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THE FRENCH OPEN may lag behind the other grand slams with its prize pool (offering a total of $87.2 million for singles tournaments compared to the US Open’s $97.1 million), but the money on offer is hardly a paltry sum. Take Alex de Minaur for example. After his win over Daniil Medvedev last night, the Demon has advanced to the quarterfinals at a grand slam for only the second time in his career. In doing so, he’s ensured he’ll pocket at least $615,000 before he heads home. Not too shabby.

Evidently, tennis pays well. You need only to follow the Instagram accounts of top ten ranked players and witness the lavish lifestyles they live for proof of that. Times are changing though. For the last two decades or so, a member of the big three (Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal) or on rare occasions Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka, would top any list of the highest earning players in tennis, that’s simply not the case anymore.

With Federer retired, Wawrinka, Murray and Nadal all putting up their final fights against father time and even Djokovic showing signs of slowing down (having been pushed to five sets in each of his last two matches at the French Open), the rankings of the highest earning tennis players look markedly different than what fans are accustomed to (Djokovic doesn’t even make an appearance!). See for yourself below, where we rank the men’s and women’s players by how much they’ve earned in prize money in 2024.

All figures have been converted to AUD and are accurate as of June 4th 2024.

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Honourable mention: Alex de Minaur

2024 earnings: $2.57 million

Yes, this list was going to be a top ten, but our Australian bias means we just couldn’t leave out Alex de Minaur, who sits in 11th place. De Minaur has taken his game to another level in 2024, racking up four wins against top ten-ranked players and even establishing his own place inside the top ten. The 25-year-old won the Mexican Open back in March, made the final of the Rotterdam Open and has been consistently performing on the bigger stages at grand slams, hence why he’s trending towards the top of his sport’s highest earners for the first time.

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10. Elena Rybakina

2024 earnings: $2.81 million

A former Wimbledon champion and the current world number four, Elena Rybakina is one of the best women’s tennis players on the planet, and she’s had a hot start to 2024. Rybakina began the year at the Brisbane International, which she won. She was then eliminated in only the second round of the Australian Open, but bounced back by winning the Abu Dhabi Open and the Stuttgart Open, accounting for most of her multi-million dollar winnings. She’s still in the running at the French Open, where she’ll hope to win her second grand slam.

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9. Carlos Alcaraz

2024 earnings: $2.85 million

By the staggeringly talented Spanish phenom’s standards, 2024 has actually been a down year for Carlos Alcaraz. Continually hampered by injuries, the current world number three went out in the quarterfinals at the Australian Open, pulled out of his home event at the Madrid Open, and besides winning the Indian Wells Masters, hasn’t entirely looked himself. Nevertheless, Alcaraz’s bank account isn’t in peril. He remains one of the highest earning players in tennis, and we’re sure his title winning ways will return shortly – as soon as the French Open perhaps, where he’s still in play.

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8. Andrey Rublev

2024 earnings: $2.97 million

Andrey Rublev is quietly having the best season of his career. He still hasn’t advanced beyond the quarterfinals of a grand slam (having reached the stage a whopping ten times), but after winning his second Masters tournament at the Madrid Open, Rublev won’t have any problems paying his bills. A meltdown during the third round of the French Open sent him packing earlier than expected, but we’d wager the mercurial Russian won’t let his temper impact many more matches this season.

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7. Stefanos Tsitsipas

2024 earnings: $3.08 million

It’s been an up and down year for Stefanos Tsitsipas. He started 2024 poorly, losing in the fourth round of the Australian Open, dropping winnable matches at other tournaments and sinking outside of the top ten for the first time since early 2019. He then won his third Monte Carlo Masters (and pocketed its considerable purse). Tsitsipas has a shot at winning his first grand slam at the French Open, where he’ll next face Carlos Alcaraz in the quarterfinals.

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6. Alex Zverev

2024 earnings: $3.41 million

Alex Zverev’s return from injury has largely been overshadowed by his ongoing trial, where he stands accused of domestic violence. Zverev was charged $735,000 last year for allegedly assaulting his partner. He’s now contesting that charge, but controversially, his 2024 earnings have already exceeded it.

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5. Casper Ruud

2024 earnings: $3.49 million

Casper Ruud was knocked out by a pair of Australians during his first two finals of 2024. First, Jordan Thompson at the Los Cabos Open, and then a week later by Alex de Minaur at the Mexican Open. He also came up short against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final of the Monte Carlo Masters. Don’t feel too bad for Ruud though, he still gets paid for making all those finals he loses. And he’s since bounced back with wins at the Barcelona and Geneva Opens.

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4. Daniil Medvedev

2024 earnings: $3.73 million

Much like Ruud, current world number five Daniil Medvedev’s year has been defined by near misses. But unlike Ruud, Medvedev is yet to win a title in 2024. The Russian has come agonisingly close to some major hardware though. He was the runner up at the Australian Open and Indian Wells Masters, and a semi-finalist at the Dubai Championships and Miami Masters, accounting for most of his earnings. Alex De Minaur sent Medvedev home at the French Open, so the Russian’s quest for a second grand slam will continue.

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3. Aryna Sabalenka

2024 earnings: $4.38 million

It’s refreshing to see WTA stars so high up on a list of tennis’ highest earning players, but it’s to be expected as most events that appear on both the ATP and WTA tours now hand out equal prize money. Aryna Sabalenka defended her Australian Open crown to start 2024, but she hasn’t matched that level of success since. She lost the finals of both the Madrid and Rome Opens to Iga Swiatek, but she has continued to rack up points and climb closer towards her Polish adversary atop the WTA rankings. It once looked like Swiatek would have a stranglehold on the WTA for the next 10-15 years, so some healthy competition from Sabalenka can only be a good thing.

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2. Iga Swiatek

2024 earnings: $5.46 million

Perhaps best described as the WTA’s answer to Rafael Nadal, Iga Swiatek is a dominant force on clay courts, winning three of the last four French Opens with a shot at another this year. She’s been less successful on different surfaces, with the 2022 US Open being her only other grand slam win. Regardless, Swiatek is the face of women’s tennis right now and likely will be for the foreseeable future. She’s out-earned all but one male tennis player this year, courtesy of a title at the Qatar Open and three Masters victories at Indian Wells, the Madrid Open and the Italian Open.

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1. Jannik Sinner

2024 earnings: $6.67 million

Tennis media, fans and pundits may have been too quick to anoint Carlos Alcaraz as the heir apparent to Djokovic’s throne. It’s Jannik Sinner that has emerged as the next face of men’s tennis in 2024, winning the Australian Open, Rotterdam Open and Miami Masters. Sinner has a 28-2 record this year, and regardless of whether or not he wins the French Open, it’s looking increasingly likely that he’ll be the next world number one. Needless to say, Sinner’s recent success has also landed him some considerable prize money, the most of any men’s or women’s tennis player this year.


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