If you have a daughter who is a talented athlete who wants to earn a living playing sports should she become a professional tennis player or a pro golfer? As you will see below from a money standpoint any young female athlete who wants to earn a living as a pro athlete should clearly choose tennis over golf. And the money stats are not really close.
Of course, if a young girl or women has more ability in golf than she should pursue that but if her ability is close she should clearly choose tennis over golf in order to make a better living. Professional tennis players make far more money than professional golfers do and far more women earn their living by playing tennis than by playing golf. Here’s some money stats from the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) and the LPGA.
Through July 20, 2015, a total of 12 women have already earned over $1 million playing tennis for a living this year. Serena Williams leads that money list and she’s already earned $9.2 million in 2015 with still one more tennis major to play (U.S. Open) plus the money rich WTA Finals in October. In comparison, only five women golfers on the LPGA Tour have earned over $1 million so far in 2015. And the top women golfer in earnings this year is Inbee Park at $1.7 million, which is only 1/5 of the prize money that Serena Williams has earned playing tennis this year.
Clearly at the top end the tennis players earn far more money than the golfers do. The same holds true for middle rung players too. The top 100 players in the WTA have all earned well over $200,000 in the 2015. The 100th ranked player in prize money in tennis is Ana Konjuh from Croatia who has earned $213,088 so far this year.
In comparison, the 100th ranked player on the LPGA Tour in 2015 is Jee Young Lee from South Korea who has earned $48,810 so far this year. That is less than 1/4 of the prize money that the 100th ranked money player in tennis has earned. So far in 2015, only 47 women have earned over $200,000 playing golf for a living vs 203 women who have earned over $200,000 playing tennis this season. That’s over four times more women who have earned over $200,000 playing tennis in 2015 than playing golf.
The money stats for the bottom rung players in tennis and golf are even more clearly in favor of tennis as a better way for women to make a living in sports. The LPGA money stats only go down to 164 players and the 164th player listed is Mallory Blackwelder who has earned just $2,366 playing golf in 2015. The 164th ranked money tennis player this year in the WTA is Yafan Wang from China who has earned $87,532 so far this year.
So the 164th ranked money player in tennis has earned over 36 times the amount of money that the 164th ranked money player on the LPGA Tour has made. To find a women tennis player who has earned just over $2,366 (what the bottom ranked player in golf has earned) we have to go all the way down to Irina Fetecau from Romania who has made $2,369 in 2015 and is ranked at 790 on the women’s money list. That means that almost five times the number of women tennis players have earned what the bottom ranked women golfer in prize money has made so far in 2015.
For any young girl or woman out there who dreams of making a living in sports it’s clear that tennis is a much better option than golf from just a raw money standpoint. Women tennis players earn far more money than women golfers do at all levels of both sports. And far more women make a living playing tennis than playing golf.
As mentioned above, if a young girl or woman has more aptitude in golf than tennis than of course she should pursue golf but if a young girl or woman has equal or near equal athletic ability in the two sports than from a money standpoint she should clearly pursue tennis over golf to make a living.