February Money List: Belinda Bencic banks big bucks

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Belinda Bencic celebrates her victory at the WTA tournament in Dubai (Getty Images)
Belinda Bencic earns more than half-a-million US dollars thanks to her victory in Dubai, seeing her top the money list for February ahead of Rotterdam champion Gael Monfils.

Belinda Bencic was the biggest earner in February thanks to her resounding performance at the Dubai Tennis Championships.

Bencic, who has struggled for the past couple of years with several injuries, stormed through the field at the US$2.83 million tournament in the Middle East and returned to the top 25 as a result.

Gael Monfils and Laslo Djere – champions at ATP 500 events in Rotterdam and Rio – also featured in the top five in this month’s Money List.

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In all, there were 14 tournaments – WTA events in St Petersburg, Hua Hin, Doha, Dubai and Budapest, and ATP stops in Cordoba, Montpellier, Sofia, Rotterdam, New York, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Delray Beach and Marseille – counted in the February Money List.

Player Earnings ($US) Activity
1 Belinda Bencic $522,385 The Swiss youngster beat four top-10 opponents en route to the equal-biggest title of her career, after Toronto in 2015.
2 Gael Monfils $488,784 Monfils also collected the equal-biggest title of his career thanks to victory in Rotterdam, a triumph earning him €405,030.
3 Laslo Djere $374,980 Ranked No.90, Djere started in Rio with an upset of No.1 seed Dominic Thiem and carried than momentum through the week to notch his first tour-level title.
4 Petra Kvitova $282,010 A month on from her stunning Australian summer, Petra Kvitova improved her 2019 win-loss record to 17-4 after a run to the final in Dubai.
5 Stan Wawrinka $236,171 Wawrinka continued his return to form with an appearance in the Rotterdam final.

Next best: Daniil Medvedev ($218,640). The young Russian enjoyed a prolific month in February, winning the title in Sofia and building a seven-match winning streak before going down in the semifinals of Rotterdam.

Next month will see a great deal more prize money on offer, with ATP 500 events in Dubai and Acapulco followed by the prestigious joint events in Indian Wells and Miami to round out March.

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