Tennis superstar Carlos Alcaraz may have only just won his first Grand Slam title and still be in the infancy of his tennis career as a teenager – but his earnings are already astonishing.
The 19-year-old Spaniard, who became the youngest man to be ranked world No1 in the history of the sport following his maiden triumph at the US Open over Casper Ruud, made his Grand Slam debut just last year.
Having turned professional back in 2018, his most notable previous achievements include the 2022 Miami Open, the 2022 Madrid Open and a quarter-final at the French Open.
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With his Flushing Meadows victory adding $2,600,000 (£2,225,000) to his career earnings – he has now claimed a stunning $8,961,050 (£7,675,000). Which is just under 15% of 35-year-old Andy Murray's career total of $62,944,611 (£53,900,000).
Brit Murray sits fourth in the overall earnings for male players, with Roger Federer in third with £111m, Rafael Nadal in second with £112m and Novak Djokovic first with £136m.
The US Open prize money remains the biggest in tennis, with Wimbledon sitting at £2m, the French Open at £1.9m and the Australian Open at £1.7m.
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Although he has a long way to go to reach the 22 Grand Slam titles won by Nadal, neither Federer or Djokovic, who have won 20 and 21 respectively, managed to win any in their teens.
"This is something which I dreamt of since I was a kid, being number one in the world and a champion of a Grand Slam," said Alcaraz.
He added: "It is something I have worked very hard for. It is really, really special."
Alcaraz also showed his softer side in paying tribute to women's champion Iga Swiatek, who picked up her third Grand Slam title at the age of just 21.
Swiatek wrote: "Congratulations @carlosalcaraz and to you @CasperRuud98 as well! What a ride!"
With Alcaraz replying: "Happy to win my first US Open same year as you! Congrats Iga!"
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