Novak Djokovic has extended his career ATP prize money purse to record $143.06 million with his Australian Open title triumph. This extends the Serbian’s lead atop the table over second placed Roger Federer.
Williams sisters Serena and Venus are respectively the top two women’s players in the career WTA prize money earning of $92,715,122 and $41,801,056.
Over the years, Tennis players have gained significantly in monetary terms with the four grand slams and the ATP and WTA tours taking place all over the world. While Roger Federer is the only tennis player to have amassed over a billion-dollar, Novak Djokovic has the highest career earning from prize money on the tour.
As many as three men players have earned over 100 million dollars in revenues from tennis and have dominated the game over the past several years while only Serena Williams has been able to get past the 50 million dollar mark among the women.
In the modern era, grand slams are where tennis players cement their legacies. It’s also where they make a significant amount of their money for the year, especially for those who don’t have lucrative endorsement deals.
The 2020 Australian Open had the tournament’s highest purse of all time, though it still won’t break last year’s U.S. Open for the record of highest-paying tennis tournament ever. The Australian Open has had equal prize money for the men’s and women’s tournaments since 2001. Since then, the French Open (2006) and Wimbledon (2007) have also made their payouts equal between the men and women, giving all four grand slams equal prize money.
Insidesport.in brings to you a list of top-5 men and women who gave gained significantly from tennis over the years.
Top 5 Men
Three-time Grand Slam champion from Switzerland has been one of the competitive players to have played the game. Partnered Roger Federer in the Davis Cup, Stan has learned a lot from the great over the years. He is the fifth-highest earner with a career earnings of $34,228,252.
Two-time Wimbledon champion from Great Britain was a powerhouse once and was another athlete to give a fight to the top-three players. Injuries made him cut short his career but that did not make him amass $61,544,007 and be the fourth-highest earner.
The 19-time Grand Slam and 12-time French Open champion, Rafa Nadal has been one of the force to reckon with. Last year he won two of the four slams and over the years the Spaniard has earned $120,583,119 and is the third-highest earner.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion has the most number of slams in the history of the game. Federer has already earned over a billion dollars and is the first tennis player to achieve that feat. Even at the age of 38, he is competing at the highest level and giving everyone a tough fight. Only behind Djokovic, Federer has gained $129,946,683 over the years.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion is at the peak of his game and after a fighting win against Dominic Thiem to clinch his 8th Australian Open title, Djokovic is also back at the number 1 spot. His tennis prowess including the ATP tours has made him amass $143,059,955 and is the highest earner among the tennis fraternity in the history of the game.
Top 5 Women
The former world number 1 and a 2018 Australian Open champion from Denmark has been one of the ladies to earn big in the history of tennis. Over the years she has amassed $35,233,415 and is the fifth-highest earner among the ladies.
The two-time Grand Slam champion from Romania has turned pro at the age of 15 and Halep ever since has won 19 WTA and 6 ITF titles to combine with her grand slams. This has led her to earn $35,852,794 and is the fourth-highest overall earner among the ladies.
The 2012 Olympic silver medalist and five-time Grand Slam champion, Maria Sharapova has a career win percentage of 79%. Despite been banned for a few years, her popularity didn’t go down and she is also the third-highest all-time earner with a figure of $38,777,962.
The 39 years old, Venus Williams from the USA has won 7 singles Grand Slams and 14 double slams in her career. Venus has also won 4 Olympic Gold medals and 49 WTA titles over the years. With a total earning of $41,801,056, she is the second-highest earner and is only behind her sister Serena Williams.
The only women to have earned over $50 million dollars in tennis, Serena Williams has 23 Grand Slam titles and is even far ahead of Roger Federer, who has 20. The powerhouse of tennis also has 4 Olympic Gold Medals and with the career earnings of $92,715,122, Serena is the highest women earner in the history of the game.