Call­ing the shots

Wil­liams, Djokovic top rank­ings, earn­ings – but still have records to set

CityPress - - Sport - S’BU­SISO MSE­LEKU sm­se­leku@city­

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)

Prize money:

$77 564 981 (R1.17 bil­lion) She is the top earner among fe­male ten­nis play­ers and fourth among all ten­nis play­ers

– Wikipedia

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

– Wikipedia

Bel­grade, 12


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

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