American tennis star Jessica Pegula has been named to Forbes' prestigious "30 Under 30" list, which recognizes exceptional individuals under the age of 30 who are making a significant impact in their fields. Pegula, who is currently ranked fifth in the world in singles and third in doubles, was honored for her impressive achievements on the court as well as her commitment to promoting equality in sport.
Pegula has long been known for her determination to build her own success, despite her family's vast wealth. Her parents, Terence and Kim Pegula, are billionaires who own two major sports franchises in Buffalo, New York: the Buffalo Bills of the NFL and the Buffalo Sabers of the NHL.
However, Jessica was always driven to achieve her goals and her hard work and dedication paid off. "Jessica can now depend more on her own success," explains Forbes of his choice of the tennis player who, when the size of her inheritance is added to her earnings, is probably the richest athlete in the world.
In recent years, Pegula has emerged as one of the best players in the world. She has won multiple singles and doubles titles, including the prestigious Canadian Open in 2023. She has also reached the quarterfinals of all four Grand Slam tournaments.
"I always believed that I could achieve success, but with a lot of effort," said the American. "Four years ago, I decided to do my best to succeed, but on the other hand, I wasn't always sure that it would happen."
Equalization of earnings with men
In addition to his achievements on the court, Pegula is also a vocal advocate for equality in tennis.
She is a member of the Women's Tennis Council on the WTA Tour and is also a board member of the Asia-American-Pacific Tennis Association. Pegula is passionate about ensuring that all players have the opportunity to succeed, regardless of their background or gender.
"The goal is to move towards greater equality in earnings in the coming year", she explains that despite her enormous wealth, she still wants to take care of her colleagues. "Changes in the tournament structure are already being prepared in that direction.
I hope that already in 2024 we will see progress, that we will have more tournaments with equal prize funds". She is an inspiration to young athletes everywhere and will surely continue to make a difference for years to come.