This weekend, Wimbledon 2023 reaches its dramatic conclusion on Centre Court.
Some of the biggest names from Grand Slam record-holder Novak Djokovic, to Ukrainian Elina Svitolina and 20-year-old top seed Carlos Alcaraz remain in the fight for the most prestigious trophy in tennis.
But the final stages of this year’s Championships are also notable by their absences, including titans of the era Roger Federer and Serena Williams, who both retired last year.
In 2023, the Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ singles champions are set to take home more than ever before – £2.35million – a 17.5 percent increase on last year.
With such a sizeable windfall about to be decided, Express.co.uk has charted the all-time career earnings of the richest icons of the game.
Unsurprisingly, the indomitable Serb Novak Djokovic tops the list on the Men’s tour. Having turned pro in 2003, the 36-year-old has racked up an unparalleled number of tournament victories over his 20-year career.
With 23 Grand Slam titles already to his name, on Tuesday he overcame the challenge of Andrey Rublev to reach his 46th semi-final.
Ranked world No. 1 for an untouchable 389 weeks across 12 different years, the defending Wimbledon champion is this year in contention to equal Roger Federer’s record of eight trophies at the All England Club.
He has reaped the financial rewards of this lasting success, raking in just under £131million in prize money – and he’s showing no signs of stopping any time soon.
In second place comes Spaniard Rafael Nadal, nicknamed the King of Clay for his dominance on the surface that has seen him win Roland Garros 14 times.
Currently just behind Djokovic with 22 career Grand Slam titles to his name, the 37-year-old has won an impressive £104million since joining the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) in 2001.
Roger Federer – perceived by many as tennis’s greatest sportsman thanks to his effortless style and graciousness in victory – retired from the game last year, but not before amassing £100million in winnings.
He is followed by home star Andy Murray (£49million), who in 2013 became the first British player to win the Wimbledon Gentlemen’s singles since Fred Perry in 1936. He was knocked out in the second round this year by 24-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Serena Williams turned pro at the age of just 15, and two years later she saw off Swiss legend Martina Hingis in straight sets to win the 1999 US Open. A further 22 Grand Slam titles would follow over a career that spanned the best part of three decades.
Having also enjoyed an illustrious run of 14 major tournament doubles victories she is the only player in history to have accomplished a career Golden Slam – winning all four Opens and an Olympic gold medal – in both singles and doubles.
Stepping away from the game last September, the 41-year-old American made plain her dislike of the word “retirement”, instead saying at the time: “I’m here to tell you that I’m evolving away from tennis, toward other things that are important to me.”
Her £73million total winnings are unmatched in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA).
Venus Williams – Serena’s older sister, long-time doubles partner and occasional championship final rival – comes second, having amassed a tennis fortune of just under £33million.
In 2021 she made a record-breaking 90th Grand Slam match appearance at Wimbledon, and is currently in her 30th year on the WTA Tour and still going strong age 43.
The Williams sisters are followed by Romanian Simona Halep (£31million), Russian Maria Sharapova (£30million) and Czech Petra Kvitová (£28million).