10 Nov 2011

Djokovic pockets bonus

10:31 am on 10 November 2011

The world tennis number one Novak Djokovic pocketed a $2 million bonus just for turning up on court before making light of shoulder pains to beat Croatian Ivan Dodig 6-4 6-3 in the Paris Masters second round.

An ATP rule designed to entice top players to take part in the main events states that, as world number one, Djokovic was entitled to a two and a half million dollar bonues if he plays in eight Masters tournaments.

The bonues drops to $2 million if he misses one and nothing if he misses two.

Having skipped the Shanghai Masters through injury, the Serbian suffered a recurrence of a shoulder problem but dismissed talk that he'd turned up in Paris just to get the cash.