Roger Federer, who has earned a staggering 61 million dollars only in disclosed career prizemoney before the age of 30, said he was embarrassed by the fabulous riches he has amassed.
AFP - Roger Federer says he is embarrassed by the fabulous riches he has amassed as the greatest Grand Slam winner in men's tennis.
The Swiss great has earned a phenomenal 61 million US dollars in disclosed career prizemoney and is estimated to have a net worth at between 100 and 160 million dollars -- and all before the age of 30.
The 16-time Grand Slam champion was asked after his straight-sets win over Belgian Xavier Malisse at the Australian Open on Friday whether he was embarrassed by the immense amount of money he has made out of tennis.
"Yeah, sure. I never expected myself to earn so much money," Federer said.
"This is where I always thank the older (tennis) generation for all their hard work where prize money wasn't so high yet, but they were doing it basically for the love of the game because that's what it was.
"I like the history of the game, and this is why also I respect all the legends so much.
"The platform we have today is incredible. I didn't start playing tennis to make a living out of it.
"It was just more living a dream, trying, because you knew, okay, you could make a bit of money. Maybe that could help you travel, and then you go from there."
Federer, who supports disadvantaged children in Africa and South America through his foundation, said he realises how lucky he is through tennis.
He was also asked at his press conference where he invested all his tennis earnings.
"What do you expect what a Swiss guy would say?" he laughed.
"We put it in the banks, yes, that's what we do. And we sit on top of it. Then we'll see later on what we do with it.
"I'm not going to tell you, no. Sorry."
Date created : 2011-01-21