Nadal extends lead atop prize money table for the year

The four hour, 50 minutes on the show court at Flushing Meadows on Sunday gave Roger Federer a  7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 verdict over Daniil Medvedev – 10 years younger than the 33-year-old Spaniard; his 19th career Grand Slam title – only one behind legend Roger Federer; second Grand Slam win of the year – after the French Open; the fourth US Open Trophy – the other three coming in 2010, 2013 and 2017; and the biggest prize purse in professional tennis ever – $ 3,850,000.

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The record prize purse ever at the US Open and the Grand Slam history also consolidated Nadal’s position as leading prize winner on the ATP Circuit for the year. With the $3.85 million coming along with the last Grand Slam trophy of the year, Nadal has reached $ 11.9 million in earnings from playing on the circuit in 2019. Novak Djokovic in the second positon and leader in the career prize money table has aggregated $9.4 million this year, almost 30% more than the richest tennis star ever Roger Federer’s $5.29 million prize earnings for the season.

Nadal’s success story for 2019 includes two Grand Slam titles – the French Open and the US Open; a runners-up position in the season opener Australian Open and the semi-finals exit at the Wimbledon.

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The table below shows details of  Nadal’s prize purse for the year:

Event Prize Money =US$
Australian Open A$2,050,000 $ 1,405,800
Mexican Open $24,470
Indian Wells Masters $354,000
Monte-Carlo Masters €248,745 $274,370
Barcelona Open €128,000 $141,000
Madrid Open €312,215 $344,370
Italian Open €958,055 $1,089,800
French Open €2,300,000 $2,536,000
Wimbledon Championships £588,000 $719,000
Canadian Open $1,049,040
US Open $3,850,000

Even as Nadal consolidates his position in the career earning with $11.9 million earnings in 2019, to catch up with the all-time table topper Novak Djokovic ($135,259,120) and second-placed Roger Federer ($126,840,700) remains a big ask for him.

However, the 33-year-old Spanish veterans’ position in the top three career prize money aggregators is secured for a long time to come as the next best Any Murray ($61,264,465) and Pete Sampras ($43,280,489) are out of the race and among the current active players on the circuit Cilic Marin in the tenth position ($27,302,364) has also entered his thirties.