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The 10 Highest Earning Players Of 2020

UbiTennis looks at the biggest prize money winners on both the men’s and women’s Tour this year.

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During a season that has been blighted by the COVID-19 pandemic more than 20 players have still managed to earn over $1 million in prize money.

 

Seven out of the 10 highest earners this year have been on the men’s Tour with Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem being the only players to surpass the $6 million mark. Although the ATP and WTA are separate organisations with their own prize money distribution structures so to some extent it is hard to directly compare the two. Grand Slams are the only level of tournament where the winnings are consistently equal for both genders.

Here are the 10 highest earners, according to data provided by both the ATP and WTA.

1) Novak Djokovic – $6,511,233 (including $76,075 from doubles)
Titles won: 4
Win-loss record: 41-5
Biggest payout: Australian Open ($4,120,000 in Australian dollars)

Once again Novak Djokovic has come out on top of the list of the highest earners. He has triumphed at the Australian Open, Dubai Tennis Championships, Cincinnati Masters and Italian Open. Djokovic’s tally would have been even greater if he hadn’t got disqualified from the US Open for accidentally hitting a lines judge with the ball during his fourth round match against Pablo Carreno Busta. The incident resulted in him losing his prize money won at the tournament. The world No.1 holds the record for most money earned by a tennis player ($145.6 million).

2) Dominic Thiem – $6,030,756 (including $5,880 from doubles)
Titles won: 1
Win-loss: 29-9
Biggest payout: US Open ($3,000,000)

Almost half of Thiem’s winnings occurred at the US Open where he came back from two sets down to defeat Alexander Zverev and win his first major title at the age of 27. Should he continue his surge next year he is projected to rise into the all-time top 10 for prize money earned in men’s tennis. Thiem is currently in 11th place and is just $124,000 behind Marin Cilic.

3) Sofia Kenin – 4,302,970 (including $115,389 from doubles)
Titles won: 2
Win-loss: 23-8
Biggest Payout: Australian Open ($2,854,381)

Kenin is the only member of the top 10 to have earned more than $100,000 from playing doubles. Although it is in the Grand Slams where she has excelled by winning the Australian Open in January followed by reaching the final of the French Open in October. Her run at those two events resulted in her winning $3,794,432 alone.

4) Rafael Nadal – $3,881,202 (including $25,075 from doubles)
Titles won: 2
Win-loss: 27-7
Biggest payout: French Open ($1,768,468)

World No.2 Nadal once again reigned supreme at Roland Garros by lifting the title for an historic 13th time. He has played in just seven tournaments this season (including the ATP Cup) but he reached the quarter-finals or better at all of them. Besides the French Open, he also won a title in Acapulco which rewarded him a payment of $372,785.

5) Daniil Medvedev $3,622,891 (including $15,221 from doubles)
Titles won: 2
Win-loss: 28-10
Biggest payout: ATP Finals ($1,564,000)

A blistering end to 2020 saw Medvedev quickly rise up the ranks in terms of both points and money. A sensational run in November saw the Russian score seven wins over top 10 players as he claimed titles in Paris and at the ATP Finals. It was at his last tournament where Medvedev defeated the world’s top three players in the same week for the first time.

6) Naomi Osaka – 3,352,755
Titles won: 1
Win-loss: 16-3
Biggest payout: US Open ($3,000,000)

Thank goodness for the US Open otherwise Osaka would have been nowhere near to the top 10. Her New York win equates to a whopping 89% of her total earnings this year despite it being the fourth tournament she played in. She also reached the final of the Western and Southern Open, semi-final of the Brisbane International and third round of the Australian Open. Osaka is the only player on the list to have earned all of her prize money from singles competition alone.

Earlier this year Forbes named Osaka the highest earning female athlete in the world. Their findings also takes into account endorsements.

7) Alexander Zverev $3,279,966 (including $24,889 from doubles)
Titles won: 2
Win-loss: 28-11
Biggest payout: US Open ($1,500,000)

The US Open brought heartbreak to Zverev who was on the verge of claiming his first Grand Slam title before losing in five sets to Thiem. However, on the plus side it also provided him with $1.5M in funds. This year the German has won two titles in Cologne, which held back-to-back events. However, those two titles only equated to just under 28,000 euros in prize money. He also reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open and the final of the Paris Masters.

8) Iga Switek – $2,261,213 (including $73, 626 from doubles)
Titles won: 14-5
Win-loss: 1
Biggest payout: French Open ($1,768,468)

Poland’s Switek is the youngest player inside the top 10 at the age of 19. Her fairytale run to the French Open title has established her as one of the future stars of women’s tennis. Her earnings this season works out to be 77% of what she has earned so far in her entire career as a professional player. Besides the French Open, she also reached the fourth round of the Australian Open.

