Depends on the lifestyle you wish to live but top 500 to break even, top 250 and up to really profit
Originally Posted by invisiblecoolers
I guess Top 500 would do a decent living [80k to 100k dollars] , this is including the endorsements and prize money.
A top 100 regular should be luxurious.
Not at all. Are you guys just making numbers up?
A top 500 level player doesn't make ends meet. In fact, he's either indebted or being financed by someone else, be it an institution or his own family.
It has been well established by several players that if you travel with a coach you need to be ranked within the top 100 or 150 at the very most to even begin to sustain your expenses in the circuit.
"If you’re in the top 100 in the rankings and you travel with just one trainer, you’ll end up with a modest surplus of USD 20-30,000 a year," reckons Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky, a member of the ATP Player Council, and one of the active leaders in the movement for fair prize money.
"After the Masters tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami, I was around 5,000 in the red," says Stakhovsky. "And, basically, there are no cheap hotels in Indian Wells. The cheapest room costs USD 144 a night. Prize money is also taxed at 38%. So, you arrive there at least four days before the tournament starts. You spend a minimum of three and a half weeks in the States. You pay for a trainer (weekly salary) plus food, hotel… And what about flights?"
"I mainly fly economy", says Stakhovsky. "We can’t actually buy tickets early. And you can’t buy cheap tickets either. We often buy them on the day we’re flying. We’re talking about different figures again. Last year 85,000 [translator: not sure if this is euros or dollars given that amounts were quoted in euros previous paragraph.] went on tickets alone. I earned USD 428,000. We deduct, on average, 30% from this amount for tax. These are the sums involved."
Stakhovsky:"If you travel with a coach as a top100 player, you earn 20-30.000$/year"