January is typically a big money-earner for players thanks to the Australian Open, and as a result of their triumphs at Melbourne Park, Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka find themselves at the top of this month’s money list.
However, Djokovic just shaded Osaka in earnings despite both players advancing to the semifinals of their respective tune-up events.
Australian Open finalists Petra Kvitova and Rafael Nadal also found their way into the top five, as did semifinalist Karolina Pliskova, a champion in Brisbane.
With nothing separating players who reached the same stage of the Australian Open, places in this month’s money list came down to who performed better at lead-in events contested in Australasia and the Middle East.
In all, there were eight tournaments – Doha, Brisbane, Pune, Shenzhen, Auckland, Sydney, Hobart and the Australian Open – counted in the January Money List.
|1||Novak Djokovic||$3,115,424||Djokovic won just over $3 million for his seventh Australian Open triumph, and bolstered that slightly with $64,975 for advancing to the semifinals of the ATP tournament in Doha, Qatar.|
|2||Naomi Osaka||$3,104,114||Osaka won her second straight Grand Slam tournament at the Australian Open, and in January also earned $53,665 following a semifinal appearance at the Brisbane International.|
|3||Petra Kvitova||$1,679,805||The Czech enjoyed a lucrative month in January, earning just over $140,000 for her triumph at the Sydney International and riding an 11-match winning streak into the Australian Open final, which banked her an extra $1.52 million.|
|4||Rafael Nadal||$1,525,225||Rafa’s only tournament appearance in January was at the Australian Open, where he earned a healthy-sized finalist’s cheque.|
|5||Karolina Pliskova||$873,311||Like Kvitova, fellow Czech Pliskova won one of the prestigious Australian Open lead-in events; she earned $188,000 for her victory at the Brisbane International before backing that up with a run to the semis in Melbourne.|
Next best: Stefanos Tsitsipas (US$699,926). The Greek star separated himself from fellow Australian Open semifinalists Danielle Collins and Lucas Pouille – who both fell in the first round of their Australian Open tune-ups – by advancing to the quarterfinals of the Sydney International.
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