Novak Djokovic nears $200,000,000 career prize money milestone with 2023 ATP Finals win

In a season where Novak Djokovic seems to be breaking all the records the tennis world has known, the Serbian seems to be reaching out for more. After winning his 10th Australian Open in January and extending his Grand Slam record to 23 in Roland Garros triumph, Djokovic became the most decorated men’s player with the highest major title in New York.

Following his record-extending 8th year-end no. 1 finish, the Serbian star became the first player in the history of tennis to reach 400 weeks at the top of the world ranking.

Novak Djokovic leads tennis career prize money

Novak Djokovic hits another milestone after his triumph at the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin, surpassing $180 million in career prize money earnings. Djokovic went into the season finale championship with $176,231,853 in career prize money, but with his $4,411,500 payday for lifting the trophy, the world No. 1 emerges with $180,643,353.

The 36-year-old tennis star defeated Jannik Sinner in the ATP Finals in Turin, exacting revenge on his group-stage defeat, and pocketed the second largest paycheck in the history of ATP events, amounting to $4,411,500. Had Djokovic not fallen to a defeat to Jannik Sinner in the group stage, he would have broken his own record from last year, when he won close to $5 million.

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic has played just 12 ATP events this season, the fewest among the top 15 players, but still sits at the top of the list in terms of titles won and season prize money. The Serbian star earned $15,952,044 in 2023 (singles and doubles), having won over 50% of the tournaments he entered. Over half of Novak Djokovic’s career earnings have been generated in the past 13 years.

Djokovic has remained one of the fittest players on tour even at 36, showing no sign of physical weakness or struggle. That is why French coach Patrick Mouratoglou recently revealed that he could play into his 40s. Novak Djokovic becomes the first tennis player to reach $180 million career earning and has already surpassed $140 million height two years ago.

In the list of highest career earners Rafael Nadal sits second with $134,640,719, followed by Swiss legend Roger Federer with $130,594,339. Serena Williams comes first in the women category and third on the list with $94,816,730, with British star Andy Murray in fifth with $64,246,026.

What did Novak Djokovic earn winning 2023 ATP Finals?

Novak Djokovic ended what is believed to be one of the best seasons of his career with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Jannik Sinner in the 2023 ATP Finals in Turin, Italy. The 36-year-old won the year-end event for a record seventh time, passing the Swiss legend Roger Federer and earning a payday of $4.41 million in the process.

Novak Djokovic via
ATP Tour

Speaking about the paycheck in a media conference, Djokovic quoted his footballer friend Zlatan Ibrahimovic: “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.

Will Novak Djokovic be able to break past the $200 million prize money mark? Make sure to let us know in the comments section.

Victor Okechukwu

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