Despite not having a steady and consistent paycheck, tennis players make a handsome amount from their prize money and brand endorsement deals, of which more than 70% of their earnings can be attributed to brand deals. Owing to that, the world-renowned tennis player and former British number one Heather Watson boasts a sizable net worth of $5 million as of 2023.
The name Heather Watson came across tennis fans all around the world in 2015 after she faced off against the tennis-giant Serena Williams in one of the most famous tennis courts Centre Court in Wimbledon Park, London, UK.
Although Williams was reigning, Heather put on an outstanding performance and presented herself as a serious contender who was capable of winning serious trophies.
In 2022, Heather reached the fourth round at Wimbledon in her 12th attempt defeating Slovenian tennis player Kaja Juvan but unfortunately lost to German player Jule Niemeier in the fourth round.
For more detailed information about the British tennis star Heather Watson, stick with us till the end.
Also, do not forget to check out the quick facts table below.
Heather Watson | Quick Facts
|Full Name||Heather Miriam Watson|
|Known As||Heather Watson|
|Birthdate||May 19, 1992|
|Birthplace||Saint Peter Port, Guernsey, United Kingdom|
|Current Residence||Le Tennis, Maresfield, Sussex, United Kingdom|
|Father’s Name||Ian Watson|
|Mother’s Name||Michelle Watson|
|Siblings||Adam (Older Half Brother), Stephanie (Older Half-Sister), Julie (Older Half-Sister)|
|Ethnicity||Multiracial (English & Papua New Guinean)|
|Education||Melrose Ladies’ College, Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy|
|Age||31 Years Old|
|Height||5 ft. 6 in/167 cm/1.67 m|
|Weight||55 kg/121 lbs.|
|Dress Size||4 US|
|Shoe Size||8 US|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
|Distinctive Features||Pointed Chin & Broad Shoulders|
|Past Affairs||Phil Stephens (2013-2015), Lloyd Glasspool (2016-2018)|
|Profession||Professional Tennis Player|
|Plays||Right-Handed (Two-Handed Backhand)|
|Brand Endorsements||Babolat Racquets, Jaguar UK, Public Desire, Beards Jewelers, New Balance Apparel|
|Net worth||$5 Million|
|First Tennis Match||Canadian ITF Grade 4 Event (October 2005)|
|Favorite Meal of the Day||Lunch|
|Preferred Tennis Surface||Hard|
|Favorite Dessert||Chocolate Cheesecake or Chocolate Lava Cake|
|Favorite Dishes||Steak Tartare and Foie Gras|
|Favorite Clothing||Big, baggy, Off-the-shoulder Jumpers|
|Best Known For||Wimbledon Mixed Doubles title with Henri Kontinen (2016), Commonwealth Youth Games (2008)|
|Style Icons||Serena Williams, Beyonce|
|Social Media||Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Facebook|
|Last Update||June 2023|
Heather Watson | Early Life & Education
The former British No. 1 Heather Watson was born on 19 May 1992 in Saint Peter Port, Guernsey, United Kingdom, to an English father, Ian Watson, and a Papua New Guinean mother, Michelle.
Her father formerly served as the MD of Guernsey Electricity from 1995 until his retirement in 2010.
So given her father’s profession, it is safe to say that Heather, along with her three half-siblings, grew up in an affluent household.
As a kid, she was more into swimming and won medals in butterfly, freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke events.
Heather developed an interest in tennis at a young age and started playing at seven. To advance her tennis skills, she went to the Nick Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida at 12.
As she began competing in junior competitions, her mother, Michelle, had to quit her job in 2008 and travel with her daughter around the world.
Heather did her elementary schooling in her hometown of Guernsey.
After moving to Florida at age twelve, she resumed her studies there at Pendleton High School.
Watson later attended Melrose Ladies College in Saint Peter Port in Guernsey.
Heather Watson | Age, Height, Weight & Workout Regime
Heather Watson is 31 years old as of 2023. And given her birthdate, her star sign is Taurus, known for being down-to-earth, tenacious, reliable, and sensual.
She has an athletic build standing 1.70 meters tall and weighing around 121 lbs.
The tennis star is also known for her beautiful looks beside her outstanding gameplay on the court.
To maintain her curves, she works out every single day. Her daily workout routine is a combination of two hours of fitness training at the gym and four hours of court practice.
Similarly, she incorporates carbs, healthy fats, and protein in her food for her diet. She drinks alcohol only on special occasions.
