THE MOST prestigious tournament in tennis continues to grow in reputation and prize money. With a total prize pool of more than $50 million at this year’s tournament, Wimbledon is not simply a chance for players to stamp their name in the history books, it’s also an opportunity to get filthy rich.
If you’ve got the talent to reach the heights of the ATP or WTA tours, there’s a good chance you’re a millionaire. Even the lowliest of stars barely cracking the top 100 rankings have likely put together a decent run at a major tournament and brought home the big bucks. At this year’s singles tournaments at Wimbledon, players received £55,000 (AU$104,811) just for making it to the first round. That’s right, most players on the main draw only need to show up to pocket what would be years salary for many people. Ok, maybe it’s not that easy. There’s obviously plenty of hard work going on behind the scenes, but the point is, tennis is a lucrative industry.
So, which players are taking home the most dosh? We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 Wimbledon stars who have earned the most prize money (in AUD) throughout their careers, from least to most.
Career prize money: $38,742,688
With multi millions in prize money, a very public relationship with fellow pro player Paula Badosa, and a flowing mane of hair that would make a lion jealous, the only thing Stefanos Tsitsipas is missing is a grand slam title. Although, he’s lost in the finals of both the French and Australian Open’s, it’s difficult to feel sorry for the Greek star who already has so much.
Career prize money: $43,412,968
Austrian Dominic Thiem is ninth on the list. Currently ranked 90th in the ATP rankings, Thiem had a bright future ahead of him before a series of debilitating injuries all-but derailed his career. Thiem was a key figure in ending the big three dynasty and won the 2020 US Open, but his prize money pool likely won’t get much bigger.
Career prize money: $46,090,479
Daniil Medvedev comes in at eighth place. While his critics have described the Russian as “robotic”, “unfair”, and “downright strange”, those personality traits haven’t prevented Medvedev from earning a boatload of prize money throughout his career. Medvedev earned his biggest prize after winning the 2021 US Open, with a whopping $2.5 million reward for that win.
Career prize money: $50,831,347
Known for his short fuse and bad temper on the court, Alex Zverev is the second youngest player on this list, and at just 26 years of age – he’s already one of the highest earning players of all time. Not bad for the man dubbed the “anti-role model”.
Career prize money: $52,673,193
Stan Wawrinka had the misfortune of reaching his peak at the height of the big three era. The Swiss icon still managed to bring home three grand slams, but had he played at any other time, his prize money figure could be significantly higher. It’s doubtful that keeps him up at night though.
Career prize money: $52,762,784
The first of three women on this list, two-time grand slam winner Victoria Azarenka has built a long and storied career — with some gargantuan earnings to boot. While the Belarussian has never claimed a Wimbledon title in her 14 appearances, when you have that much money, who really cares? Stressing over the trophies missing from your mantle is a problem we’d love to have.
Career prize money: $53,802,187
Fourth on the list is two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova. Still ranked ninth in the world, Kvitova has a chance to climb this list even further, that is, if her famous left-handed forehand holds up as well as her bank account.
Career prize money: $62,000,552
The legendary Venus Williams is the highest earning active women’s player. A heroic figure in women’s tennis for her unrivalled longevity, Williams turned pro nearly 30 years ago and has five Wimbledon titles under her belt. Venus and her sister Serena have left a lasting legacy that extends beyond their jaw-dropping earnings.
Career prize money: $93,318,043
After undergoing hip resurfacing surgery in 2019, Andy Murray has staved off retirement and shaken off the cobwebs to, yet again, become a force to be reckoned with on the court. Often called the “fourth member of the big three”, Murray’s earning’s reflect that moniker. With a packed trophy case and prize money to match, Murray could retire tomorrow and go down as one of the best to ever do it, but something tells us the Scot has one last run left in him.
Career prize money: $169,762,762
Did you really expect anyone else to top this list? The inimitable Novak Djokovic is in a league of his own when it comes to career earnings. Djokovic has more than $100 million more than any other active player and the most of all time by a wide margin. The big-three member with the most grand slams and tennis’ most captivating superstar, where Djokovic goes, success typically follows – and Australian immigration authorities appear to be the only force capable of stopping him.