Novak Djokovic is attempting to win his sixth Wimbledon title this week, tying him with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most Grand Slam titles (20). With his third-round triumph over Denis Kudla, Djokovic has already made tournament history, albeit of a different kind.
The World No. 1 has become the first male or female tennis player to win more over $150 million in prize money.
Novak Djokovic has a total prize fund of $149,810,010 before playing Wimbledon. And his victory over Kudla ensured that the Serb would walk away with at least £181,000 ($250,000) in prize money (approx).
As a result, Novak Djokovic now has a total prize pool of $150,060,010 dollars.
Djokovic First to $150 Million in Tour Winnings –
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So far, the 34-year-old has enjoyed an outstanding season, winning three titles. The Australian Open and Roland Garros were both Grand Slams for him.
Novak Djokovic also won the Belgrade Open and came in second at the Italian Open. So far this year, his efforts have netted him $4,153,831 ($4,135,635 in singles), the most any player has earned in 2021.
Roger Federer is Novak Djokovic’s closest competition in terms of career prize money, but even he is a long way behind.
Before his 2021 Wimbledon campaign, Djokovic’s total prize money was $130,230,769, around $20 million less than his overall earnings. Even if the Swiss wins a record-tying ninth World Championship championship, he won’t be able to close the gap much.
This year’s Wimbledon winner will receive £1,700,000, a significant decrease from the £2,350,000 awarded in 2019.
Rafael Nadal, on the other hand, is third all-time with a total prize money of $124,937,195. Andy Murray of the United Kingdom is in fourth place with $61,870,363.
Serena Williams tops the women’s list with a total career prize money of $94,453,854. Venus Williams is a distant second, with $42,173,992 in her bank account.
Needless to say, it is unlikely that any of the aforementioned players will come close to the $150 million mark, let alone topple Novak Djokovic’s earnings by the time he calls it a day.
The Serb is still at the peak of his powers, which suggests he will dominate the tour for a few more years. Djokovic has also shifted his focus to the Slams, so he will likely receive a bigger paycheck whenever he plays.
Novak Djokovic’s closest rival, Roger Federer, is nearing the end of his career and unlikely to play for another year or two. Given that Federer is a shell of his former self and that he, too, chooses his events carefully, it will be nearly hard for him to surpass Djokovic’s record.
Rafael Nadal, on the other hand, could outperform the Swiss if his health allows it. This year, the Spaniard turned 35, and he appears to be ready to play for another three or four years.