Be present at a historical moment - when the world’s greatest tennis stars come to London for the ATP World Tour finals, the finale of the tennis year and the moment a champion of champions is crowned.
Each year the ATP World Tour sees the eight top-ranking players from all tennis’s major tournaments battling it out to be crowned the ultimate champion - earning the sport’s most prestigious title and a huge cash prize. With this year’s Finals rapidly approaching, thousands of fans will be fighting to get their hands on ATP World Tour Finals tickets. GetMeIn.com can get you in.
Current names qualified for the prize tennis final are world number one Rafael Nadal and former number one Roger Federer, while Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Andy Roddick are among those hoping to finish in the year’s top eight and play in this spectacular final tournament.
But who is the champion of champions? Here are the top ten ATP earners in tennis, based on ATP prize money won in their career to date*:
Roger Federer - ATP earnings to date: $57,439,704
Currently ranking 3rd in the world, but ranked number one for 285 weeks of his career, the 29-year-old Swiss has earned over $4,000,000 in 2010. He is currently second in the ATP World Tour’s points league. Since he became the number one junior player in the world in 1998, he has won 63 singles titles, been the first player to win 15 Grand Slam singles titles, finished as ATP World Tour Champion four times and reached all four Grand Slam titles in 2009. Having completing his Career Grand Slam (as it is known in the tennis world). Roger Federer is already qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals this year. ?
Pete Sampras - Total ATP earnings: $43,280,489
Cited alongside Federer as one of the greatest tennis players of all time, a former world number one tennis player for a record-breaking 286 weeks, US-born but Greek-blooded Pete Sampras had racked up 64 singles titles at the close of an impressive 15-year tennis career in 2002. He became the youngest men’s champion at the age of 19 when he won the US Open in 1990, went on to win 14 of the 18 Grand Slam singles finals he played and won five ATP World Tour Finals. All this means he is frequently regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.
Rafael Nadal - ATP earnings to date: $33,755,902
Currently the world number one and top of the ATP Tour league, the 24-year-old Spaniard has won over $7,000,000 in 2010. He was only 15 when he won his first ATP match in 2002 and has since gone on to win 42 singles titles. Though a natural right-hander, he was famously coached by his uncle as a left-handed player, and has used this advantage to win nine Grand Slam singles titles, a record 18 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments. He completed the Career Golden Slam by winning all four Grand Slams as well as an Olympic Gold Medal. Currently qualified for the 2010 ATP World Tour Finals, he is set to work his way up in the top 10 ATP earner’s list.
Andre Agassi - Total ATP earnings: $31,152,975
A world number one tennis player for 101 weeks of his career, this charismatic American appeared on the scene as a 16-year-old in 1986 and won his first Grand Slam, Wimbledon, in 1992. He was the only player in history to win a Career Super Slam by winning all four Grand Slams, an Olympic Singles Gold Medal and the ATP World Tour Finals. In total, Andre has also won eight Grand Slam singles tournaments and taken home 60 singles titles before injuries forced him to retire in 2006 after an impressive 17-year career. He is married to multiple Grand Slam women’s champion Steffi Graff.?
Boris Becker - Total ATP earnings: $25,080,956
With a number one ranking for 12 weeks of his 16-year career, the ginger German famously became the youngest player ever to win Wimbledon at the age of 17 in 1985, entering the tournament as an unseeded player. He went on to win 49 singles titles in total, of which six were Grand Slams and three ATP World Tour Finals, before retiring from professional tennis in 1999. His impressive career meant that in 2003 he was inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame. ?
Yevgeny Kafelnikov - Total ATP earnings: $23,883,797
After making his debut in 1992, Yevgeny was the first ever Russian to become the world’s number one in any sport, spending six weeks of his career at the top of tennis in 1999. In total he won 26 singles titles including the French and Australian Grand Slams and an Olympic Gold Medal, as well as four Grand Slam doubles titles. He was the only man to win both the singles and doubles titles at a Grand Slam (French in 1996). Early on in his career, he was named as the ATP most improved player of the year in 1994 when he climbed 93 places in one year. He retired from professional tennis in 2003, but is now currently shining on the ATP Champions Tour, where he is third, behind Thomas Enqvist and Goran Ivanisevic. ?
Ivan Lendl - Total ATP earnings: $21,262,417
One of the most dominant players of the 1980s, the Czechoslovakia-born US citizen started his professional career in 1978 and remained a top competitor into the early ‘90s before retiring in 1994 due to a bad back. During his 17-year pro career he was ranked as the world number one for 270 weeks and captured no fewer than 94 singles titles, of which eight were Grand Slams and five were ATP Tour Finals wins. He also took home six doubles titles. When he retired in 1994, he was the highest prizemoney-earner of his time.
Stefan Edberg - Total ATP earnings: $20,630,941
Another ex-world number one, Swedish Stefan famously battled it out with Boris Becker during the 80s and 90s and is known for his serve-and-volley grasscourt style. After an impressive junior start, he came to the scene in 1983 and in his career spent a total of 72 weeks at the number one ranking. He also won a total of 42 singles titles, of which six were Grand Slams and one was an ATP World Tour Finals win. His doubles career is impressive too, winning 18 doubles pro titles of which three were Grand Slams. He retired from professional tennis in 1996, but is currently taking part in the ATP Champions Tour.?
Goran Ivanisevic - Total ATP earnings: $19,876,579
Best known for being the only person to win the men’s singles Wimbledon title as a wildcard entry in 2001, this Croatian tennis player has a career-high ranking of world number two. He first came on the scene in 1988 and made his first real impact when beating Boris Becker in 1990 during the first round of the French Open men’s singles. In total he won 22 singles titles including one Grand Slam title, before retiring from the game in 2004. He has recently returned to the game with an impressive ranking on the ATP Champions Tour, currently lying second, and a long way ahead of Pat Cash and John McEnroe among others.?
Michael Chang - Total ATP earnings: $19,145,632
US player Michael Chang was a tennis child prodigy, famously became the youngest male player ever to win a Grand Slam singles title (his only one) at the French Open in 1989, aged 17. His junior career had already seen him set numerous ‘youngest-ever‘ records, setting the scene for 34 singles titles in his adult career. Although he only ever reached a number two world ranking, he remained in the top ten ATP world rankings for several years of his career, and after retiring in 2003 was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2008.
Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to see the world’s greatest tennis players at London’s O2 Arena. With Federer and Nadal in the line-up and Brit favourite Andy Murray. The Barclays ATP World Tour finals, promises to be a highlight of the winter Tennis circuit. For tickets to this and other sports events visit GetMeIn.com.