Prize Money Comparison Between Roger Federer’s Laver Cup and Davis Cup

Published 09/23/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – SEPTEMBER 22: Team Europe pose with the trophy after winning the Laver Cup in the final match of the tournament during Day Three of the Laver Cup 2019 at Palexpo on September 22, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Laver Cup will see six players from the rest of the World competing against their counterparts from Europe. Team World is captained by John McEnroe and Team Europe is captained by Bjorn Borg. The tournament runs from September 20-22. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for Laver Cup )


On the ATP Calendar, the Davis Cup and Laver Cup are two unique events, especially in terms of their format. While Davis Cup is contested annually between teams from competing countries in a knock-out format, the Laver Cup is a competition between Team Europe vs. Team World.

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Although the Laver Cup, which started in 2017, is just four years old, it has become equally popular, if not more, among tennis fans as the Davis Cup, an event that dates back to 1900.

MADRID, SPAIN – NOVEMBER 24: (L-R) Marcel Granollers, Feliciano Lopez, Pablo Carreno Busta, Roberto Bautista Agut and Rafael Nadal pose for a photo as Roberto Bautista Agut lifts the trophy following their victory over Canada during Day Seven of the 2019 Davis Cup at La Caja Magica on November 24, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Since both events have a different format than other ATP tournaments, as a result, the breakdown of its prize money is also distinct. Here’s a breakdown of the prize money received by players in the Laver Cup compared to the Davis Cup.

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Prize money at Laver Cup

Laver Cup has a total prize money pool of around $2.25 million. The six players of the winning team receive $250,000 while the players of the losing team get a check of $125,000 each. Thus, the winning team gets a total of $1.5 million while the losing team settles for $750,000.

As per some reports, Rafael Nadal took home $2 million for participating in the 2019 edition. Therefore, apart from the prize money, the management gives an exorbitant amount to players just for participating in the event.

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PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC – SEPTEMBER 22: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Tomas Berdych, Thomas Enqvist and Fernando Verdasco of Team Europe celebrate as they watch the singles match between Dominic Thiem of Team Europe and John Isner of Team World on the first day of the Laver Cup on September 22, 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic. The Laver Cup consists of six European players competing against their counterparts from the rest of the World. Europe will be captained by Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe will captain the Rest of the World team. The event runs from 22-24 September. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup)

Prize money at Davis Cup

For the 2019 Davis Cup, the total prize money was £16 million, an amount that was distributed between the players and their national federations based upon the team’s performance.

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In 2019, the winning players shared £1.8 million and their federation received £910,000. The runners-up split a prize of £1.29 million, with £623,000 going to the federation.

In comparison, the Laver Cup, having fewer teams and that too comprising all the top-ranked players, has a higher potential to offer more prize money in the coming years. However, with the Davis Cup evoking a sense of national pride among players, it would always have a special place in their hearts.

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Kshitij Tayal

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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