Kiwi tennis star Marina Erakovic will cross the $1 million milestone in career prize money in the next season and could do so at her home event - the ASB Classic in Auckland in the first week of January. When she does, she will become the first Kiwi tennis player - male or female - to cross the milestone since Brett Steven in the mid-1990s.
Erakovic currently has US$989,318 since turning professional in 2006. "I wish I had $1 million," Erakovic commented. "I'm not a money-orientated person but it's definitely an achievement. If I keep going and working hard, hopefully I can have a nice little retirement bundle.
"The $1 million mark, it's great, but I definitely don't have enough now to settle down. I have enough to cover my expenses next year and a little bit on the side to live off for a year or two if I wanted to.
We are not talking about big money here."
"People tell me what a great year I had," she said. "I go, 'Really? It was all right'. I felt as though it didn't run as smoothly as I wanted.
I had a few hiccups, a few injuries here and there. But if that still gets me into the Grand Slams and I can improve, then I can do a lot better."