The ledgers of tennis history has inked yet another major footnote, as Novak Djokovic officially becomes the first player to cross the $150 million threshold in career earnings.
Heading into the second week of Wimbledon, Serbia’s representative within the Big Three secured a straight-set victory against Denis Kudla in the third round. Effectively, this means the minimum sum of cash old Djoker will take home amounts to £181,000 / AU$333,331 – pushing his $149.8 million career total beyond $150 million (USD).
According to Spotrac, Swiss counterpart Roger Federer is trailing Djokovic by a healthy margin with just a touch below US$130 million, to his name while Spaniard Rafael Nadal follows closely behind with US$125 million. From there, the rankings drops off considerably: Andy Murray with US$61 million, Peter Sampras with US$43 million, and so forth.
Of course, all of the aforementioned names have cashed in and will continue to cash in even bigger endorsement bucks outside of the court, Feds himself having joined the three-comma club relatively recently thanks to his clean-cut public image. Who knows… with a little more time, and an extended run of dominance, we might see Novak Djokovic hitting the capital B in addition to retaining professional tennis’ highest career earnings total (fun fact: he holds 5/10 of the highest single-seasons in terms of prize money).
Currently, Novak Djokovic is just a single Grand Slam title shy of joining both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in a three-way deadlock for the all-time record (20); which could happen soon enough, given how he’s heavily favoured to be last man standing at Centre Court.
“It’s a privilege to break records in the sport that I truly love,” Djokovic said in an interview after besting Cristian Garin.
“I’m devoted to this sport as much as I think anybody out there on the tour. I just try to do my best. I am aware that there are many records on the line. They do inspire me to play my best tennis.”