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Novak Djokovic has become the first player in tennis history to surpass US$100 million in career prize money.

Djokovic Passes $100 Million Prize Money Milestone

World No. 1 passes historic milestone

Novak Djokovic has become the first player in tennis history to earn more than US$100 million in prize money.

The World No. 1, who began his 2016 Roland Garros campaign with US$99,673,404, earned a further US$327,471 in prize money as a result of reaching the Roland Garros quarter-finals with victory over Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut on Wednesday.

Ahead of competing in his 28th straight Grand Slam championship quarter-final, Djokovic has now amassed $100,000,875 in prize money over his 14-season pro career.

ALL-TIME PRIZE MONEY LEADERS (US$)

Player
Pre-2016 Roland Garros Prize Money
2016 Roland Garros Prize Money
Total Prize Money
$99,673,404
$327,471 (through to QFs)
$100,000,875
$98,011,727
Did Not Play
$98,011,727
Rafael Nadal (ESP) $78,109,778 $113,625 (lost in 3R) $78,223,403
Andy Murray (GBR) $45,157,464 $327,471 (through to QFs) $45,484,935
$43,280,489
N/A (retired in August 2003)
$43,280,489

Prize money levels at ATP World Tour and Grand Slam events have increased significantly in recent years, with the sport's popularity and commercial success soaring due to superstar athletes and a thriving global platform of tournaments.

Overall prize money levels at ATP World Tour tournaments are set to exceed US$130 million in 2018, more than a 100 per cent increase since 2008.

TOP 5 PRIZE MONEY LEADERS BY SEASON (US$)

Player
Single Season Prize Money
Year
$21,646,145
2015
$14,570,935
2013
Novak Djokovic (SRB) $14,269,463 2014
Novak Djokovic (SRB) $12,803,737 2012
$12,619,803
2011

Australia's Rod Laver was the first tennis player to earn more than $1 million in total prize money at the end of the 1971 season. The sport became 'open' to amateur and professional players in May 1968.

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