9) Andrey Rublev $2,223,865 (including $54,378 from doubles)
Titles won: 5
Win-loss: 41-10
Biggest payout: US Open ($425,000)

Rublev has won more ATP titles than anybody else this year but has only just managed to scrape into the top 10. He has won two 250 and three 500 events over the past 12 months but none of those were his highest earning tournaments. Instead, it was his run to the quarter-finals of the US Open which rewarded him with $425,000. His career earnings currently stands at $6,666,124 which is 132nd on the ATP all-time list.

10) Stefanos Tsitsipas $2,106,450 (including 13,218 from doubles)
Titles won: 1
Win-loss: 29-14
Biggest payout: French Open (€425,250)

22-year-old Tsitsipas has won more matches than Nadal, Medvedev and Zverev this season. Although he is in 10th place due to his mixed performances in the majors. Besides reaching the quarter-finals of the French Open, where he made €425,250, he fell in the third round in both Australia and France. In February he won his only title of the season at the Open 13 in Marseille which rewarded him €116,030 in earnings.

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Madrid Open Daily Preview: Ash Barty and Aryna Sabalenka Meet in a Second Consecutive Final

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Aryna Sabalenka has steamrolled her way to Saturday’s final (twitter.com/MutuaMadridOpen)

Just 13 days ago in Stuttgart, Barty and Sabalenka competed in the championship match, with Barty coming back from a set down to win the title, claiming 12 of the last 15 games.  On Saturday, Sabalenka looks to avenge that loss, and even their head-to-head at 4-4.  The women’s doubles championship will also be decided, between two of the top three seeds.

 

On the men’s side, the singles and doubles semifinals will be played.  Sascha Zverev hit a subpar Rafael Nadal right off the court on Friday, and just 24 hours later will try to take out the next-best clay courter of the last few years, Dominic Thiem.  Saturday will be a busy day for Zverev, as he’s also a semifinalist in doubles.  In the other singles semifinal, Matteo Berrettini and Casper Ruud will do battle, with the winner achieving their first Masters 1000 final. 

Throughout the tournament, this preview will analyze the two most prominent matches of the day, and note the other intriguing matchups on the schedule.  Saturday’s play will begin at 1:30pm local time.

Dominic Thiem (3) vs. Sascha Zverev (5) – Not Before 4:00pm on Manolo Santana Stadium

This will be their first encounter since their dramatic, yet rather ugly US Open final, where Thiem came back from two sets down to eventually prevail in a fifth set tiebreak.  Overall Dominic leads their head-to-head 8-2, and 4-1 on clay.  The Austrian has claimed their last four meetings, with Zverev’s last victory coming in the final of this event three years ago.  

Both men struggled with some nagging injuries prior to this event, but both have looked sharp to this stage.  Thiem overcame a one-set deficit on Friday against John Isner, while Zverev is yet to drop a set.  Defeating Nadal on clay is always a big achievement, especially when it’s your first time doing so.  It will be interesting to see if Sascha can maintain his high level from a day prior.  Zverev struck 28 winners on Friday, compared to only six by Nadal.

In last year’s US Open final, the winner of each set was the player who won a higher percentage of first serve points.  If you’re Sascha Zverev, there has to be some baggage from blowing a two-set lead in his first career Major final.  In a rivalry that has strongly favored Thiem, I like the reigning US Open champion to reach his third final in Madrid.

Ash Barty (1) vs. Aryna Sabalenka (5) – Not Before 6:30pm on Manolo Santana Stadium

They’ve already met twice this year, in Miami and Stuttgart, with Barty taking both matches in a third set by a score of 6-3.  In their Stuttgart final, converting break points was a key difference.  Barty broke five times, while Sabalenka only claimed two out of 10 break points.  That exemplifies the composure of the world No.1, who has won 16 out of her last 18 deciding sets. 

Sabalenka hasn’t faced a deciding set this fortnight, as she’s been dominating all competition.  No opponent has claimed more than three games in a set.  Aryna has spent about three less hours on court than Barty, though that shouldn’t be a significant factor on Saturday.  Both players had a day of rest on Friday, and comfortably won their Thursday semifinals in straight sets.

Barty has amassed several impressive streaks: 9 straight match wins, 16 straight on red clay, and 10 straight victories over top 10 opposition.  She’s also prevailed in 10 of her last 12 finals.  Similarly, Sabalenka has won seven of her last nine finals.  Yet as impressive as the Belarusian has been, winning 32 of her last 38 matches, she’s only 1-3 during that span against the top 10.  If these two go the distance again, it’s harder for Sabalenka to maintain her level than Barty.  And Ash possesses many more backup plans in her arsenal.  In what should be another tight contest, I give the slight edge to Barty to earn her fourth title of the year.

Other Notable Matches on Saturday:

Matteo Berrettini (8) vs. Casper Ruud – Berrettini is on a seven-match win streak, dating back to his title run two weeks ago in Belgrade.  Ruud is into his third consecutive Masters 1000 semifinal on clay, and all 14 of his wins at this level have come on this surface.  Casper has been serving spectacularly, as he’s yet to be broken at this event, facing only one break point thus far.  They’ve split two previous meetings, with the clay court clash going to Ruud in straight sets, two years ago at Roland Garros.

Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova (2) vs. Gabriela Dabrowski and Demi Schuurs (3) – Krejcikova and Siniakova won the Gippsland Trophy earlier this season, and reached the final of the Australian Open.  This is the first tournament for Dabrowski and Schuurs as a team.

Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic (2) vs. Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen – Mektic and Pavic have now won 31 of 34 matches since teaming up for 2021.  Their Belgian opponents won the Singapore Open earlier this year, then went on a five-match losing streak before reaching the final of Munich last week.

Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos (3) vs. Tim Puetz and Sascha Zverev – Granollers and Zeballos are looking to reach their second final of the season.  This is Puetz and Zverev’s second event this season as a team.  In Miami, the Germans defeated Granollers and Zeballos in straight sets.

Saturday’s full Order of Play is here.

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Alexander Zverev Powers Past Erratic Nadal To Set Thiem Showdown

Alexander Zverev secured his best win of his career on a clay court by beating Rafael Nadal in Madrid.

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Alexander Zverev powered past an erratic Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-3 to reach the semi-finals in Madrid.

 

After a slow start Zverev produced some stunning tennis to knock out the five-time champion Nadal, who had an error-prone day at the office.

The German will now play Dominic Thiem in the last four in a rematch from the 2018 final.

It was the 20-time grand slam champion who started off the fastest as he looked to target the Zverev forehand early with uncomfortable spins and heights.

Eventually Nadal would get his rewards for an accurate tactical game-plan as a Zverev double fault handed him the break.

However that advantage was to be short-lived as the first point of the seventh game would change the momentum of the match with Nadal putting in simple unforced errors especially on the forehand side.

The German took advantage as he used his backhand to dictate points from the baseline. Furthermore, Zverev used his superior net play to his advantage by shortening the points and creating a faster tempo.

An unusual first set from Nadal’s perspective was complete as the fifth seed reeled off four games in a row to seal the opening set 6-4.

At the start of the second set, the Spaniard tried to up his level and intensity as he used some drop-shots at unexpected moments and attempted to bring the crowd into the match.

Despite this Nadal’s return game was lacking its usual ferocity as he couldn’t capitalise on Zverev’s second serves.

There was a lack of confidence in the Spaniard when implementing effective patterns of play as Zverev had a lot of success dictating play and winning the baseline and net rallies.

Another break in the fifth game ensured that Zverev’s dominance was being rewarded.

Although a double break advantage was denied, Nadal couldn’t deny victory for Zverev as the German sealed his first clay court victory over the ‘King of Clay.’

After the match Zverev admitted it was one of the biggest wins of his career, “Definitely one of the biggest wins of my career so far, especially on clay against Rafa. It is the toughest thing to do in our sport,” Zverev said in an on-court interview.

“Beating him in his house, in Spain, is incredible but the tournament is not over yet.”

Lots to ponder for Nadal as an error-prone performance sees him looking to improve in Rome next week.

As for the German, he sets up a 2018 final rematch with Dominic Thiem in the last four as he secured his best victory on this surface of his career.

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Dominic Them reaches semifinal in Madrid after three-set battle with Isner

Dominic Thiem is into the Madrid semi-finals after an impressive three set win over John Isner.

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The Austrian booked his spot in the semifinals after coming back to beat the American in three sets.

 

Dominic Thiem needed one hour and 55 minutes to beat the world number 39 John Isner in three sets 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 hitting 20 winners in the win while his opponent hit 26 unforced errors.

“We all know that he is one of the best servers in history and this altitude in Madrid makes it even tougher to return his serve but I was a little bit surprised by his return games, I think he attacked both my first and second serves and it took me a while to get used to it and I think the match changed when I saved those three breakpoints in the second set”.

It was the American who got off to the faster start holding his opening service game and then going on the offensive earning a breakpoint the following game and taking an early 2-0 lead.

The Greensboro, North Carolina native had a chance to go up a double break but the world number four saved both breakpoints he faced and managed to hold his first service game of the match.

That break was enough for the American to serve out the first set and he was one set away from the semifinals.

The second set stayed on serve until 2-2 when the Dallas, Texas resident had four breakpoints but failed to convert and the match was starting to turn with the American looking gassed.

In the next game the Austrian had three breakpoint and converted for his first break of the match as he served out the second set to send it to a deciding third set.

Isner was put under pressure early in the third set facing a breakpoint in the first game of the set but managed to save it and hold serve and it stayed on serve until 4-4.

That’s when the world number four earned two chances to break and on the second time of asking he would break and served out the match to book a date with either Alexander Zverev or Rafael Nadal.

After his match in an on court interview he gave this thoughts on a potential matchup with either Nadal or Zverev.

“It’s going to be a good one, I’ve played two big matches here against Rafa ( Nadal) and one big match against Sascha ( Zverev), and against either one of them it’s going to be an incredible challenge and it’s going to be exciting tomorrow”.

With the loss today by Isner when the new rankings come out on Monday it will be the first time in the open era and since the rankings came out that an American will not feature in the top 30 players in the world.

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