5 Highest Earning Seasons in Tennis History Featuring Novak Djokovic’s Unparalleled Dominance

Published 12/19/2023, 9:32 AM EST

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Tennis is a sport which can make players quite wealthy. However, the competition is high, and only a handful of players manage to earn enough to become a part of the uber-wealthy. While the players in the top 50 earn well enough, the discussion becomes completely different when talking about the top 5 earning players of each season.

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Recently, a list was released showing Novak Djokovic as the highest-earning player this season. His earnings this year, despite the few tournaments he played, enabled him to make it into the list of the top 5 earnings in a season in the ATP for the third time. 

Novak Djokovic 2015

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Novak Djokovic had one of his most dominant years in 2015. He played in the final of all slams and won three, losing to Stan Wawrinka in 2015. He won approximately $9 million only from grand slams. To take his year a step further, he won six out of eight masters tournaments he played, but, once again, played in all finals. He also played in an ATP 250 event in Qatar and the Dubai Duty Free Championships, an ATP 500 event.

To show his dominance further, Djokovic also won the ATP Finals in 2015, adding a handsome $2.06 million to his sum. Winning almost all events he played also enabled him to receive the ATP bonus of $2.82 million. The Serbinator ended the year with a whopping $21,146,145, the highest a player has earned in an ATP season in the history of the sport.

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Rafael Nadal 2019

Following Djokovic is one of his biggest rivals, Rafael Nadal. The King of Clay has had many great years, but none have worked more wonders for him than the 2019 season. Rafa would enter the final stages of all the slams and play in the final of three. He won the French Open and the US Open in 2019 while reaching the final of the Australian Open. 

This would earn him a handsome sum of approximately $7,841,693 from the grand slam finals. He also won two Masters titles and played in the semifinals of four ATP 1000 tournaments. To add to a dominant year, he would also win the Davis Cup with Spain. Rafa ended the 2019 season with a whopping sum of $16,349,586, the highest of his career.

Andy Murray 2016

Andy Murray is an edition on the list which would delight tennis fans. After training hard for years on end, the Briton finally managed to break through all the barriers to end the year ranked 1. He played in the final of the Australian and the French Open and won the Wimbledon for the second time. It became his third and final slam title. He managed to earn an impressive $4,792,560 from the slam final in 2016.

To stud his 2016 season further, Murray won three Masters titles and reached an additional two finals in the ATP 1000 series. He also won the ATP Finals in 2016 and added a second Olympic gold medal to his tally. It would unfortunately be his last dominant season, as he would face several injuries from 2017, disabling him from playing tennis at the top level. Regardless, he managed to earn $16,327,821, solidifying his name in tennis history.

Novak Djokovic 2018

Djokovic makes a resurgence on this list as he ran down many players he faced in the 2018 season. He did not have a great start to the season as he was ousted from Australia in round 4 and in France from the quarterfinals. He would also find it difficult to bring significant competition to any Masters tournaments. But he wouldn’t stay dormant for long.

He returned to his blazing form in Wimbledon, winning the tournament in a great fashion. He would also go on to win the US Open, along with the Cincinnati Masters and Shanghai Masters, and he would also play a final in Paris. The Serbian star also played in the final match of the ATP Finals, ending the year ranked 1. Djokovic saw great rewards for his efforts as he ended 2018 with $15,967,184 in earnings. 

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Novak Djokovic 2023

Djokovic would enter the list a third time as he closed out the current season in a blazing fashion once again. Starting the year, he won the Australian Open, followed by a French Open title, a Wimbledon final and a US Open title. He created the record for grand slam titles and made it his third year for four slam final appearances. The Djoker earned a mind-boggling $9,172,715 from appearances in grand slams.

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He only appeared in four Masters tournaments throughout the year but managed to win two titles with little difficulty. It paved the way for his appearance in the ATP Finals, which he also won after a minor setback. He also became the highest earning player in tennis due to his efforts. His wins throughout the year helped him raise $15,936,097 for his payout, making it the fifth-largest-earning ATP season for a player. 

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