Novak Djokovic’s astonishing ATP Finals prize money revealed as he reaches new cash milestone

Kevin Palmer
Novak Djokovic looks on at the 2023 ATP Finals
Novak Djokovic gestures at the 2023 ATP Finals

Novak Djokovic swept up the biggest pay cheque at the ATP Finals once again in 2023 – and now he is closing in on a staggering prize money breakthrough.

The world No 1 confirmed he is still the man to beat in tennis after his thrilling victory over Carlos Alcaraz in the semi-finals in Tuirn was backed up by a victory in the Final against Italian favourite Jannik Sinner.

Djokovic admitted the prize of claiming the year-end world No 1 title was his chief goal heading into the ATP Finals, but he got his mind set on winning another title once he was faced with the prospect of playing Alcaraz and Sinner in his final two matches.

The Serbian maestro had already secured an extended run at the top of the world rankings and he has started his 400th week as the world’s best player as a result of his dominant form in 2023.

The winning tennis served up by Djokovic has already ensured the cash has continued to roll in for the most successful player of all-time.

Djokovic has won a mind-blowing $15,936,097 from the 13 tournaments he has entered this year, with the 24-time Grand Slam-winning legend losing just six matches all year in ATP Tour events.

His total prize money from his ATP Finals win was $4,411,000 and that took his total prize money winnings for 2023, with his overall total moving to a remarkable $180,643,353.

Djokovic now looks certain to be the first player to move beyond the $200,000,000 prize money mark, but he has always insisted cash incentives are no longer inspiring him to continue in the sport.

He quoted his footballer friend Zlatan Ibrahimovic when he was asked about money in a media conference.

“Believe it or not, I never thought of prize money being one of the sources of my motivation and inspiration to play tennis,” said Djokovic.

“I will tell you what Ibrahimovic said when he was asked in America why he did not accept $100 million to move from one club to another: ‘money is not important. A lot of money is important, and 100 million is not a lot of money’.

“Of course, this was a good joke, and the fact that I quoted it does not mean that I think and say the same.

“Information about our income is publicly available to everyone, and what the media does not write about are the taxes and other expenses we pay. Of course, I don’t want to complain about that, nor do I want to talk about it.”

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Djokovic stands alone in the tennis prize money charts, with Rafael Nadal second in the list with $134,640,719.

Roger Federer is the third most successful tennis player of all-time if you measure success in terms of cash won on court, as he claimed $130,594,339 in his stunning career.

Andy Murray is next on the list with $64,246,026 and Pete Sampras has $43,280,489.

The huge money on offer at this year’s ATP Finals made that event even more lucrative than an Grand Slam tournamnet, with Djokovic the big winner once again in a year when he has campaigned for more money to spread around the game to allow more players to earn a living playing the sport.

“More player need to earn money from the sport,” stated Djokovic.

“I think the ATP and WTA are losing their way in some of these things. We need a players’ union. There’s no doubt. Always has been.

“Our voice is being lost by tournament directors. I don’t mean lost, but it certainly can be overshadowed by tournament directors who obviously need to make a living but they are promoters.

“They promote a tour. They are no different than rock band [promotors], who promote a tour. Instead of asking the promotors ‘oh what do you think we should do’. Instead, they [ATP] are coming cap in hand to the promoters. They are promoters and not tournament directors, they’re tournament promoters. They are no different than rock promotors.

“The ATP needs to grow some cojones and they need to have a player’s union and Novak is 100% right and all other players are 100% behind him and they need to have their own voice