Sinner ended a 48-year wait for an Italian men's champion of a Grand Slam. The 22-year-old's hard-fought win on Sunday night was symbolic of the drought and the difficulty it took to get the job done. Sinner stormed back from two sets to love down to win in five.
Just a few months ago, Sinner's status as a national hero back in Italy was already sealed in folklore after he had steered his country to a second Davis Cup success in Malaga. That run included a stonking win over Novak Djokovic in a crucial singles rubber in the semifinal.
At this year's Australian Open, Sinner dethroned Djokovic again with a masterful performance in the semifinal and followed it up with a stunning comeback against the tireless Daniil Medvedev, who set the record for the most sets played in a Grand Slam.
Both players have earned tremendous sums of money for their efforts and commitment during the fortnight. The Russian World No. 3 came up short once again and will have to wait at least 11 months to have another crack at the Melbourne Slam after losing his third final there
Sinner is the top earner in 2024 despite playing just one tournament - the Australian Open. The prize money was simply lucrative such that the champion won more than any player who competed in warm-up tournaments beforehand.
Sinner received A$3,150,000, which is estimated to be $2,071,125 USD. Germany's Alexander Zverev is second on the list, with prize money amounting to $1,390,110.
Zverev made $739,185 from winning the United Cup and an additional A$990,000 (about $650,925 USD) for being an Australian Open semifinalist.
Medvedev ranked in third place ahead of Novak Djokovic and the third man to have made at least $1 million in the opening month of the season.
Like Sinner, Medvedev's only tournament in January was the Australian Open, where he received a paycheck amounting to A$1,725,000 ($1,134,187 USD) as a runner-up.