'My Base Was At 300K, But Made $3-4 Million': Roddick Speaks On Incentives After US Open Win

'My Base Was At 300K, But Made $3-4 Million': Roddick Speaks On Incentives After US Open Win

by Nurein Ahmed

Andy Roddick recently divulged his financial success after winning his first Grand Slam title at the 2003 US Open.

At the age of 21, Roddick famously reached the World No. 1 ranking in November 2003 after reaching the Paris Masters final. Although his stay at the top of the men's rankings lasted just 13 weeks before Switzerland's Roger Federer rose to prominence to take over.

Nevertheless, the American had a highly successful tennis career, amassing over $20 million in prize money (he ranks in the Top 40 of highest ATP earners) and winning 32 Tour-level titles. In 2017, he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

The 41-year-old recently spoke with veteran journalist Jon Wertheim, who quizzed him on his previous sponsorship deals while he was still playing. Roddick mentions how he went from earning $300,000 from endorsements to cutting multi-million deals after winning the 2003 US Open.

"Okay, simply the base of my deal at that time, and obviously deals are 3x or 4x bigger now. But I'll tell you my first deal, and I'll get some of the things wrong, and hopefully, I don't get in trouble. And if I do, we'll just delete this segment, but my base at 17 was 300k a year. It was a five-year deal."

Roddick, while speaking on Served with Andy Roddick podcast

"After incentives for that US Open '03, I was somewhere at 3-4 million based on incentives kicking in. And then that was less than the per-year deal that I signed with Lacoste a couple of years later."

Roddick retired from professional tennis in September 2012 after losing to Juan Martin del Potro in the fourth round of the US Open. But he's been very active working as an analyst for Tennis Channel and regularly talks on his podcast, Served with Andy Roddick.


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