Highest Prize Money Earners Of Tennis In 2023: Novak Djokovic Tops The List Despite Getting Zero Bonus

Highest Prize Money Earners Of Tennis In 2023: Novak Djokovic Tops The List Despite Getting Zero Bonus. ATP and WTA have finally released the list of their highest prize money earners for the 2023 tour and Novak Djokovic has emerged on top of it. However, this year was an anomaly because the Serb topped the list despite getting a 100% reduction in his bonus for the season. The deduction from Djokovic’s salary has been the center of a lot of controversies lately. 

Carlos Alcaraz - Iga Swiatek - Novak Djokovic
Carlos Alcaraz - Iga Swiatek - Novak Djokovic (Image Source: Twitter, ATP)

According to the ATP’s rule, any player who misses more than three Masters 1000 tournaments automatically gets ineligible to get a bonus for the year and that is what happened in the case of Novak Djokovic. At the beginning of the year, he was unable to take part in the Indian Wells and the Miami Open owing to his unvaccinated status. 

Later, he decided to take a break after winning the US Open and thus missed the Asian swing. However, even after that, the Serb has won a total of $15.95 million in prize money this season and is way ahead of the second player on the list, namely Carlos Alcaraz, who won $15.2 million this season. 

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Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz would have been the top two players on this list, as the four Grand Slams were shared between them this season. Novak won the Australian, French, and US Open while Carlos Alcaraz won Wimbledon by beating the Serb in the final. 

Top 20 Highest Prize Money earners in Tennis in 2023 

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic (Source: Brittanica)

It is a well-established fact that although the sport of tennis is trying to bring an end to the gender pay gap, a difference in the average earnings of men and women in the sport still exists and it shows clearly in the list of the highest-earning players in 2023. 

There are only seven women in the Top 20, while the other thirteen are all men. Moreover, the top four names on the list are all men and the only woman in the top five is Iga Swiatek, who sits in the number five spot with $9.86 million in prize money. It must be noted here that the WTA has no bonus payout. This is another reason why women in tennis are paid less overall. 

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Aryna Sabalenka, Coco Gauff, Jessica Pegula, Elina Rybakina, Marketa Vondrousova, and Ons Jabeur are the six other women who appear in the Top 20 list. The top four men on the list, apart from Novak Djokovic, are Carlos Alcaraz, Daniil Medvedev, and Jannik Sinner. 

RankPlayerTotal Prize MoneyBonus in 2023
1Novak Djokovic$15.95M$0
2Carlos Alcaraz$15.2M$4.43M
3Daniil Medvedev$11.55M$2.31M
4Jannik Sinner$10.46M$2.11M
5Iga Swiatek$9.86MN/A
6Aryna Sabalenka$8.2MN/A
7Coco Gauff$6.67MN/A
8Andrey Rublev$6.57M$1.08M
9Jessica Pegula$5.97MN/A
10Alexander Zverev$5.64M$718K
11Elena Rybakina$5.49MN/A
12Stefanos Tsitsipas$5.49M$636K
13Holger Rune$4.95M$783K
14Hubert Hurkacz$4.8M$900K
15Marketa Vondrousova$4.47MN/A
16Taylor Frtiz$4.02M$543K
17Casper Ruud$3.47M$325K
18Alex De Minaur$3.38M$441K
19Ons Jabeur$3.19MN/A
20Grigor Dimitrov$3.18M$435K
Source: ATP and WTA