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With $4.4 Million ATP Finals Win, Novak Djokovic Surpasses Victor Wembanyama and 448 Other NBA Stars’ 2023 Earnings

Published 11/20/2023, 3:25 PM EST

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The NBA is among the most-watched sports pro leagues in the world. While a global fanbase ensures that its popularity grows each year, this means through the years, the athletes who play at the highest level have seen significant pay rises. For instance, the player with the highest salary in the league right now is Stephen Curry, earning $51 Million. However, only top-tier greats earn that much. Despite being more popular than many other athletes, rookie Victor Wembanyama is yet to reach that level.

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Recently, this was exemplified by Novak Djokovic’s ATP Finals Win. The tennis great not only surpasses the 7’4 rookie but also most NBA players in general. The breakdown of his yearly earnings will provide a clearer picture.

Novak Djokovic leaves Victor Wembanyama and most of the NBA players behind after a recent victory


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Novak Djokovic concluded a remarkable season with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Jannik Sinner at the 2023 ATP Finals in Turin, Italy. The 36-year-old secured his seventh title in this exclusive event, surpassing Roger Federer, and earned a substantial prize of $4.41 million.

The championship victory boosted Djokovic’s annual prize earnings to nearly $16 million. Despite participating in just 12 events, his exceptional performance allowed him to outpace the competition by over 2,000 ranking points and a substantial $5 million margin ahead of Carlos Alcaraz. It’s worth noting that Djokovic’s eligibility for additional cash rewards from the ATP Bonus Pool could be in question because of his absence from several Masters 1000 tournaments.


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This places the tennis great above NBA stars like Victor Wembanyama who earns about $12,160,632. Not only Wemby, but 448 other NBA players earn less compared to what Djokovic has this season because of his ATP Finals victory. However, with his performance so far, the 7’4 rookie is poised to earn much more.

Wemby in the NBA so far

Victor Wembanyama showcased his talent in his official NBA debut, despite the Spurs‘  losing 126-119 to the Dallas Mavericks. The 7’4″ forward/center scored an impressive 15 points in just 23 minutes of play, although they limited his time on the court due to early foul trouble. Despite the loss, Wembanyama’s first regular season game against the Mavericks drew significant attention, making it the most-watched opening night game in over ten years.


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However, the San Antonio Spurs have struggled in the ongoing ‘In-Season’ NBA tournament, prompting the team to address and enhance various aspects of their game. To compete at an elite level against other NBA teams, Coach Popovich will need to devise a solid strategy for improvement.

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Written by:

Akashdeep Banerjee


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Akashdeep Banerjee is an NBA writer at Essentially Sports. After Graduating in Journalism and Mass Communication he forayed into visual Media. A fan of the NBA for the better part of a decade.
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Caroline Joseph