In professional tennis $ 100 million career prize money was a distant dream till Swiss legend Roger Federer achieved it. Man to defeat him in the Wimbledon 2019 final on Sunday, Novak Djokovic is heading towards an even greater career prize money landmark – ₹ 1,000.00 crore ($146 mn).
Can Djokovic really become the first player ever to breach ₹ 1,000 crore prize money mark in tennis? The 32-year-old Serbian has already added ₹ 930 crore ($137.4 mn) to the prize money column in his career earnings with the £ 2.35 mn ($ 2.95 mn / ₹ 20.65 crore) winners’ prize purse at the Wimbledon yesterday (Sunday).
Success in the professional world of tennis is measured as much in career titles, prestigious Grand Slam crowns, weeks spent atop the global ranking charts as it is weighed in career prize money.
Djokovic, bringing his career title count to 75 with the triumph at the Wimbledon 2019, may still be far behind the Roger Federer (102 titles) in victories a professional on tennis court, but the Serbian is rapidly widening the lead atop the career prize money table.
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Djokovic had become the first professional tennis player to breach the $125 million prize money mark last year. The top ranked player on the ATP circuit has added another $9 million to the kitty, extending the tally to $ 134,684,000 (₹930.90 crore).
Federer, once the top earner on the ATP circuit, is placed close second followed by Rafael Nadal as the other tennis player in the $ 100 million prize money clubs. Federer’s career prize money now stands at $ 126,266,005 million (₹665.50 crore) while Nadal has to his reliance $ 110,279,818 (₹ 756 crore) in aggregate prize purse.
Djokovic this year had won the US Open and the Wimbledon Grand Slam honours.
Federer’s last grand slam title had come at the Australia Open last year. Still the Serbian stays far ahead of the No. 1 men’s singles tennis player Djokovic in 100 highest earning sports persons on the Forbes’ list for 2019. Federer is placed overall 5th with annual earnings of $ 93.4 milllion – a majority $ 86 mn coming from endorsement and $ 7.4 mn from prize purse. Djokovic in the second position has $ 20.6 mn from winning competitions and $ 30 mn from endorsements in the last fiscal.
With age on his side and given his form, Djokovic is there to stay on the professional tennis circuit for next three to five years. Again given his form and class he is well poised to break the ₹ 1,ooo crore career prize money barrier. All he needs now is another ₹70 crore ($ 10 million). He prize purse collection in this year has been over $8.9 million (₹610 crore).