Heather Watson | Net Worth & Income
The world-renowned tennis star Heather Watson has a net worth of $5 million as of 2023.
Nevertheless, the figure is likely to be speculative as different sources have claimed different figures.
As mentioned before, tennis players make more money in brand deals rather than prize money.
Take, for instance, the legendary tennis player Roger Federer whose net worth is about $550 million currently. Of the total fortune, he earned just about $129 million in prize money and the rest from endorsements.
Our young tennis star Heather also has numerous high-profile brands under her belt that pay her thousands of dollars for promotion.
On 21 July 2011, Watson agreed on a deal to endorse Dunlop.
As per the deal, she used the Dunlop Biomimetic 300 Tour tennis racquet until the contract ended.
Similarly, on May 18, 2012, Heather was announced as the new brand ambassador of international energy company Statoil and its ‘Heroes of Tomorrow’ programme.
Under terms of the personal endorsement agreement, the financial details were not revealed though.
Similarly, she signed a shoe and clothing sponsorship deal with the American brand New Balance.
And after her terms with Dunlop ended, she signed a racquet contract with Babolat.
Aside from these, Heather has promoted several other brands, including Beards Jewellers, Public Desire, SportFX Cosmetics, Mettler London, Jaguar UK, and Pop Up Fitness.
Heather Watson | Cars
The former British number 1 Heather seems to be a car fanatic. As we all know, she is a brand ambassador for Jaguar UK, which means she might have a few of the bad boys sitting in her garage.
Besides that, Watson has been seen driving a couple of Bentleys. As a matter of fact, she has one black and one white Bentayga.
Likewise, Aston Martin and Rolls Royce Cullinan are but a few of the other rides she has.
Expired Insurance & Penalty
In June 2021, tennis star Watson was fined £1,900 (approx. $2,286) after she was caught by police driving her then-boyfriend’s Mercedes without insurance.
She was pulled over for driving a little too fast along Priory Lane in Roehampton.
When the on-duty officer realized Watson was not insured to drive the E-class, she insisted she believed she was covered by an existing policy.
At last, she pleaded guilty and was sentenced in a behind-closed-doors session at Bromley magistrate’s court.
Additionally, she received six points on her license and was ordered to pay £290 ($350) in court fees and costs on top of a £1,900 (approx. $2,286) fine.
Heather Watson | Career
As mentioned before, Heather began playing tennis at the age of 7, and by 12, she was already competing in junior tournaments.
She played her debut match in October 2005 at the Canadian ITF Grade 4 Event.
The following year she won the British Under-14 Championship.
The October same year, Watson went to Pune, India, to compete at the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games, where she won the gold after winning the final against Kyra Shroff.
She began competing on the ITF Women’s Circuit in March 2009.
Heather was seeded 11th for the girls’ singles at the 2009 US Open, where she reached the quarterfinals on September 10th.
Talking about her recent tournaments, Watson started off the 2022 season at the Adelaide International 1 after a tough end to 2021.
Nevertheless, she lost in the first round to an in-form Aussie, Alija Tomljanović.
Likewise, Heather reached the fourth round at Wimbledon in her 12th attempt defeating Slovenian tennis player Kaja Juvan but unfortunately lost to German player Jule Niemeier in the fourth round.
Heather Watson | Boyfriend
As of this writing, Heather Watson is single.
As a matter of fact, she announced her split from her boyfriend, professional soccer forward Courtney Duffus, in May 2022.
She had been in a relationship with Duffus since late 2019.
Prior to that, Watson was in a relationship with fellow tennis player Lloyd Glasspool from 2016 to 2018.
Unknown Facts About Heather Watson
- Heather’s sports idol is professional snooker player Ronnie O’Sullivan.
- If tennis hadn’t worked out, Watson would have been interior designing.
- Watson’s highest ITF Junior ranking was No. 3 in the world.
- She clams herself down by sorting her wardrobe at the time of tension.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)
Does Heather Watson have a coach?
Heather Watson’s coach is Alex Ward.
Did Heather Watson play in the mixed doubles at Wimbledon 2022?
Heather pulled out of the mixed doubles after playing six days in a row with a “knee injury” before her first-ever fourth-round singles match in a Grand Slam.
How many titles has Heather Watson?
So far in her career, Heather has won ten singles titles. This includes four WTA Tour titles and six titles on the ITF Circuit.
Unfortunately, she has not won any major titles yet.