning 10 titles on the ATP Tour which awarded him just over $14.5M.

Before heading to South America, Nadal also participated in a free exo for Richard Branson in Necker Island.

Last year Federer went down to South America and reportedly returned $12M richer from the trip.


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57 Comments for Did Rafael Nadal Make Almost $10 Million For Playing One Week of Tennis In South America?

Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

LOL Another thread about Rafa,seriously though thats an absolutely obscene amount of money.


Nick B Says:

True, it’s alot of money but that money has to go to his entire team, so I’m sure Rafa sees quite a bit less than that.


Okiegal Says:

@Chic

He lost a lot of money during his few months off…the guy had to make up for lost time, so what would be better than to go to South America and get some play on the red stuff…..brilliant move, but whoever said he was dumb??

Two more New threads for our ever so popular Rafa!!


Hawkeye Says:

Nice cash haul for Rafa!

What about poor Novak???

Vamos!!!


Ben Pronin Says:

Fascinating. So these guys who invite just a few top players to play a half-baked match can shell out as much money as the number 1 player can make in the entire year. Is Nadal’s 14.5 million the record so far? I don’t feel like checking but I wouldn’t be surprised.

It’s a little pathetic and quite a shame. That tennis is unable to bring in more money is quite a travesty.


skeezer Says:

Yes a shame and a scam.
Bringing in more $ in exhos, underwear, gambling, crackers?
A Travesty for tennis. Guess that Tennis doesn’t pay enough, or the greed of top players not #1 is over the top.
Maybe they should try focusing on being #1, thats where tje payoff truy is. All else follows….


Hawkeye Says:

http://www.forbes.com/athletes/#page:1_sort:4_direction:desc_search:

Roger and Tiger at the top of the endorsements in 2012. Co-GOATS in that category.

Rafa 10th just behind Shazza. Nole 4th highest in tennis endorsements.

Hoover it all in!

Vamos!


Sean Randall Says:

More reason for the top players like Rafa and Federer to push for a shorter off season. More money, less work, happiness for all!

And let’s not lose sight of the “fact” that NONE of this 10 mill goes into Rafa’s pocket. It ALL goes to his charity/foundation.

lg, zablong, cmac324, Peter and I’m sure I missed a few other posters said as much on the other thread (so it must be true).


skeezer Says:

@Sean
ROFL!


Humble Rafa Says:

I don’t line up my pocket like a certain player. I “care” for those struggling, I mean this with all my heart.


Sean Randall Says:

^^^ Very generous of you to let Nalbandian get a last win.


skeezer Says:

Humble Rafa no match for Sean, lol.
#backtocomedyschool


Perfect fan Says:

Rafa this year has completely took me by surprise, not by making such an unbelievable comeback but by playing almost a full season from onwards the clay season…and then his decision to play exos towards the end of season.

Moreover, he’s gonna play abu dhabi exo, then DOHA b4 taking on the RL Arena at AO. I m really concerned abt his knees now….I rly hope that they dnt betray him in 2014. But i think nole in 2014 is going to be a diff animal (esp in AO) and watch out for muzza too….MUZZA REVISITED!!

TBH I m concerned for fed till the QTRs at AO….as he looked shaky to me in his last couple of GSs. Once he reaches Qtrs, i think he’ll be inspired to do well. Confidence will be the key for him in 2014….shot making is still there and i think if he regained his lost confidence, his movement will also reboot.

And i also hope that Delpo (my another fav) start making some noise at the GSs now.


EleanorK Says:

I think the biggest beneficiary of this tour was Fundacion Rafa Nadal which raises money for disadvantaged children in Spain and India.


queen Says:

You people start counting your own money. Who doesn’t want to work less and make more??? Bunch of hypocrits that what you r. Sean Randall should not be paid at all for the cr@p he writes but I bet he makes a good buck.


Alexandra Says:

Again the focus on the money. What is that about? Are we supposed to be jealous because we don’t earn that much. Plus half of that money goes to Rafa’s country by taxes. So he didn’t really earn 10 millions. Plus, I don’t see any complaints about Serena playing exos. I’m sure she has more money than she will ever need as well. The point is that people are willing to pay that amount of money.


hawkeye Says:

Supply and demand baby!

