The ten tennis players who made the most money in history: in the lead, neither Roger Federer nor Rafael Nadal

The top 10 is made up of both men and women and is led by Novak Djokovic. Juan Martín Del Potro, close to the group of the ten who won the most in the men’s circuit.

Although the coronavirus pandemic forced the organizers of Roland Garros to adjust the prize scale for the 2020 edition – more money was given to the qualifying players and those who fell in the first rounds and less to those who reached final instances -, the best of the Parisian Grand Slam also won juicy prizes. The champions Rafael Nadal, who won his 13th title in the contest and his 20th Grand Slam, and Iga Swiatek pocketed 1,600,000 euros (about 1,890,000 dollars), 700 thousand less than the Spanish achieved with his consecration in 2019. Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic and Sofia Kenin, runners-up, received 850,500 each (just over a million of dollars). With that amount, the Serbian established himself as the player with the most earnings in the history of tennis, if money is talked about.

Djokovic, who has accumulated some $ 145 million For his performances in tournaments, he leads that statistic, which has the same number of men as women in the top 10. Behind the number one, Roger Federer and Nadal, the three most winners, appears the American Serena Williams, champion of 23 Grand Slams. And then there are the Scotsman Andy Murray, the Americans Pete Sampras and Venus Williams, the Russian Maria Sharapova, the Romanian Simona Halep, current number two in the WTA, and the Danish Caroline Wozniacki.

The top ten ATP winners also include Stan Wawrinka from Switzerland ($ 34.47,287); the Spanish David Ferrer (31,483,911); the American Andre Agassi (31,152,975); the Czech Tomas Berdych (29,491,328) and the Croatian Marin Cilic (28,193,863). Despite the long absences caused by his various injuries, Juan Martín Del Potro is close to that group. The 2009 US Open champion from Tandil is 12th with earnings of 25,889,586, one notch below Austrian Dominic Thiem, winner a few weeks ago at Flushing Meadows, who accumulates $ 27,247,047.

The top 10 for women is completed by Czech Petra Kvitova (32,572,604); the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka (32,314,888); Germany’s Angelique Kerber (29,853,978); the polish Agnieszka Radwanska (27,683,807); and the russian Svetlana Kuznetsova (25,483,600). The best Argentine is Gabriela Sabatini, winner in New York in 1990, who earned $ 8,787,850 in her career and is 61st.

The Serbian, number one in the world, has won 81 titles throughout his professional career, which began in 2003. He was crowned champion in 17 Grand Slams: eight Australian Open, one Roland Garros, five Wimbledon and three US Open. He is the maximum winner in history in Masters 1000, with 36 trophies. And he won five titles at the season-ending Masters.

This year he won four titles, in Melbourne, Dubai, Cincinnati and Rome; and was a finalist last week in Paris. With a record of 37 wins and just two losses, he has earned $ 5,926,959 in prize money this season.

Professional since 1998, the Swiss has accumulated 103 titles, including 20 Grand Slam – a historical record that he has shared with his friend and rival Nadal since Sunday -, 28 Masters 1000 and six “Maestro” trophies. He also played 54 other finals.

Without much activity this season – he played only the Australian Open (he was a semifinalist) and during the stoppage due to coronavirus he operated on his right knee and ended his year – he still managed to keep second place in the list of tennis players with the most awards. Of course, like many of his colleagues on the circuit, he also pockets much more per year in terms of sponsors and contracts with companies and brands he represents.

With his consecration at Roland Garros, where he won his 13th title in 15 presentations and ratified an unprecedented dominance in a Grand Slam, the Spaniard took his 2020 earnings to $ 3,278,577. This season he was also crowned at the Acapulco tournament and was a finalist in Melbourne in January.

Winner of 86 professional trophies -20 Grand Slam and 35 Masters 1,000-, at age 34 Rafa He’s not far from stealing second place in the ranking of players with the most awards from Federer, who at 38 is enjoying the last years of his career.

The former world number one is the first woman on the list. And despite having won more Grand Slams than Federer, Nadal or Djokovic, his winnings are far lower than those of his colleagues on the men’s circuit. Serena has conquered 23 “greats” in singles – she is one of the record 24 of Margaret Court– and a total of 73 tournaments, since he made his professional debut in 1995.

In recent seasons she suffered with some ups and downs and injuries and since she returned to the circuit after giving birth to her daughter Olympia in September 2017, she only won a title, in Auckland, in January this year. At Grand Slams, she was a finalist twice at Wimbledon and twice at the US Open, in 2018 and 2019. However, she remains the highest-earning player in history by a wide margin.

The top 5 is completed by the Scotsman, another former number one and Grand Slam champion. Winner of the US Open in 2012 and Wimbledon in 2013 and 2016, the Briton has a total of 46 titles. These include 14 Masters 1000s and a London Masters trophy.

This season, in which he continues to fight to regain his best level after the hip replacement operation he underwent last year, he has played just three tournaments: Cincinnati, Flushing Meadows and Roland Garros, with the round of 16 of the Masters 1000 as best result. Thus, who is today 115 ° in the ATP ranking reaped “just” $ 243,018 in prizes.

Sampras is the first retired player on this list. A professional between 1988 and 2003, the American became the top Grand Slam winner in history in 1999, winning his 13th “big” at Wimbledon, a mark he later expanded to 14 at the 2002 US Open. He held the record – shared with Federer since the end of 2007 – until 2008, when also on the London lawn, the Swiss reached 15 consecrations and dethroned him.

Throughout his career he achieved 64 titles, including eleven Masters 1000s (formerly Masters Series) and five “Maestro” trophies. And he is the player who most times finished a season at the top of the world ranking, which he achieved six times, in a row, between 1993 and 1998.


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