The Highest Paying ATP Events

The Highest Paying ATP Events

A rule of thumb for approximating the prize money an event pays out to the champion is to multiply the ATP points earned by 1000. For example, 500 events will roughly pay out $500,000 to the champion (500 ATP points x 1000). 

However as prize money continuously increases this rule of thumb will have to change. There is also prize money variation between same level tournaments which is what we will be focusing on below by listing the highest paying events per event category. We are only analysing singles data, doubles prize money is significantly less. 

In case you were wondering, all variation in prize money is limited within event categories (no 250 pays more than any 500, no 500 pays more than any 1000 etc).

250 Event: Doha

  • Doha is held during the first week of the ATP tour in Qatar. 
  • Prize money for the 2018 champion was $218,180.
  • The 2018 edition was won by Gael Monfils. 
  • The 2nd highest paying 250 event is Chengdu which pays $183,435 to the champion.

500 Event: China Open

  • The China Open is held in the first week of October in Beijing. 
  • Prize money for the 2017 champion was $652,370.
  • The 2017 edition was won by Rafael Nadal.
  • The 2nd highest paying 500 event is Barcelona which pays $573,185 to the champion.

Masters 1000: Indian Wells/Miami

  • Both of these events pay the exact same amount to the champion.
  • Indian Wells is held over the first two weeks of March in California. 
  • Miami is held over the second two weeks of March in Florida. 
  • Prize money for the 2018 champions was $1,340,860.
  • The 2018 edition of Indian Wells was won by Juan Martin Del Potro.
  • The 2018 edition of Miami was won by John Isner.
  • The next highest paying Masters 1000 is Shanghai which pays $1,192,780 to the champion.

ATP Finals

  • Although this is only one tournament there is varying amount of prize money that can be won by the champion.
  • The prize money for an undefeated champion in 2017 was $2,549,000.
  • Based on the 2017 prize money, the lowest amount a champion could earn is $2,126,000. This would occur if an alternate played and won only 1 round robin match before winning in the semifinal and final. This is calculated not only from match wins but also participation and alternate fees. 
  • The 2017 edition was won by Grigor Dimitrov who went undefeated. 

Grand Slam: US Open

  • The US Open is held over 2 weeks in August/September in New York. 
  • Prize money for the 2017 champion was $3,700,000.
  • The 2017 edition was won by Rafael Nadal.
  • The 2nd highest paying Grand Slam is Wimbledon which pays $3,124,209 to the champion.

The 5 Highest Paying Events

  • 5) ATP Finals: $2,549,000 (maximum)
  • 4) French Open: $2,708,809
  • 3) Australian Open: $3,098,720
  • 2) Wimbledon: $3,124,209
  • 1) US Open: $3,700,000

 

 

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