Newly crowned World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, has increased his record career earnings on the ATP Tour to $143.06 million after his Australian Open title triumph, extending his lead over second placed Roger Federer and third placed Rafael Nadal, according to Inside Sport.
Djokovic, the 17-time Grand Slam champion, won his 8th Australian Open title and now has $143,06 million and is the highest earner among the tennis fraternity in the history of the game. Federer, the 20-time Grand Slam champion, has reportedly earned over a billion dollars (including off court earnings) and is the first tennis player to achieve that feat.
He reached the semi-finals in Australia losing to Djokovic and has earned $129.94 million in career prize money so far. Spain's Rafael Nadal, who was beaten by runner-up Dominic Thiem, has won 19 Grand Slams and 12 French Open champions.
He has earned $120,583,119 and is the third-highest earner in the game. Former World No. 1 Andy Murray, who has missed several months in recent times due to injuries and surgeries, is fourth on the list with $61,544,007 while Stan Wawrinka comes in fifth place with $34,228,252.
On the women's side, Serena Williams is by far the highest earning player with earnings of $92,715,122. She is only a couple of big titles away from becoming the first female tennis player to break the $100 million dollar barrier.
Her sister, Venus Williams, comes in second place with total earnings of $41,801,056. Former World No. 1 Maria Sharapova comes in third place with earnings of $38,777,962. In fourth place is Romania's Simona Halep, who has earned $35,852,794 while in fifth place is the recently retired Dane Caroline Wozniacki, who has earned $35,233,415.