March money list: Del Potro tops the table

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Here are the five highest prize-money winners on tour in the month of March – and a look at what they did to earn their cheques.

Juan Martin del Potro’s recent winning ways have been handsomely rewarded in earnings.

The Argentine, who built a 15-match winning streak by winning titles in Acapulco and Indian Wells and advancing to the Miami semifinals, was the biggest prize money winner in the game in March with almost US$1.7 million.

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And that’s even without his Miami prize money; because the ATP event finishes on 1 April, we have not counted it in this month’s list. The concurrent WTA event in Miami ended on 31 March and has been factored into the list.

On the other hand, events like Dubai and Acapulco, which began in February but carried over into March, have been included this month as they weren’t captured in the February Money List.

In March, the completed events we counted were Dubai (ATP), Acapulco (ATP/WTA), Indian Wells ATP/WTA – plus the preceding WTA 125K event at the same venue – and Miami (WTA).

Below is a list of the five biggest earners in the past month – and what they did to accrue their prize money.

Player Earnings ($US) Activity
1 Juan Martin del Potro $1,694,990 Del Potro captured titles in Acapulco and Indian Wells; had Miami finished a day earlier to end within March, his semifinal run would have pushed him over the $2 million mark in this month alone.
2 Sloane Stephens $1,394,205 Stephens’ second-biggest career title in Miami, plus her drought-breaking quarterfinal run in Acapulco (for which she received just over $6,000) and third-round finish in Miami edged her ahead of Naomi Osaka.
3 Naomi Osaka $1,366,325 For triumphing at Indian Wells, Osaka won exactly the same prize money ($1.34 million) as Miami champion Stephens. But she did little else in March; her only other result was a second-round showing in Miami.
4 Jelena Ostapenko $701,550 Ostapenko fellowed her third-round appearance at Indian Wells with a trip to the final in Miami, not dropping a set before she came up against Stephens.
5 Daria Kasatkina $679,845 Kasatkina went all the way to the final at Indian Wells, but like Osaka crashed early in Miami; after a first-round bye, she lost her opening match at Key Biscayne to pocket $25,465.

Next best: Roger Federer. This Swiss star, thanks to his trip to the final at Indian Wells, banked $654,380 to see him fall just short of Daria Kasatkina in March.

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