Top 10 all-time ATP career-prize money earners: Novak Djokovic widens the gap at the top

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He added “only” $9.1 million to his total this year, but world No 1 Novak Djokovic remains well clear of the field in the all-time ATP career-prize money earners list.

Djokovic led the way at the start of 2021 and increased his advantage at the top on the back of another brilliant season that included three Grand Slam titles.

There is only one new addition to the top 10 with Alexander Zverev making his debut following his ATP Finals success.

Top 10 all-time ATP career-prize money earners

10 Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) – $29,491,328

Despite retiring in 2019, Berdych still finds himself in the top 10 all-time money earners and he is one of three players on the list who doesn’t have a Grand Slam title on their CV.

The closest the Czech came to winning a major was in 2010 when he finished runner-up at Wimbledon while he also has a host of semi-final appearances at other Grand Slams to his name.

Berdych won 13 ATP Tour singles titles during a career that spanned 17 years.

9 Alexander Zverev (Germany) – $29,728,875

The German makes his top-10 debut after winning the ATP Finals, two ATP Masters and two ATP 500 events. His ATP Finals victory was the big game changer as he walked away with a cheque of more than $2 million.

Zverev now has 19 ATP singles titles to his name, but a Grand Slam trophy still eludes him as he only made it to the semi-finals at Roland Garros and the US Open this year.

8 Andre Agassi (United States) – $31,152,975

Eight-time Grand Slam winner Agassi has been clinging onto a top-10 spot for a few years and he is likely to remain there for a couple more more years as the chasing pack is still some way adrift.

Agassi won 60 ATP singles titles and his eighth place is not too bad for someone who retired in 2006.

7 David Ferrer (Spain) – $31,483,911

The Spaniard is the third and final player on the list without a Grand Slam trophy to his name.

Ferrer, who hung up his tennis racket in 2019 having won 27 titles, was considered the nearly man as he found himself playing in the same era as the Big Three of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

The closest he came to winning a major was in 2013 when he finished runner-up to Nadal at the French Open.

6 Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) – $34,778,261

Three-time Grand Slam winner Wawrinka has struggled both with form and injuries in recent years and has dropped outside the world top 80.

The 36-year-old Swiss, who has 16 ATP titles to his name, collected only $145,551 in prize money this year and chances are slim that he will move up further on the list given he is quite some way off the man in fifth.

5 Pete Sampras (United States) – $43,280,489

Sampras has 14 Grand Slam titles to his name, which puts him fourth on the all-time list, while he won 64 singles titles in a career that spanned from 1988 until 2002.

You expect him to hold onto fifth spot for a few more years given that a young player like Alexander Zverev is still $14m plus change off his total.

4 Andy Murray (Great Britain) – $62,314,306

Following a few injury-ravaged campaigns, former world No 1 Andy Murray had a decent season and added $520,937 to his grand total. A long way off the $16,349,701 he earned during his best season in 2016.

After missing the first part of the season due to injury and a positive coronavirus result, Murray will be pleased that he competed in 15 ATP Tour events.

And while he is unlikely to crack the top three, the three-time Grand Slam winner is unlikely to be passed any time soon by one of the up-and-coming youngsters.

3 Rafael Nadal (Spain) – $124,961,595

One of only three players on the ATP Tour above the $100m mark, Nadal added $1,478,830 to his bank account this year.

The Spaniard, who missed the second half of the season due to injury, earned most of that money from winning the Italian Open and Barcelona Open, and making it to the semi-final at Roland Garros and quarter-final at the Australian Open.

Nadal’s best season in terms of prize money earned came in 2016 when he collected $16,349,586.

2 Roger Federer (Switzerland) – $130,594,339

The 40-year-old Federer earned “only” $647,655 in prize money this year as he played only a handful of tournaments due to injury, and he is likely to only be involved in one or two events in 2022 as he continues to recover from injury.

The 2107 season remains his best year for career-prize earnings as he added $13,054,856 to his bank balance that season.

1 Novak Djokovic (Serbia) – $154,756,726

The gap between first and second is getting bigger and it is likely to grow further over the next few years.

Djokovic enjoyed another spectacular season as he won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon while he also finished runner-up at the US Open. Outside of the Grand Slams he won the Paris Masters and Serbia Open.

However, the 20-time Grand Slam winner’s earnings was heavily affected by the coronavirus pandemic as he earned $9,100,547, which is well short of the record $21,146,145 he earned in 2015. Heck, it doesn’t even come close to the $15,967,184 he collected in 2018, but we are sure he won’t complain too much.

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