Fabio Fognini’s first career Masters title in Monte Carlo saw the Italian star become the biggest prize money earner in April’s Money List.
Fognini won more than US$1 million for capturing the biggest title of his career, seeing him finish the month ahead of Barcelona champion Dominic Thiem.
Just four women – Petra Kvitova, Madison Keys, Anett Kontaveit and Caroline Wozniacki – featured among the top 20 earners in April.
ATP players benefitted from having a lucrative Masters-level event – offering a prize pool of almost US$6 million – at which to play, as well as the ATP 500 event in Barcelona, which awards the champion approximately four times as much in prize money as Premier-level events in Charleston and Stuttgart.
Of the 13 ATP 500 tournaments, Barcelona is the second-richest behind the China Open in Beijing.
1. Fabio Fognini – $1,072,237
The 31-year-old played and won his first ATP Masters final in Monte Carlo.
2. Dominic Thiem – $632,757
Defeated Nadal en route to his first Barcelona title, after a third-round finish in Monte Carlo.
3. Daniil Medvedev – $559,275
Consistent Russian backed up his semifinal finish in Monte Carlo with a run to the final in Barcelona.
4. Dusan Lajovic – $540,016
The Serbian surged to his first tour-level final of any kind in Monte Carlo without dropping a set.
5. Rafael Nadal – $422,806
Back-to-back semifinals in Monte Carlo and Madrid saw Nadal round out the top five in April.
Top female earner: Petra Kvitova ($153,276).
Kvitova was the 10th-biggest earner on the April list after walking away with the WTA Stuttgart title. In addition to her pay cheque, she also drove away with a brand new Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet.
Next month, players will be competing for large prize money purses at combined events in Madrid and Rome, as well as several lower-level tour events in the lead-up to Roland Garros.
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