65. The Estoril Diaries: Day 4

Following his win over Paul-Henri Mathieu in the second round of the Millennium Estoril Open in Portugal, I had the opportunity to ask Gilles Simon in his post-match press conference about the distribution of prize money at Wimbledon this year, announced by the All England Lawn Tennis Club on Tuesday. I have produced the transcript…

62. The Estoril Diaries: Day 2

On a day when Wimbledon widened the gap in prize money between the haves and the have-nots (see text following the interview), I interviewed Steven Diez, a qualifier here in Estoril, who this year has also had to play Futures tournaments. Grand Slams and ATP events belong to the top tier of men’s professional tennis.…

57. Analysing ATP and WTA prize money

Tennis is having quite a year: widespread allegations of match-fixing in January; Maria Sharapova’s admission earlier this month of testing positive for the hitherto obscure meldonium; and now, sexism. Raymond Moore, now the former CEO of the Indian Wells tournament, resigned this week following crude comments about the strength of the women’s game: the women’s…

51. Adjusted for inflation, the ATP’s current elite are the best paid ever

This post was first published by Ubitennis on 11 January 2016 at the following link: http://www.ubitennis.net/blog/2015/12/30/djokovic-5-years-of-out-earning-and-out-playing-federer-and-nadal-combined/ Prize money in men’s professional tennis in recent years has become the subject of increased attention. Part of the reason has simply been the size of the rewards on offer: Djokovic earned USD 21.6m in 2015 alone; a recent article for…

50. Djokovic: 5 years of out-earning (and out-playing) Federer and Nadal combined

This post was first published by Ubitennis on 30 December 2015 at the following link: http://www.ubitennis.net/blog/2015/12/30/djokovic-5-years-of-out-earning-and-out-playing-federer-and-nadal-combined/ The previous article in this series analysed how Djokovic had earned USD 21.6m of prize money in 2015. One of the questions that naturally follow from this is how Djokovic’s prize money earnings compare to those of his two main…

49. Djokovic’s millions

This post was first published by Ubitennis on 22 December 2015 at the following link: http://www.ubitennis.net/blog/2015/12/22/djokovics-millions-adjusting-for-inflation-but-for-excellence/ In 2015, Novak Djokovic won USD 21.6m in prize money, the most any one player has won in a single year. To some this is an astonishing figure, underscoring Djokovic’s current dominance – he won 3 of the 4 slams.…