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Male Tennis Players in the U.S. Open 2020: Djokovic Gets Disqualified

One of the most promising tennis tournaments that both local bookmakers and international bookmakers have been excited about is the U.S. Open. Many prominent tennis players are participating. Although two of the Big Three, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, won’t be participating, tennis fans and punters still have Novak Djokovic, or so they thought.

Shocking Disqualification of Djokovic

To many people’s shock and dismay, Djokovic, the world No. 1 male tennis player and a 17-time Grand Slam champion, was eliminated from the tennis tournament. It was because he hit a line judge in the neck with a ball. He had struck it toward the back of the court in frustration.   

The line judge, Laura Clark, “was clearly hurt and Novak was angry, he hit the ball recklessly, angrily back and taking everything into consideration, there was no discretion involved,” as stated by the U.S. Open referee Soeren Friemel.

Djokovic’s actions then fell under the Grand Slam rule book’s definitions of “unsportsmanlike conduct” and “ball abuse.” In this regard, the officials had two options in the rules that they could use to punish Djokovic. It was either to warn him or to default him. They chose the latter. 

“In accordance with the Grand Slam rule book, following his actions of intentionally hitting a ball dangerously or recklessly within the court or hitting a ball with negligent disregard of the consequences, the U.S. Open tournament referee defaulted Novak Djokovic from the 2020 U.S. Open,” said in a statement by the United States Tennis Association.

Djokovic Accepts the Decision

Although at the start Djokovic had asked Friemel why he could not just take a point penalty instead of being defaulted, later on, Djokovic accepted the referee’s decision. It came as quite a shock to him since he had not received a warning during the match. But the rules do allow officials the option of proceeding straight to default.  

“Of course, it was very hard for me to accept right after it happened. For a couple of days, I was in shock and I was shaken by the whole thing,” the Serbian tennis player had said at a news conference.

He continued, “I felt very good about myself, my game. It was totally unexpected and very unintended but, when you hit the ball like that, you have a chance to hit somebody that is on the court. I accepted it and I had to move on. Of course, I didn’t forget about it, I don’t think I’ll ever forget about it.”

Because of his disqualification, it ended his 29-match winning streak, and sadly his bid for an 18th Grand Slam title. He only comes third amongst the famous male tennis players, Roger Federer, who has 20 and Rafael Nadal who has 19.

It might have been disappointing for some of the best bookmakers in the world to lose Djokovic in the U.S. Open, but there are still promising male tennis players that are participating in the event. Tennis fans and punters alike can still support and wager for players such as Dominic Thiem and Daniil Medvedev.

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Top 5 Richest Tennis Players in 2020

One of the best sports, where both female and male are on equal grounds and opportunities, is tennis. This is because nowadays, most tennis sporting events offer the same amounts of prize money. It has opened a lot of opportunities for many, especially for bettors, to gain better chances of winning. With a diverse set of tennis players, there are so many choices to choose from. 

As one of the most popular and biggest non-team sports, there is no question as to why many tennis players have profited and took on endorsement deals, offering millions so that they can support the brand. You can see many known companies that try to get famous players from wearing their clothes or consuming their products.

Below is the list of the wealthiest active tennis players who did not retire before July 2019 from all over the world. They have gained a lot because of the sport not just from the prize money but also through endorsement deals, promotions, and others.

Roger Federer

At the top of this list is none other than Roger Federer. He has raked in a total of $130 million in prize money in his whole career. He is the greatest tennis player of all time with 103 career titles under his belt. Undoubtedly, many have sought him for huge sponsorships and endorsement deals, among which are Uniqlo, Rolex, Mercedes, Wilson and Sunrise, Moet & Chandon. He also has a whopping record of 20 Grand Slam singles titles and an impressive net worth of $450 million. This makes him the richest tennis player in the world.

Novak Djokovic

This 32-year-old tennis player has solidified himself as the second richest player with a net worth of $220 million. Djokovic started his career as a professional tennis player in 2003 and has won 17 Grand Slam singles. He has a career total of 76 titles. He is currently ranked number one in ATP and has a total prize money of $143 million. Djokovic’s endorsements include but are not limited to the following: Uniqlo, Bombardier Aerospace, Mercedes Benz, and Sergio Tacchini.   