Vamos!


queen Says:

How much money did Djokovic make?? Nobody counted? How much Serena made??? Nobody counted? How about Fed’s charitable earnings?? Nobody counted?? Idiots…


Giles Says:

Does fed pay taxes? Don’t think so. Does joker pay taxes? I would think not being a resident in Monte Carlo. Does Rafa pay taxes? YES!! So, after expenses and taxes the figures are not as astronomical as Sean is trying to convey!


Giles Says:

^^^ Sorry, not Sean, Tom Gainey.


cmac324 Says:

and that money went to his charitable foundation.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

As i said at the top of the thread its an obscene amout of money,and Rafa already has an obscene amount of money,so i hope it is soley for the benifit of his foundation.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Have to say though,i just hate the idea of celebrities promoting charities,ive said it about both Roger and Novak,and im also mentioning here on a Rafa thread also, just to prove im not some biased Rafa fan who has double standards blahdy blah,and i will say its all a worthy cause for the greater good of mankind blahdy blah,i just dont see why we have to make such an issue about it,especially when millions of people give to charity everyday,without any recognition or fuss whatsoever.


Giles Says:

@alison. What Rafa does with his earnings is nobody’s business but his. He works very hard for every $ he earns as do the other players. “And Rafa already has an obscene amount of money”. Oh really? And how about fed and joker and Murray? How would you describe the money they rake in?
Obscene or not obscene? These guys put in hours and hours of work each day which maybe you are unaware of. And what of the footballers and golfers etc? Do you have any idea how much money they earn? Google it sometime.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Giles indeed they all earn an obscene amount of money for exhos or otherwise,the same with footballers and you dont hear me denying it either,thats why i was saying how nice it was that its benifitting his foundation,and how nice it is that they are giving something back,sports personalities,tennis players or otherwise work hard,however i dont know that they work any harder than you or i or joe public,i just think its a bit OTT at times,although when its for a good cause then kudos to them for that.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

And also as a fan of Rafa and the love of tennis what Rafa and other players earn is my buisness as much as anybody elses buisness,when a player divuges what they earn then they have made it my buisness,they chose to do this,so they are in the public eye,and are all fair game,for anyone of us to critique them as and when we see fit.


Steve 27 Says:

The author forgets that we live in the culture of spectacle and any attempt to create or open wounds snooping on ordinary people is unconscionable. Before you criticize someone, you should look in the mirror and think if we do something for the society in which we live. Anythinh else is hypocrisy.


Giles Says:

@alison. Read my post again please. If as you say you want to make it your business to be in the loop regarding players’ earnings you are not entitled to have a say in how they spend their money be it for charitable purposes or otherwise.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Giles your quite right i have no buisness in how they spend their money,but its as i said celebrities and charities are noteworthy but i just hate the back scratching that goes with it.


hawkeye Says:

Giles Says:
^^^ Sorry, not Sean, Tom Gainey.

Yo Tom Gainey, I’m really happy for you an’ Imma let you finish, but Sean is one of the biggest fedfan fanboys OF ALL TIME!!!!


mem Says:

skeezer,

i don’t recall you whining when roger was raking in the dough. hypocrite!

way to go rafa! that’s what im talking about, think smart, be clever. replenish your bank account. you deserve it for taking years of crap for being an extraordinary person and player. what’s good for roger is good for you! power to you, sweet, sweet rafa! God bless you!


Ben Pronin Says:

I feel like we’re all overlooking the real issue here. Why is it possible for Nadal to make $10 million by playing exhibitions while he made the same amount in prize money in 2010 after winning 3 slams and 4 Masters?

This year he won 2 slams and 5 Masters and won over 14 million (which is the record, I checked). So prize money has increased, but still. It’s a little ridiculous.


Hawkeye Says:

If you look at the forbes list, it is more the norm than the exception that the highest paid athletes in any sport is because of significantly higher endorsements, the obvious exception being NFL football.

Nothing new. Business as usual. Supply and demand.

Vamos!


skeezer Says:

mem,
calling posters hypocrites is nothing new from u. Nor saying the kettle black thingy. Really is that all u got?

