Latvian tennis star Jelena Ostapenko is a multimillionaire but she is smart with her money as she acknowledged that her tennis career won't last forever. Ostapenko, who captured her maiden Grand Slam title at the 2017 French Open, has earned $10,718,626 in prize money so far in her career, according to the WTA Tour website.
While Ostapenko is making good money, she wants to find ways to make smart investments so she is financially stable once she is done playing tennis. “You always have to think about the future – which I don’t like so much.
I like to live in the moment, try to enjoy it as much as possible. I hope I’m always going to earn a lot of money, but of course you have to think about how you’re going to do it," Ostapenko said, per Tennis Up To Date.
“Your tennis career is not going to be forever. You have to try to earn as much as possible while playing. Of course it’s very important to secure the future. You must invest money somewhere, so it can earn more. Your money has to work for you – just like you work for it”.
Ostapenko beaten in the Madrid first round
Ostapenko, who won Dubai in February and reached the Doha semifinal in the following week, has been playing poorly over the last two months. On Thursday, Ostapenko picked up her fourth consecutive defeat after losing to Ekaterina Alexandrova in the Madrid first round.
Alexandrova, ranked at No. 45 in the world, overcame Ostapenko in three sets 6-2 4-6 6-4 in the Madrid first round. However, it should be noted that Madrid was Ostapenko's first clay tournament of the year. Ostapenko will now be hoping to play better in Rome and end her four-match losing streak. Ostapenko had a great February but then went without a single win in March and April.