Gilles Muller of Luxembourg is trying to do something he has never done before: Win a Grand Slam title.
What looked as if it would be an impossibility heading into the 2017 Wimbledon tennis tournament appears it may have a realistic shot of occurring. That became clear after he played a stellar match against Rafael Nadal of Spain, winning in five entertaining sets.
Although he hasn’t won a lot of professional tournaments in his career, which spans over 16 years, Muller has already made a hefty amount of money and will look to add more with his performance at Wimbledon
Here’s what you need to know about Muller’s net worth:
1. Muller’s Net Worth Is Estimated to Be Almost $10 Million
According to FinApp.co.in, Muller’s current 2017 net worth is somewhere around $8 million.
The website said that because of his growing success on the court, his net worth increased an eye-popping 142 percent recently.
The website says that he has an annual income of $1.6 million paired with $3 million in personal investments. That’s in addition to two luxury cars he reportedly owns that total about $800,000 combined.
Muller owns an Audi and a Mercedes S-Class, the website said, adding that his home in Luxembourg is valued at almost $2 million. Muller, who was born and raised in Schifflange, now resides in Leudelange with his family and has an estimated $1.8 million value on his real estate property.
2. During His Career, He’s Earned Almost $5 Million in Prize Money
Muller’s biography on ATPWorldTour.com says that the tennis player, who was ranked No. 26 in the world as of July 12, has made an astounding $4,835,420 on the professional tennis tour thus far.
In 2017 alone — through six months of the year — Muller had made $668,444 in prize money while going 23-12 in matches.
In 2001, the year that Muller turned professional, he reached the semifinals at an ATP event in Atlanta. For his success his first year as a pro, he earned $354,421.
3. Muller Is Sponsored by an Athletic Clothing Company
Obviously, Muller’s earnings on the tennis court aren’t his only source of income. As it is with most athletes, sponsorships provide a huge sum of money.
Muller, a left-handed player who stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 202 pounds, is sponsored by Sergio Tacchini.
The clothing company has sponsored many other tennis players who have a rich history. That list includes John McEnroe, Gabriela Sabatini, Pete Sampras, Martina Hingi and Goran Ivanisevic.
There’s no word on how much the sponsorship deal is worth.
4. Muller Won His First ATP Title in January
Muller’s first-ever ATP title came at the organization’s APIA International Sydney in January 2017. He celebrated with tears streaming down his face with his family at his side.
Muller won the tournament by defeating Brit Dan Evans, 7-6(5), 6-2, in the finals. Before that, he was 0-5 in ATP World Tour finals.
“It means a lot. Like you can see, I was pretty emotional out there on the court,” Muller said to ATPWorldTour.com. “For the past two or three years, it was probably my biggest goal to win a title. I always dreamed of that, and I was so close last year… So I was very scared and worried that I was going to be one of those players who never win a title. Now I have it, and it just feels great.”
As a result of the victory, he earned 250 Emirates ATP Ranking Points, which helped push him to No. 26. But of course, that’s not it. He won $77,980 for coming out on top in the tournament.
5. He Has a Chance at a Chunk of a Massive Purse at Wimbledon
Though he’s still got a long way to go until all is complete, the fact Muller is in the field gives him an opportunity to win one of the richest purses in all of pro tennis.
The 2017 Wimbledon tennis tournament boasts a total purse of 31.6 British pounds, or about $40 million USD. If Muller can pull it off and become champion, he would pocket 2.2 million pounds ($2,826,780). That’s a massive payday.
Even if he were to advance to the final and lose, he’d still walk away with 1.1 million pounds ($1.4 million). For defeating Nadal and advancing to the quarterfinal, Muller will at least earn 275,000 pounds ($353,347).
Any way you slice it up, Muller is looking at a huge payday no matter where he finishes in the tournament.