Unequal distribution of prize money

The most successful player on the track in 2014 (Indian Wells, Miami, Rome, Wimbledon, Beijing, Percy and then the Masters), Novak Djokovic, world number one at the end of the season for the third time in his career, logically reaches the highest prize money (total tournament earnings, excluding guarantees ), raising $14.3 million in twelve months. That’s much more than the French top 100 combined (Tsonga, Gasquet, Monfils, Simon, Benneteau, Chardy, Mannarino, Roger-Vasselin and Paul-Henri Mathieu), who weigh in at $9.98 million between them.

The Serbian alone actually had as many as 33 players ranked 68th and 100th (14.1 million), just below Federer Nadal’s duo, second and third in the world (9.4 and 3 respectively). 6.7 million).

Djokovic has surpassed Nadal, Tsonga 22 overall in his career

Thanks to his performance and also due to the general inflation in tournament earnings (associated with increased ticket prices, TV contracts, etc.), especially in the last rounds of Grand Slam events, Novak Djokovic points, at just 27 years old, the second highest-earning player in the competition. With a total of $72.4 million, he is second only to Roger Federer (88.6 million) and doubled in 2014 by Rafael Nadal, third (71.4 million).

Previous glories lag far behind: Pete Sampras is fourth (45.3 million), ahead of Andre Agassi (6, 31.2), Boris Becker (7, 25.1), Evan Lendl (10, 21.3) or Stefan Edberg (12, 20.6). John McEnroe is 30 (12.6), behind Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (22, 14.4), French 1st, or Nikolai Davydenko (17, 16.2).

Top 10 countries in the world focus half of the gains, the “Big Three” in a quarter

Unequal redistribution of income is a frequent debate in the tennis world, particularly between the major circuit (ATP) and the minor circuit (challengers and receivers). On November 24, the 24-year-old Argentine player, ranked 1355th in the world, Tomas Bojas, posted an open letter on his Facebook page addressed to the International Federation (ITF), in which he explained, beyond his main claim regarding the facilities of the future In Temuco in Chile, which “Only a hundred people in the whole world can make a living from this sport. Does that seem normal to you? The rest of us get nothing.”

Roger Federer is the player who has won the most prize money in his career. (the team)

If the amounts remain high (ranked 100, Go Soeda earned $131,346 in 2014), the gap mentioned by Buchhass also appears within the top 100, global elite actress. With 59.6 million prize money earned in 2014, the world’s top ten players, certainly the main source of attraction, held nearly half (48.08%) when the only “Big Three”, embodied by Djokovic, Nadal and Federer, took back a quarter of the booty (24.52%). ).

Edward Roger Vaslin, 87, won 5 more times in 2014 than Ricardas Beranques, 86

The only reading of the ATP rankings, at the end of the season, does not make it possible to infer the hierarchy regarding prize money. 87th in the world, Edward Roger Vaslin, $1.16 million in earnings in 2014 ($555,751 in singles), so the total is 24th of the ring. How do we explain it? 40th in the world on January 6, the Frenchman joined directly into the big table of 4 Grand Slams and 8 M1000s, giving him a big nest egg to add to his doubles wins.

On the contrary, Ricardas Beranques, who was one place ahead of him in the ranking, earned five times less profit in 2014 ($207,222). 130 On January 6, the 24-year-old Lithuanian did not pass the Grand Slam qualifiers and had his best performance in the Challenger High School (wins in Andrea and Astana).

Like “ERV”, they are eight members of the top 100 to earn 20 or more places in the prize money rankings. We find Marcel Granollers (from 46 to 22), eighth in the world in doubles, and Evan Dodig (from 96 to 35), who slipped in the world rankings in 2014 (34 on January 6). A competitive singles player also in doubles and a drop in the top 100 of the year explains these ballooning prize money. This bothers reading this alternative ranking related to earnings and above all encourages us not to create standard profiles that go beyond the 30th position.

Ranking progression, profile and program: Three variables for prize money

Conversely, Jill Muller, who is ranked 47th in the world, only offers the 94th prize money in the ring ($263,430). Dropping to 366th in the world in early January, due to a left elbow injury, Luxembourg played mainly in the Challenge Circuit in 2014 (five wins), much less profitable, to finally return to the top 50 with nearly 80% of His points were collected (78.8) on the secondary circuit. Pablo Cuevas (30th in the world, 53rd in prize money) and Adrian Mannarino (44th, 62nd) are two other examples of the same dynamic.

Next time, don’t look at the top 100 players’ rankings to infer their income. Alternatively, take a look at his progress throughout the year, his profile (singles only, singles and doubles) and his tournament schedule.

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