An undefeated champion at this year's season-ending finale stands to pocket $2.7 million with a a victory in the round robin stage worth $203,000.
Roger Federer will be aiming to claim his 100th title at the 2018 ATP World Tour Finals and his seventh at the same event having been crowned champion at the season-ending finale in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011.
Novak Djokovic is this year’s top seed, with Federer second. Alex Zverez (3), Kevin Anderson (4), Marin Cilic (5), Dominic Thiem (6), Kei Nishikori (7) and John Isner complete the singles field.
The Swiss maestro will not be able to replace Djokovic at the top of the rankings with the Serb guaranteed to hold the coveted year-end number one spot. Djokovic, a five-times ATP Finals champion, became the first player since Marat Safin in 2000 to hold the number one ranking after starting the season outside the top 20 when Rafa Nadal pulled out of the tournament in London to undergo ankle surgery. Djokovic has been number one at season’s end five times, level with Federer and Jimmy Connors and behind only Pete Sampras (6).
ATP finals the most lucrative outside of Grand Slams
However, Federer will be able to console himself not only with a century of singles titles if he is victorious at the O2 Arena but also with a succulent purse. The ATP Finals is one of the wealthiest tournaments on the tour in terms of prize money and on a par with the Grand Slams. An undefeated champion in London will pocket just over $2.7 million – Roland Garros champions for example earn $2.38 million while at Wimbledon the champions receive $2.9 million. The US Open is the most lucrative, paying its champions $3.8 million this year while the Australian Open also has a winners’ pot of $2.9 million.
At the ATP Finals, a victory in the round robin stage is worth $203,000, which is also the participation fee paid to each player. Alternates, on hand in case of last-minute withdrawals, are paid $110,000 for their time. Karen Khachanov and Borna Coric are the standbys for 2018.
A semi-final win is worth $620,000 while the champion, if beaten en route to the title, will earn $1.2 million.
Doubles players are paid significantly less, with an undefeated pair earning $517,000 between them for winning the title and $200,000 if they are beaten along the way. A round-robin win is worth $38,000 and a semi-final victory $103,000, with participation fees set at $100,000 and alternates receiving $38,000.