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Novak Djokovic and His $20 Million-Dollar Season

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Novak Djokovic’s record breaking season of 11 titles on the ATP World Tour hasn’t just confirmed his dominance on the tour. It has also generated him a fortune.

 

The combination of Djokovic triumphs in 1 ATP 500 tournament, 6 Masters tournaments, 3 Grand Slam’s and the season-ending championships have guaranteed that the Serbian has become the first player in history to earn $20 million within one season. In his final match of the year, the world No.1 defeated Roger Federer in straight sets to win his fourth consecutive ATP Finals title. The title has elevated his earnings to $18.77 million. The Serbian will also be awarded $2.825 million for ending the year as world No.1, bringing his season total to $21,595,000 according to figures provided by ESPN.

This figure doesn’t include endorsements or appearance fees. Earlier this year Forbes magazine listed Djokovic 13th in their list of the world’s highest-paid athletes. In June Forbes estimated that the Serbian receives $31 million in endorsements.

Overall Djokovic’s career prize money currently stands at $94,050,053 million according to the ATP World Tour, $3.25 million less than Roger Federer. The two players are currently competing against each other to become the first player in history to surpass the $100 million mark.

To put into context Djokovic’s massive achievement this year. Women’s No.1 Serena Williams has won five tournaments this year, including three Grand Slam titles. Despite the trio of slam titles, Williams earned almost half the amount that Djokovic has with $10,582,642. Williams holds the WTA record of the highest earning season on the Women’s tour with $12,385,572 in 2013, which is still over $9 million adrift from Djokovic’s 2015 prize packet.

Shortly after his win at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, the world No.1 reviewed his sensational season.

“This season definitely stands out. I can’t say I expected it, not at all. But I always gave my best, and I’m always asking more from myself”. Djokovic said.
“I was always hoping that I can play this well throughout the entire season. Managing to reach this kind of season and achievement this year obviously gives me a lot of confidence for anything that is coming in the future”.

Djokovic will still be hungry for more success in 2016 with the Olympic games as well as another shot at the French Open title. Despite reaching the final in three out of the last four years, Djokovic is yet to with the title in Roland Garros.

Novak Djokovic’s 2015 titles
Australian Open
Indian Wells Masters
Miami Masters
Monte Carlo Masters
Rome Masters
Wimbledon 
U.S. Open 
Beijing (ATP 500)
Shanghai Masters
BNP Paribas Open Masters
ATP World Tour Finals

Note: Djokovic was also the runner-up at four other tournaments this year. These were the Cincinnatti Masters (lost to Roger Federer), Canadian Open (lost to Andy Murray), French Open (lost to Stan Wawrinka) and Dubai Open 500 (lost to Roger Federer).

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Bernard Tomic Sent Warning About Behaviour As Wimbledon Appeal Rejected

Bernard Tomic’s appeal was rejected after being fined all of his prize money for his first round defeat to Jo-Wilfred Tsonga at Wimbledon.

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Bernard Tomic has been sent a stinging warning about his behaviour after his Wimbledon appeal was rejected. 

 

The Australian lost his first round match at Wimbledon to Jo-Wilfred Tsonga in 58 minutes a couple of weeks ago in another lacklustre effort.

Although in previous years he may have escaped punishment, this time the grand slam board decided to deduct all his prize money as a result of his straight sets defeat.

This sent a clear message to the tennis world as they want to cut out lack of effort and give places in grand slams to competitors that will try their best.

Of course, Tomic wasn’t exactly pleased with the ruling and decided to appeal against the ruling which stated that he did not play to “required professional standards.”

However the appeal didn’t only get rejected, it got slammed down by board director Bill Babcock in a stinging letter to the controversial Australian.

In the letter Babcock referred to Tomic’s past history in lack of effort during matches, “A review of your historical record of misconduct at grand slams, never mind elsewhere, provides little justification for an adjustment,” Babcock said.

“In your case, Bernard, I am sure you would agree there is no historical evidence to give comfort to the theory that you can reform your behaviour.