Rafael Nadal

This player is one of the elites in tennis. He currently ranks number two when it comes to endorsement deals, but third in the list because of his net worth, which is $200 million. He has contracts with Kia Motors, Nike, Telefonica, Tommy Hilfiger, etc. Nadal is also one of the best with his 85 career titles, which includes 19 Grand Slam singles and 2 Olympic gold medals. His career prize money is $121 million. That is why there is nothing to doubt as to why he is one of the most accomplished tennis players. 

Serena Williams

If you are an avid fan of women tennis players, then the name Serena Williams will surely pop up. This queen of the tennis court is the richest female tennis player with a net worth of $180 million. She has been ranked number one in WTA for at least 8 times and holds 73 titles, which include 23 Grand Slam singles, 4 gold medals, and 14 Grand Slam doubles, among other things. Williams also has a total of $92.7 million in prize money, and endorsement deals with IBM, Delta Airlines, Gatorade, Aston Martin, and many more!

Maria Sharapova

This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning one of Williams’ rivals, Maria Sharapova. She became number one in WTA when she was just barely 18 years old. She has 36 titles in her record, including but not limited to 5 Grand Slam singles titles. Sharapova has a net worth of $135 million and a career prize money of $38.7 million. She is also known for her countless huge endorsements. That is why since 2006 until 2016, Forbes had ranked her as the highest-earning female athlete. Another that makes her the fifth richest tennis player is that she owns a candy company known as Sugarpova. This adds to her overall profits.

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How Tennis Has Changed Over the Years

If you are wondering how tennis has evolved the years, the most straightforward idea is: with wide variations in tennis, no one player is dominating the sport.

Sure, tennis fans indulge in the prowess and experts of the super trio, namely Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic. However, this is how concentrated the sport is. On the one hand, we got the three, and on the other hand, we got Serena Williams (as if saying women’s tennis is a pretty diffused territory.

How tennis has changed 

A lot of things have happened since tennis became a pro sport in 1968.

If there’s one word to describe modern tennis, that would be power. 

For one, tennis players are using racquets made from graphite composites and carbon fibres. The racquets are lighter but equally durable like wooden racquets. 

The strings, whether they are synthetic or power strings, tend to be looser and generating more spin. As such, a tennis player can hit the ball harder to make it land deep into the court. 

Forehands were Eastern grip before compared to their Western grip counterpart that is mostly used today. Even tennis schools are teaching open-stance forehands. Safe slice serves were also inexistent today than the pre-Open era. 

Tennis courts are totally different today as well. Plays are faster, reinforcing the need for speed. One has to be professional about training, for example, since consistency is also crucial in dominating the charts and records.

The style of play has also changed. It was no longer the serve-and-volley type of game that we saw before. Instead, tennis has become a baseline power game. Tennis has become a more physical sport that tests endurance and agility on the court, among others.

Tennis scoring is also radically different nowadays. A tie-breaker was introduced to quicken the pacing of the match. The players are also entitled to challenge specific calls like those in the lines. A hawkeye instant replay can be used to back either the decision or the call. 

When not playing tennis, the activities are still about the sport though. This is particularly true for diet and fitness regime. It takes a village now to tend to the needs of a tennis player. And that includes a nutritionist or dietician and trainer – both physical and mental, in addition to the actual coach. 

The last one was made possible by this change: prize money. And we are talking about huge prize winnings—hundreds of thousands of dollars. This is expected considering that the first US Open gave away $100,000 in winnings. By 2019, it was $57.2 million.

Athlete endorsements have been an additional source of income too. Federer and Djokovic once earned $25 million each in sponsorship deals in just one year.

Prizes and endorsement earnings also changed the attitude of tennis players for the best, but some for the worst. Knowing, compassionate players launched their own foundations and poured over their earnings to various causes. 

Tennis players are competitive today, nevertheless, because of both financial and non-financial rewards of playing tennis.

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How tennis has changed over the years? Can you name other changes not mentioned in the article?