THE legendary Swedish pop group Abba should be adopted by the ATP as its signature voice after reading of the obscene amount of money earned by the game’s top men in 2023.

Jealous? You bet, but to those who still argue they are not getting paid enough, take a look at these eye-watering numbers …

The regular ATP Tour season has come to an end and it is no surprise to see Novak Djokovic leading the prize money stakes.

So here’s the list…

No. 1 Novak Djokovic. Photo: Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd

Novak Djokovic

Prize money in 2023: $15,936,097

The world No. 1 only competed in 13 tournaments in 2023. However, he did win seven of those including three Grand Slams, two ATP Masters 1000s and the ATP Finals in Turin.

No. 2 Carlos Alcaraz. Photo: Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd

Carlos Alcaraz
Prize money in 2023: $10,753,431

Alcaraz won six titles, including Wimbledon. Poor form and injuries marred the latter part of the year for the young Spaniard.

No. 3 Daniil Medvedev. Photo: Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd

Daniil Medvedev
Prize money in 2023: $9,239,679

The Russian won five titles in 2023, reaching the final of the US Open.

No. 4 Jannick Sinner. Photo: Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd

Jannik Sinner

Prize money in 2023: $8,349,392

Italian Sinner’s highlights was reaching the ATP Finals, beating Djokovic and making the final.

No. 5 Andrery Rublev (with Djokovic at the Australian Open in 2023). Photo: Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd

Andrey Rublev
Prize money in 2023: $5,488,934

It could have been more for the the young Russian, but poor discipline let him down. He has now lost nine Grand Slam quarter-finals.

No. 6 Alexander Zverev. Photo: Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd

Alexander Zverev
Prize money in 2023: $4,925,102

After a serious ankle injury Zverev has made a solid comeback, making the tope ten in the rankings.

No. 7 Stefanos Tsitsipas. Photo: Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd

Stefanos Tsitsipas
Prize money in 2023: $4,852,266

After making the final of the Australian Open the Greek had high hopes for 2023. Sadly, it was not be as he failed to maintain a level of consistency that could hav seen him double his earnings.

No. 8 Holger Rune (with Carlos Alcaraz (at Wimbledon). Photo: Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd

Holger Rune
Prize money in 2023: $4,163,930

One to watch in 2024, Rune has been steady all year and with another solid season under his belt we could see big things from Holger in the new year.


To put that into perspective, that figure would buy 2896 Toyota Corolla’s. Or for UK tennis fans, the wages of 1820 NHS nurses.

WIMBLEDON’S expansion plans suffered another predicted setback during the week after Wandsworth council voted unanimously to reject proposals for 38 new courts in neighbouring Wimbledon Park.

The application will now be referred to the Mayor of London’s office and the All England Club remains hopeful that it will still be given the green light.

“Naturally, we are disappointed by the London Borough of Wandsworth’s decision,” All England Club chief executive Sally Bolton said in a statement.

“Our proposals will deliver one of the greatest sporting transformations for London since 2012, alongside substantial benefits for the local community.”

The decision was welcomed by the pressure group Save Wimbledon Park (SWP), whose members have campaigned against the proposals.

“This result is very heartening,” SWP chairman Iain Simpson said.

“The councillors unanimously recognised the crucial point that this application provides no justification for so much harm to metropolitan open land, our precious green belt.”

Vasek Pospisil has joined the chorus of criticism oveer the use of different balls for different tournaments.
Photo: Tennis Australia/ NATASHA MORELLO

THE Ball issue we reported on last week has still not died down as Canadian Vasek Pospisil opened up about the issue and growing discontent between the ATP and players during the week.

Pospisil claimed about 50% of his colleagues have suffered injury one injury because of them.

“Players don’t talk about it openly,” Pospisil said. “I mean, how many wrist surgeries have we seen this year? I can name several players.”

Despite the ATP having a players’ council, Pospisil said that any ‘collaboration’ between the organisation and the players was a facade and that the complaints of the players ‘fall on deaf ears’.

“Players can complain, complain, complain; at the end of the day they don’t really have that much say in this sport,” Pospisil added.

Lleyton Hewitt said he would like to see the return of home and away ties. Photo: Tennis Australia/ ATP, PETER STAPLES

FORMER world No.1 and captain of the Australian Davis Cup team Lleyton Hewitt has been at it again criticising the current format of the event.

Hewitt said he would like to see the return of home and away ties for the semi-final and final stages of the event.

Speaking to reporters in Malaga on Monday, when asked what he would change about the event, Hewitt, 42, replied: “to how it was.”

“The No. 1 thing is home-and-away ties. I have watched plenty of vision the last few years, even back in the day when I was playing,” he said.

“Coming back here to Spain and remembering 2000. Rafa Nadal was carrying the flag onto the court in front of over 20,000 people, all booing and screaming against me, and it was still an unbelievable atmosphere. That’s what the Davis Cup was about.

“Whether we played home semis and finals in Rod Laver Arena or away in France, in Nice, or Barcelona, it was an unbelievable experience and some of my best memories. Some of my hardest memories, as well, but some of my very best.”

ARGENTINIAN David Nalbandian has been accused of harassment and stalking by his ex-partner, Rosario Araceli Torrado.

Nalbandian admitted to having installed the camera in the room of the apartment where his ex-girlfriend lived last June but explained in his defence that he never used it as the camera did not work.

Torrado, a model, reported Nalbandian for harassment, but due to lack of evidence, the case may be heard in a civil court in Buenos Aires.

“Do you want me to be honest? Yes, I put it on that day,” Nalbandian told local media. “I couldn’t see it because I don’t know what the Internet chaos is. It can’t be seen. I couldn’t see anything.”

WE’VE had images during the break in the season on players on tropical beaches, but Caroline Garcia has decided to take a break from the courts and explore Antarctica.

Garcia posted two clips from her trip where she can be seen on the balcony of her cruise, holding a cup of coffee as the ship passed through the Drake Passage, a stretch of water that connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and is known for its big waves and strong winds.

AND finally … an arrogant Novak Djokovic showed a side of his mentality as to why he will never be considered the GOAT compared to Federer or Nadal, when he lost his cool at the Davis Cup finals.

Djokovic angrily accused British fans of disrespecting him after sealing victory for Serbia over Great Britain in the quarterfinal.

The Serb was unhappy that fans were singing during his post-match interview.

“Learn how to respect players, how to behave yourselves, learn how to respect people, you shut up, you be quiet,” Djokovic shouted.

A bit rich from the antivaxxer who openly broke Australian immigration laws not that long ago.

Footnote: Jannick Sinner restored faith in tennis democracy as he beat Djokovic in singles and doubles to take Italy through to the final of the Davis Cup for their first time since 1008.