Calling the shots
Williams, Djokovic top rankings, earnings – but still have records to set
September 26 1981 (age 34)
Place of birth:
Michigan, US 1.75m
Oracene Price, Richard Williams
Venus Williams, Yetunde Price, Isha Price, Lyndrea Price, Dylan Starr Williams, Richard Williams III
Height: Parents: Siblings: Coaches:
Richard Williams, Oracene Price, Patrick Mouratoglou (2012 to present)
$77 564 981 (R1.17 billion) She is the top earner among female tennis players and fourth among all tennis players
SSaginaw, he is 34 years old; he is 29. Both have played top-level tennis for about 15 years.
Longtime champions Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic share as many similarities as they do differences.
On Saturday, June 4, at the recent French Open, Williams suffered the heartache of losing in the final to Spanish-Venezuelan Garbine Muguruza – marking the third time she had failed in her attempt to equal Steffi Graf ’s Open-era record of 22 grand slam titles.
And the following day, Djokovic beat Briton Andy Murray 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 to claim his first French Open title – and, in so doing, clinched all four grand slam tournaments, along with Wimbledon, the US Open and the Australian Open, consecutively.
Before the women’s final, Williams had, for the first time, claimed the position of being the highest-paid female athlete – having earned $28.9 million (R439 million) in the previous 12 months.
This saw her unseat Russia’s Maria Sharapova, who had overshadowed her for the past 11 years.
This despite Williams’ 19-2 record against Sharapova since they first met in 2005.
Regarding the June 5 men’s final win at Roland Garros in Paris, Djokovic had broken a record of his own by becoming the first tennis player in history to break the $100 million purse in career prize money.
He achieved this feat by beating number 14 seed Roberto Bautista Agut 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-5 in the French Open quarterfinals.
This is a long way from the $118 he pocketed in his first professional tennis event.
He reached the $100 million mark even before collecting this year’s first prize of $2.1 million.
You do not have to look too hard to see why Williams and Djokovic are the darlings of sponsors.
Since winning her first grand slam title, the US Open, in 1999, Williams has gone on to add 21 more.
Her total career prize money stands at $77.6 million, which is more than twice that of any other female athlete.
And her stellar performance in the 2015 tennis season saw her win three grand slam titles and 53 out of 56 matches – a feat that resulted in her ending the year with a number one ranking.
She counts giants such as Nike, Wilson, JP Morgan, PepsiCo, Beats Electronics, Delta Airlines, IBM, Audemars Piguet and Burlei bras among her sponsors and the products that she endorses.
Her high profile on social media saw her post more than 200 Facebook, May 22 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth:
Grand slams won: Height: Spouse:
1.88m Jelena Djokovic (married 2014) Srđan and Dijana (née Žagar) Marko Djokovic, Djordje Djokovic Jelena Genčić, Nikola Pilić, Dejan Petrovic, Riccardo Piatti, Marián Vajda, Mark Woodforde, Todd Martin, Boris Becker
Parents: Siblings: Coaches: Career prize money:
$101 917 404
ACING IT Serena Williams has become the highest-paid female athlete, unseating Russia’s tennis star, Maria Sharapova
TOP OF HIS GAME Serbia’s Novak Djokovic has become the first tennis player to reach the $100 million benchmark in career earnings