Stefanos Tsitsipas


Nadal, Djokovic and co to battle for biggest prize money in tennis history at ATP Finals
The likes of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic can pocket the biggest prize money cheque in tennis history at the upcoming ATP Finals.

The ATP Finals has confirmed a record-breaking prize pot for the season-ending championships this year. Five players have already qualified for the prestigious tournament including Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, and they will now be battling it out for the biggest winner’s cheque in tennis history as well as 1,500 ranking points and the trophy.

The winner of the ATP Finals is set to receive the biggest monetary prize in the history of tennis after the tournament announced the money on offer for each win at the year-end tournament. If a player wins the tournament without losing a match across the week they will pocket £4,230,030 ($4,740,300) – smashing the record amount of £3.9m ($4.2m) prize money Ash Barty received for winning the 2019 WTA Finals Shenzhen with one round robin loss during the week.

An undefeated doubles pairing will also receive a record winner’s cheque of £830,159 ($930,300). The total prize purse on offer at this year’s top-eight tournament in Turin is also a record at £13.16m ($14.75m), with even the alternates who don’t play a match in the singles taking home £134,000 ($150,000)

It comes after the 2019 edition of the WTA Finals broke the record for biggest total prize pot of £12.5m ($14m). That year, an undefeated champion would have taken home £4,216,377 ($4,725,000) but Barty received less for losing one of her matches during the round robin stage in the week.

She defeated Elina Svitolina in the final who went 3-0 in her round robin matches and would have won the maximum prize had she beaten Barty for the title, but the Aussie’s winner cheque still managed to break the record. Nadal, Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz, Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas are currently in the running to receive the record prize money as the first five men to qualify for the tournament.

The eight players who have earned the most points in 2022 qualify for the season-ending championships, but this year Djokovic has qualified despite currently being 10th in the race as the ATP has a rule allowing a Grand Slam champion from that season to receive a spot in the tournament if they come in the top 20 of the race.

Alexander Zverev is the defending champion but looks unlikely to qualify or compete as he has not played since getting injured during his French Open semi-final match against Nadal where he went down in pain and was forced to retire, later confirmed he snapped several ligaments in his ankle. He was set to return at last month’s Davis Cup but was diagnosed with a bone edema and underwent more surgery.

Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev and Felix Auger-Aliassime are currently occupying the final three spots in the race but several men can still qualify for Turin, with the upcoming Paris Masters 1000 likely to determine the last few places at the tournament with the likes of Taylor Fritz and Hubert Hurkacz also lurking just below the qualification spots.

Novak Djokovic scored a instantly-sets victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday to finish an unblemished run thru the 2022 Italian Open men’s bracket for his first ATP tour name of the season.

Djokovic didn’t drop a single set across five matches to win the clay-court docket tournament, a Masters 1000 occasion, for the sixth time, which ranks second in records to Rafael Nadal (10).

The pinnacle-ranked player within the international has been operating to find pinnacle shape after missing a majority of the early-season schedule due to the fact he is unvaccinated against COVID-19, which made him ineligible to compete in numerous activities, including the Australian Open.

He looked back to his usual dominant level in the Italian Open, which marked his fourth tournament since mid-April after playing just one in the year’s first 3.5 months.

Not only did Djokovic win the title without dropping a set, he did so against a tough group of opponents: Aslan Karatsev, Stan Wawrinka, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Casper Ruud and Tsitsipas.

The 34-year-old Serbian looked downright unstoppable in the first set Sunday en route to a 6-0 clean sweep. His Greek counterpart played better in the second set, eventually forcing a tiebreaker, but the top seed won the breaker 7-5 to capture the championship.

“I have been building my form for the past couple of weeks, and I knew that my best shape on clay usually comes around Rome time, so it could not be better going into Roland Garros with a title,” Djokovic said after the win.

He extended his own record with a 38th Masters 1000 title.

It’s hard to consider anyone other than Nadal, a 13-time French Open champion, the favorite at the season’s second Grand Slam event. Carlos Alcaraz has also been on quite a roll leading up to the event at Roland Garros, which gets underway May 22.