Revealed: Some surprise names on tennis prize money list for 2023
The updated prize money list for 2023 confirms the dominance of two leading players, yet the list also highlights some big winners outside of Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz.
With the biggest prize money up for grabs at the Grand Slam events, it is no surprise to see Djokovic leading the money stakes for this year with $10,581,665.
That total has been compiled primarily from his wins at the Australian Open, French Open and US Open, while he also collected a big prize cheque from his Cincinnati Masters win in August.
Alcaraz is second on the money winners list with $9,312,064.
The Spaniard won his first Wimbledon title in July and he also collected two Masters titles at Indian Wells and Madrid, along with the Queen’s Club title in June.
Evidence of the increased prize money at the top of the men’s game is highlighted by Alcaraz’s career prize money total of $21,141,707, which is staggering total for a player who has only been at the top of the game for two years.
US Open runner-up Daniil Medvedev is next on the prize money list for 2023 with $7,411,834.
He has won five titles this year, into the Miami and Italian Open events, which are part of the elite ATP Masters list.
Jannik Sinner has also had a great year of consistency, with the Italian collecting $4,405,028 after reaching the latter stages of a lot of competitions.
Stefanos Tsitispas is fifth on the money list for this year with $4,022,743 in prize money and even though he had yet to land a major title, his career prize money total is currently at a huge $27,154,373.
Russia’s Andrey Rublev has won $3,969,221 on the ATP Tour this year, with Alexander Zverev next on the list at $3,404,782.
Britain’s Cameron Norrie has struggled to play his best tennis in recent months, but he has still collected $2,003,224 in prize money.
His fellow Brit Dan Evans has also had patches of poor form this year, but he has claimed $1,497,843 in prize money.
Italy’s Matteo Berrettini has also cracked the seven-figure barrier, as he has won $1,028,055 despite struggling with injuries for much of the year.
Britain’s Jack Draper is another player who has struggled with injuries, but he has still claimed $643,669 and his 100th on this year’s list of prize money for the year.
Djokovic has spoken out about the lack of prize money available to players outside of the elite group in recent weeks, but this list confirms players who had not had the best run of form in 2023 have still earned big money.
Yet these huge sums need to be put into some perspective as tax and expenses are not taken into account and they can be huge in a sport that involves so much travel.
“I am really privileged to be able to use my status of being a top player that can, in this times, raise the awareness of players that are struggling,”said Djokovic.
“I personally have earned enough money to live for many more years without playing tennis.
“The sport has to think about how we will expand the base. We have to expand this number as much as we can.
“I feel that the players should show the solidarity and show the unity in this moment, show these lower-ranked players that we do not forget about them.
“We talk so much about how much money the US Open winners make but we are not talking about how many players, both men and women, singles, doubles, all together, professionals live from this sport.
“It’s less than 400 [players] max for a sport that is super global and then it’s one of the most-watched sports on the planet. That’s poor. That’s a failure for our sport.
“I want to leave a legacy on and off the court. I would love my peers, my colleagues, to remember me as someone who had a lot of success in tennis, but didn’t only think about himself, but also thought of other players and making sure that while he’s at the top of the game, that he’s using his influence, he’s using his status and his profile and his contacts to create a better ecosystem for players and generally just for the sport.”
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