Highest career prize money, with inflation

#1
To calculate inflation, i took the birth year of a player, added 25 years, and compared it to 2018 (ex. Federer 2006 to 2018)

1) Federer $151,172,691.13
2) Djokovic $138,531,499.82
3) Nadal $116,079,806.96
4) Sampras $69,757,721.23
5) Murray $67,239,048.91
6) Agassi $51,693,701.33
7) Lendl $49,971,620.10
8) Becker $45,207,395.28
9) Edberg $38,305,840.78
10) Ferrer $38,183,432.31
11) Wawrinka $36,718,464.55
12) Kafelnikov $36,253,625.48
13) Connors $36,059,231.03
14) Berdych $33,553,163.26
15) Ivanisevic $32,038,558.32
16) McEnroe $30,550,971.13
17) Chang $30,166,000.92
18) Cilic $28,339,664.77
19) Del Potro $27,528,305.54
20) Hewitt $26,152,774.63
21) Roddick $25,173,645.41
22) Tsonga $24,369,902.68
23) Courier $23,287,542.46
24) Nishikori $23,151,840.95
25) Bjorkman $23,020,682.47
26) Muster $22,110,723.30
27) Stich $22,042,345.64
28) B. Bryan $21,757,461.25
29) Kuerten $21,155,187.54
30) Vilas $20,547,457.09
 
#5
Career prize money cannot be used in these kind of discussions. Its not just about inflation. Prize money has skyrocketed in the last decade or so. Hence why Murray 2016 is the second highest earning year ever. Djokovic 2018 is third. Its massively unreliable.

You can see this very clearly with such hilarity as Ferrer and Berdych above McEnroe and Murray above Lendl.
 

NatF

Bionic Poster
#7
To calculate inflation, i took the birth year of a player, added 25 years, and compared it to 2018 (ex. Federer 2006 to 2018)

1) Federer $151,172,691.13
2) Djokovic $138,531,499.82
3) Nadal $116,079,806.96
4) Sampras $69,757,721.23
5) Murray $67,239,048.91
6) Agassi $51,693,701.33
7) Lendl $49,971,620.10
8) Becker $45,207,395.28
9) Edberg $38,305,840.78
10) Ferrer $38,183,432.31
11) Wawrinka $36,718,464.55
12) Kafelnikov $36,253,625.48
13) Connors $36,059,231.03
14) Berdych $33,553,163.26
15) Ivanisevic $32,038,558.32
16) McEnroe $30,550,971.13
17) Chang $30,166,000.92
18) Cilic $28,339,664.77
19) Del Potro $27,528,305.54
20) Hewitt $26,152,774.63
21) Roddick $25,173,645.41
22) Tsonga $24,369,902.68
23) Courier $23,287,542.46
24) Nishikori $23,151,840.95
25) Bjorkman $23,020,682.47
26) Muster $22,110,723.30
27) Stich $22,042,345.64
28) B. Bryan $21,757,461.25
29) Kuerten $21,155,187.54
30) Vilas $20,547,457.09
So basically you didn't calculate inflation at all :-D
 
#9
I think this is a good way to determine the best of all times, since more money means higher level.
no firstly because in terms of ATGs novak is top 200 not not 3. Secondly inflation is not the only thing... prize money has massively gone up just in general e.g. more ticket sales, better revenue share for players, equal prize money for women
 
#10
Sports inflation is much bigger than regular inflation because sports grew super fast in the last 30 years.

If you look at the average mlb salary it increased a lot more than the average American employees salary.
 
#12
Sports inflation is much bigger than regular inflation because sports grew super fast in the last 30 years.

If you look at the average mlb salary it increased a lot more than the average American employees salary.
That's because they gained much more popularity. Therefore much higher level.
 
#24
To calculate inflation, i took the birth year of a player, added 25 years, and compared it to 2018 (ex. Federer 2006 to 2018)

1) Federer $151,172,691.13
2) Djokovic $138,531,499.82
3) Nadal $116,079,806.96
4) Sampras $69,757,721.23
5) Murray $67,239,048.91
6) Agassi $51,693,701.33
7) Lendl $49,971,620.10
8) Becker $45,207,395.28
9) Edberg $38,305,840.78
10) Ferrer $38,183,432.31
11) Wawrinka $36,718,464.55
12) Kafelnikov $36,253,625.48
13) Connors $36,059,231.03
14) Berdych $33,553,163.26
15) Ivanisevic $32,038,558.32
16) McEnroe $30,550,971.13
17) Chang $30,166,000.92
18) Cilic $28,339,664.77
19) Del Potro $27,528,305.54
20) Hewitt $26,152,774.63
21) Roddick $25,173,645.41
22) Tsonga $24,369,902.68
23) Courier $23,287,542.46
24) Nishikori $23,151,840.95
25) Bjorkman $23,020,682.47
26) Muster $22,110,723.30
27) Stich $22,042,345.64
28) B. Bryan $21,757,461.25
29) Kuerten $21,155,187.54
30) Vilas $20,547,457.09
LOL

What are you cooking now? And how are you planning on eggsplating it all over the forum?

Can we have Serena and Sharapova onto this list too because this all seems just a little one sided.
 
#27
God you know what you are speaking of ?
1984 Mac might actually have been highest level ever sustained in a season , higher than Fred 2005-06, Djokovic 2011,2015
And you are comparing him with Ferrer?
1984 great season but level wise I don't know if Mac was a better performer than Ferrer.

I know that it sounds strange, it sounds strange even to me, but I believe it.
 
#34
1984 great season but level wise I don't know if Mac was a better performer than Ferrer.

I know that it sounds strange, it sounds strange even to me, but I believe it.
Lew there’s an old saying about logic and statistics which I think you probably might find handy in times like this:

Logic: a system where one may go wrong with confidence.

When numbers lead you to a place where Ferrer is a better tennis player than Mac you need to be open to the idea that perhaps they don’t tell an accurate story.

Physics and pure math are great fields when it comes to numbers. Talk to Gary Duane, look at some of his threads to discern how detached he his from his stats. My guess is you may find it both exciting and probably a little less frustrating.
 
#42
Sports spread in popularity with television, you don't know how much the level got higher in the last 30 years. Money reflects it.
 

NatF

Bionic Poster
#43
Obviously in absolute terms Mac with his little wooden racket would get roasted by Ferrer, but then he'd get smashed just as hard by someone like Lucas Lacko with outdated technology. Relative to his era Mac was in a different galaxy to Ferrer.
 
#44
Obviously in absolute terms Mac with his little wooden racket would get roasted by Ferrer, but then he'd get smashed just as hard by someone like Lucas Lacko with outdated technology. Relative to his era Mac was in a different galaxy to Ferrer.
I mean playing with the same racket, something in the middle between 80s and today. Or one match with each.
 
#45
Obviously in absolute terms Mac with his little wooden racket would get roasted by Ferrer, but then he'd get smashed just as hard by someone like Lucas Lacko with outdated technology. Relative to his era Mac was in a different galaxy to Ferrer.
It's funny how Lew brings us to a point in this forum where such an obvious thing needs to be mentioned, obviously. I think he just likes looking at number sets and conjuring up patterns.

Sometimes he sounds a little like those people that see Jesus on their toast.

 
#46
Until 1999, only 8 different nations won the Davis Cup, in 88 editions (0.09 per edition).

Since 2000, 11 different nations won it, in 19 editions (0.58 per edition)

In the '60s it was dominated by a 10 millions people nation (Australia).
 
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