Alcaraz Breaks Top 10 In Career Prize Money Earnings After Roland Garros Win

Alcaraz Breaks Top 10 In Career Prize Money Earnings After Roland Garros Win

by Nurein Ahmed

Carlos Alcaraz won his first Roland Garros last Sunday and has moved into the Top 10 list of the wealthiest ATP players in history.

The ATP's prize money leaders list comprises the players with the highest earnings generated throughout their careers from the tennis courts, including active and retired stars.

Alcaraz now finds himself in this prestigious band for the first time. Last November, Alcaraz cracked the top 20 list of the highest prize money earners in tennis history, having banked the bulk of his funds from the beginning of the 2022 season.

That year, he properly announced his arrival on the big stage, defeating Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in back-to-back matches to win the Madrid Open.

Later that season, he captured his maiden Grand Slam at the US Open and became the youngest ATP World No. 1. The Spaniard has gone from strength to strength since, averaging one Grand Slam every season.

In 2023, he won Wimbledon, beating Djokovic in the final. Coming to this year's Roland Garros, there were question marks surrounding his fitness levels, having only played one warm-up tournament on clay.

But Alcaraz quelled the threat of injury or cramp derailing his campaign in Paris and was the last man standing when all was said and done. He defeated Alexander Zverev in the title match to fulfill one of his childhood dreams.

With that success, he collected a paycheck of €2,400,000, taking his career earnings to $31,543,329. This enabled him to move up to ninth in the all-time chart of top earners.

The list is headed by Djokovic, who has amassed over $180 million in his two decades at the highest level. Nadal ranks second, while retired Roger Federer is third. The Big 3 have each pulled in a nine-figure total.

Alcaraz still has a long way to go even to get remotely close to the top four, but with tournaments offering increased pay year-on-year, all he'll need is consistency in results at the top level in future years.


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