Medvedev Beats Alcaraz To Top Spot In ATP 500 Bonus Pool Race

Medvedev Beats Alcaraz To Top Spot In ATP 500 Bonus Pool Race

by Nurein Ahmed

Daniil Medvedev pipped Carlos Alcaraz in the race to finish top in the ATP 500 Bonus Pool race and will account for the highest paycheck in that category.

The ATP announced this incentive as part of the 2023 season, whereby players who garner the most points at ATP 500-level tournaments and meet the qualifying requirement of playing at least four events of that level will stand to win a fraction of $1.3 million.

The bonus is to be shared among five players who have won the most points in the ATP 500 category. Carlos Alcaraz led the list, but his withdrawal from the Swiss Indoors left the door open for Daniil Medvedev to eclipse him, which he has.

Medvedev's final run in Vienna takes his points tally at ATP 500 tournaments to 1,690, ahead of Alcaraz who has 1,480 points. Vienna and Basel are the last two stops of the 500 tournaments, so the Russian is the overall winner and will receive a bonus pay of $600,000.

Alcaraz is now certain to finish in second place for which he will receive $300,000. Jannik Sinner (currently in fifth) could tie Alcaraz's points tally if he wins the title in Vienna.

Andrey Rublev finished in sixth position after losing in the Vienna Open semifinals to Sinner. Alex de Minaur occupies fifth place but can't add to his 1,160 points after an early exit in Basel, meaning he'll cash in on $75,000.

Rublev needed to defeat Sinner in the semifinal and one of Medvedev or Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final to eliminate de Minaur from the Top 5 and climb above Sinner and Alexander Zverev. Tallon Griekspoor's hopes ended with his quarterfinal defeat in Basel.

On the other hand, Alexander Zverev will finish fourth with additional $125,000 to his name thanks to his performances.


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