Li Na Net WorthReal Name: Li Na
Date of Birth: 02/26/1982
Place of Birth: Wuhan, Hubei, China
2017 Net Worth: $40 Million
2016 Earnings: $24 Million
Profession: Professional tennis player
Li Na Biography
Li Na was born in Wuhan, China in February of 1982. Her father was a professional badminton player. Na began playing badminton at 6 years of age but was persuaded by tennis coach Xia Xivao to switch to tennis just before she turned 8. Unfortunately, her teachers used negative reinforcement, which affected her confidence. Na’s father died of a rare type of cardiovascular disease when she was 14. Her mother did not tell her for several weeks, thinking that it would distract her from her tennis game.
Na joined the Chinese National Team when she was 15. She spent slightly less than a year in Texas improving her game, and then she returned to China, going pro in 1999. Na did take some time off from her professional tennis career to complete her college education, receiving a degree in Journalism from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Na has been extremely successful on both the WTA and the ITF tennis circuits, winning 19 ITF tournaments and 7 WTA tournaments. She became the only Chinese player ever to win a Grand Slam Singles event when she won the French Open. Na is one of the highest paid athletes in the world earning $24 million in salary and endorsements.
Na has numerous lucrative endorsement deals including Nike, Samsung, Haagen-Dazs, Babolat, Mercedes Benz, as well as numerous Chinese companies, signing 7 multi-million dollar endorsement deals after her win at the French Open. Na is still doing well in her game despite several injuries and being 32 years of age. She ranked number 2 in the world in February of 2014, after winning the Australian Open.
Na still lives in the town she was born in, Wuhan, China, and has a current net worth of $40 million. Although she announced her retirement in September of 2014 after knee surgery, she might make a return in 2016 after her knee has healed.