Novak Djokovic’s big ATP Finals payday helps him to pip Iga Swiatek in 2022 prize-money earners’ list

Novak Djokovic wins the ATP Finals Credit: Alamy
Novak Djokovic wins the ATP Finals Credit: Alamy

Novak Djokovic was the biggest prize-money earner in tennis in 2022 as he beat Iga Swiatek to top spot on the back of his feat at the ATP Finals.

21-time Grand Slam winner Djokovic picked up a cheque of $4,740,300 – the biggest in tennis history – after winning the season-ending tournament in Turin without losing a match.

It took his tally for the year to $9,934,582 as he edged out world No 1 Swiatek by just $59,057.

His other big paydays this season came at Wimbledon as he earned $2,3m (£2m) for winning a seventh title at the All England Club while he also picked up $859,000 (€836,355) for winning the Italian Open.

The Serbian’s 2022 earnings are well short of his record-breaking 2015 campaign when he made $21,146,145 after winning the Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open and ATP Finals.

This season’s earnings also took his overall prize-money earnings to $164,691,308 and he is well clear of second-placed Rafael Nadal ($132,403,671) at the top of the list.

Djokovic played only 11 tournaments this year, winning five titles, while Swiatek played in 17 events and won eight titles.

The Pole’s biggest cheque of the year came at the US Open as she won $2,6m after winning the title while at Roland Garros she added $2,36m to her bank account. Her titles at the Indian Wells Open and Miami Open came with cheques in excess of $1.2m.

Swiatek, though, missed out on adding $1,6m to her tally for winning the WTA Finals undefeated as she only reached the semi-final in Fort Worth earlier in November.

The 2022 season was the best one to date for the 21-year-old in terms of earnings and her career prize money now stands at $14,735,077 – well adrift of Serena Williams’ $94,816,730.

ATP world No 1 Alcaraz finishes third in the 2022 prize-money earners’ list with the Spaniard earning $7,655,130 with his biggest cheque coming from his US Open title run ($2,6m). The teenager, though, missed out on the season-ending ATP Finals due to injury.

Rafael Nadal finishes fourth after winning the Australian Open ($2,071m) and French Open ($2,36m) while ATP Finals runner-up Casper Ruud completes the top five. The Norwegian earned $2,156,600 for his efforts in Turin while he also finished runner-up at the French Open and US Open.

Swiatek and Ons Jabeur are the only women in the top 10 with the latter coming in at No 7 with $4,977,069. The world No 2 from Tunisian finished runner-up at Wimbledon and the US Open.

Top 10 prize-money earners in tennis in 2022
1. Novak Djokovic – Serbia – $9,934,582
2. Iga Swiatek – Poland – $9,875,525
3. Carlos Alcaraz – Spain – $7,655,130
4. Rafael Nadal – Spain – $7,442,076
5. Casper Ruud – Norway – $6,942,316
6. Stefanos Tsitsipas – Greece – $5,648,416
7. Ons Jabeur – Tunisia – $4,977,069
8. Taylor Fritz – United States – $4,570,481
9. Andrey Rublev – $4,229,954
10. Felix Auger-Aliassime – Canada – $4,186,042

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