Djokovic, Azarenka top earners of the season
New Delhi, Nov 20, 2012, IANS: 22:33 IST
World No 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic ended the year with the highest prize money earned on the ATP World Tour this season.
The Serb in total bagged $12,803,737 while World No 2 and London Olympics men’s singles silver medallist Roger Federer of Switzerland earned $8,584,842.
London Olympics gold medallist Andy Murray of Britain was third in the list with a total purse of $5,708,230 while 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medallist Rafael Nadal, who is out of action due to injury, ended with $4,997,448.
The top four won a Grand Slam each in 2012.
India’s doubles ace Leander Paes is 33rd in the list with earnings of $762,495 in the season.
In the women’s section, world No 1 Victoria Azarenka ended with the highest prize purse of $7,923,920 in the calendar year. The Belarusian won her first and only Grand Slam till date at the Australian Open in the beginning of the season.
World No 3 Serena Williams is second in the list of highest prize money winners with $7,045,975 but this year the American completed a Career Golden Slam in singles.
To add to that, Serena also won the last two Grand Slams of the year, Wimbledon and US Open, underlining the fact that when she is fit and hungry, there aren’t many players who could trouble her on the court.
Russian Maria Sharapova, world No 2, who completed a Career Grand Slam by winning the Roland Garros was third with $6,508,296.