“Admittedly, I am sceptical that you can achieve this reform of grand slam on-court behaviour, Many others, no doubt, would be even more than just sceptical. Good luck and I hope to be pleasantly surprised in the future by your successful reform.”

In the letter, Babcock added that if Tomic escapes a sanction in his next eight grand slam events, then he will be refunded 25 percent of his prize money.

Despite this outcome, Tomic plans on appealing this latest inquest further as he currently prepares for the ATP 250 event in Atlanta next week, “I don’t care about this 25 per cent, I care about the right thing for players in the future,” Tomic told the New York Times.

In a separate case, Anna Tatishvili was refunded all of her prize money after appealing successfully after her fine for not meeting professional standards at Roland Garros.

The American lost 6-0 6-1 in her first round match to Maria Sakkari in only her third tournament back since 2017.

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Angelique Kerber Splits With Rainer Schuettler After Eight Month Partnership

Angelique Kerber has parted ways with Rainer Schuettler after an eight month partnership which ended in Wimbledon disappointment.

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Three time grand slam champion Angelique Kerber has split with her coach Rainer Schuettler after an eight month partnership. 

 

It’s been a topsy-turvy year for the German so far after reaching the finals in Indian Wells and Eastbourne as well as being 11th in the Race To Shenzhen rankings.

However after losing in the first week of all three of her grand slams so far, last year’s Wimbledon champion has decider to end her partnership with Rainer Scheuttler.

The 31 year-old made the announcement on Twitter as she admitted it was a tough decision to make but a necessary one to make, “Moving forward, it’s never easy to change – especially when you work with great people like Rainer,” Kerber said.

“But for now, we’ve decided that it’s the right time for a fresh start. He has become a friend and I‘m thankful for his hard work & dedication in the last months.”

A couple of days ago, Kerber also said it was time to embrace the challenges moving forward as she looks to improve her sluggish form ,“This time of year feels very different compared to last year, but it’s still part of the same journey,” Kerber explained on Twitter.

“Whether you‘ve won or lost the last match- it‘s done, it‘s over and it can‘t be changed. It‘s about the lessons you learn from both outcomes that will determine your path. 

“There have always been ups and downs, twists and turns in my career that I accept as part of my story as an athlete. Even more, I‘ve learned to deal with it and embrace the challenge moving forward.”

Although Kerber and Schuettler have become good friends, the results never really translated when it really mattered most as Kerber couldn’t keep her focus on the big occasions.

A very brave decision to do it more than half way through the season though as Kerber looks to finish the season strong in a frustrating year.

Next for the former world number one is the Rogers Cup in Toronto, which starts on the 5th August.

 

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Johanna Konta Speaks About Charity Work Ahead Of Second Half Of Season

Johanna Konta talks about her work with charity as she looks to end the season strong.

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Johanna Konta has spoken about her charity work as she prepares for the final grand slam of the season. 

 

It has been an encouraging 2019 so far for the Brit after reaching the finals in Rabat and Madrid as well as reaching the last four at Roland Garros.

Although that was met with disappointment and criticism at Wimbledon after her quarter-final exit to Barbora Strycova, Konta is looking to continue the momentum in the American summer.

However for now, the world number 15 is taking her mind off tennis to focus on her charity work and in particular tackling homelessness.

Recently Konta visited the prime minister on the subject and spoke to the WTA Website about why she feels passionately about homelessness, “Homelessness has always been a big thing that’s close to my heart, that I want to help,” Konta said.

“I met a young lady called Kenny, who has come through Centre Point and it’s through them that she’s got her shift here with The Clink.”

The Brit is an ambassador for the charity CentrePoint, who support young homeless people in London since 1969 as homelessness has been a big problem in the UK.

The Clink provided catering for the event an 10 Downing Street, which was about bringing young people who are at risk of violence and helping them talk to businesses and role models to see how they can not take to crime.

On her visit, Konta explained why it was a dream come true to go to 10 Downing Street, “I feel like you’re walking through history, especially as you walk up the stairs and you see all the Prime Ministers through time. It’s inspiring and I feel very lucky.”

Next for Konta is the Rogers Cup in Toronto, which starts on the 5th of August as she prepares for the final grand slam of the year at the US Open.

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