Novak Djokovic is chasing tennis history because the 2nd week of Wimbledon opens. His 19 Colossal Slam titles are one searching the males’s tale held by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The Serb is the overwhelming licensed to be the final one standing after Sunday’s closing.
But Djokovic already secured one milestone earlier than his fourth-spherical match Monday in opposition to Cristian Garin. His straight-sets decide Friday within the third spherical in opposition to Denis Kudla draw his prize money at Wimbledon will doubtless be at the least £181,000, or $250,000. That amount will push his profession prize money to $150 million, the first tennis player or golfer to realize the winnings threshold.
The Mountainous Three possess all benefited from the explosion of prize money on the Tour over the past three an extended time with Federer ($130 million) and Nadal ($125 million) moreover within the 9-resolve club; Andy Murray ($62 million) is a distant fourth. But Djokovic has been the biggest beneficiary with his dominance focused over the past decade. He holds 5 of the 10 top likely single-season totals in prize money, including a tale $21.1 million in 2015, extra than the Colossal Prix tour paid out for its complete 1989 season—the ATP Tour turned into fashioned the following yr. The Tour deliberate to pay $159 million in whole prize money and bonuses in 2020 earlier than the pandemic impacted the season.
Unusual tennis pros fabricate purses that a long way surpass what legends of the sport made. Jimmy Connors obtained a tale 109 events at some level of his quarter-century as a pro earlier than retiring in 1996. His $8.6 million in prize money ranks No. 91, a tick within the back of Frenchman Benoit Paire, who has by no draw made it past the 4th spherical of a monumental slam but has plugged along on the Tour since 2007 amid a time of big payouts.
Tiger Woods is the specific golfer within the $100 million club, with his $121 million extra than $25 million earlier than No. 2 Phil Mickelson. Serena Williams is the main earner on the WTA Tour with $94.5 million, extra than double her sister Venus ($42.2 million), who ranks 2nd. NASCAR tale Jeff Gordon made roughly $154 million in tear winnings with Hendrick Motorsports, but drivers must piece their winnings with their group and vehicle dwelling owners.
While Djokovic is the specific-paid player in tennis, he wants gamers to fetch a bigger piece of the pie. He announced the formation of the Professional Tennis Avid gamers Affiliation earlier than the 2020 U.S. Begin. He insists it’s no longer a competing tour, but a vehicle to empower gamers and fetch extra of the Colossal Slam income pie. The brand new entity established an advisory board final month that functions billionaire hedge fund manager Invoice Ackman, and the National Basketball Affiliation Avid gamers Affiliation came out in enhance. But, Federer and Nadal possess both refused to signal on with the PTPA.
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