@Ben
I also didn’t get an answer why Rafa is possibly jeopordizing his health( you know, those chronic knees he took 7 mos off to recover )by playing a lot of exhos when he himself has been quaoed about how the HC season takes a toll on the body. And why does Fed play all those exhos? Maybe cause he hasn’t had to take an extended anount of time off ( twice in Rafa’s career. )
Whatever. His decision right? Let’s wait and see….


skeezer Says:

^quaoed=quoted


Ben Pronin Says:

I don’t care that Nadal is being dumb with his schedule, it’s his MO.

Hawkeye, yeah but even bench players in the NBA make millions. I get the top guys making more from endorsements, but why is the entire calendar barely enough to compensate the top guys?


hawkeye Says:

Two reasons compared to other sports Ben.

Unions and revenue.


skeezer Says:

“I don’t care that Nadal is being dumb with his schedule, it’s his MO”
Agree, in the end dot care that much either…but….. the “dumb” point you make could be questioned as the ever vamos head favorite quote……. “hypocrite”? No?


Giles Says:

And here we have the federazzi showing pretentious concern for Rafa’s knees and Rafa’s schedule. Give it up already! You types should be more worried and concerned about your ole man, for example, how many 250 events will he win in 2014? He won one in 2013 right?


skeezer Says:

^hypocrite!


hawkeye Says:

^^^^ Irony at it’s finest, no?

BadBackRules

Hilarious

Vamos!


Alexandra Says:

Everyone knows sport (tennis included) is big business these days. Like was said above about the forbes list, those who lead that list do it with their endorsement money. And tennis players aren’t even that high on the list (Fed obviously has been all those years, Rafa climbed up the list the last years, Sharapova as well). If they keep the money or take it for their foundation is their decision. As long as they do something for other people at all, it’s fine for me. No matter who it is.


hawkeye Says:

They’ve earned it through incredible hard work and dedication.


Ben Pronin Says:

But what I don’t get is that there’s clearly money for tennis. Otherwise we wouldn’t see Nadal and Federer rake in 10+ million just for exhibitions. I get that 250s and 500s are never going to be generating millions and millions, but what about slams and masters? Is this glacier exo really more valuable than the US Open? Is New York not a good enough venue? I really don’t get it.


hawkeye Says:

No but I guess what is missing from the equation is how much the majors rake in. I still believe that a disproportionate amount is being kept by the Major tournaments and the bigger 1000 levels.


hawkeye Says:

Whereas the exhos have to pay out the big bucks to make it happen for just an exho so that may be an indication that the tournament owners are hoarding an unbalanced amount of the revenue share.

I’ll blame the players for this because they need an organized union.


Rafaone Says:

Blah! Blah!! Blah!!!

We are all just idle because this is the off season for tennis. 2014 be here already so that people can have real competition to jab each other about.

Love you Rafa!


Giles Says:

For those that have access, Rafa is going to be on Golfing World tonight at 10.30 on Sky Sports 3 and then again at 1 and 2 am on Sky Sports 4.


Michael Says:

His celebrity status commands such money. He deserves every penny of what he earns.


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Michael I dont agree,i already think they earn enough money as it is,its completely OTT,Rafa and Roger etc been celebrities does not make them gods that are any better than you or i,or joe public,what about people struggling to make ends meet,or are starving,i would say any of them deserve alot more than the cards that they are unfortunatly dealt,a damn sight more than some tennis players or footballers,unfortunatly some of us dont get what we deserve,and others get way too much,but hell thats life i suppose as Frank Sinatra would say.


WTF Says:

$2.5 million per match? Everyone should be doing this.


WTF Says:

Anyone know how many times he played Djokovic and what was the score?


hawkeye Says:

For those that command that kind of money, they do do this.

Currently there are only two. In other words, fedal still matters no matter who says otherwise.

They played twice. Nole “won” the first in two sets and Rafa “won” the second. Scores and who won doesn’t matter in exhos.


James Says:

@WTF, 2ice

1st in Chile – Djokovic won 7-6(3), 6-4

2nd in Argentina – Nadal won 6-4, 7-5


Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

James almost mirror scorelines then.


WTF Says:

James, were they playing seriously, or joking around for a bit of fun?


James Says:

@WTF & TXHC, sorry for replying late.

The matches between Djokovic and Nadal in SA weren’t played that seriously. They were joking around, Novak almost touched the net at one point and they both had a laugh over it.

They did play some a few games seriously though. They both seemed to enjoy it so much, and looked like good friends.

Check out some pics from the SA exhos:

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=483759

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