Oldest Tennis Players
Players become more experienced with time and build up an amazing career as they go. They start from a young age and what they do just become part of who they are. A tennis player’s raw talent is usually recognized at a young age and it is groomed and molded to become professional stars as they get older. Some of the greatest and oldest tennis players leave a legacy and set the bar very high for the young tennis players to aspire to.
Andre Agassi is an 8-time Grand Slam winner became the oldest tennis player in the history of the game to become World No. 1 in 2003 at the age of 33 years and 13 days. In his 20-year career, Agassi held on to the World no.1 ranking for a period of 101 weeks. When he eventually finished his career in 2006, he was ranked 112th in the world. Agassi was an American professional tennis player and was deemed the greatest service returner in the history of the game.
Serena Williams is the younger of Williams’s sisters. Serena became World number 1 in February 2013 at the age of 31 years. This was the sixth time in her career that the American had ascended to the number 1 position in the world. Williams is the ruling champion of French Open, Wimbledon, Olympic women’s singles, Olympic doubles and the Australian Open. She is generally regarded as the best tennis player of all time who was female.
Chris Evert, the American became the oldest tennis player to become World number 1 in November 1985, at the age of 30 years. In her 17-year career, Evert wasn’t knocked out in the first or second round in any of the Grand Slams, and she won 157 titles in all. Evert managed to reach 34 Grand Slam singles finals in her career which is more than any tennis player in the history of the game.
One of the all-time greats, Martina Navratilova became World Number 1 in August 1987 at the age of 30 years. Navratilova had a great rivalry with Chris Evert that lasted for 15 years from 1973 to 1988. Evert and Navratilova faced off in 80 matches during this period, including 61 tournament finals. Navratilova emerged as the winner in 43 of those. She eventually ended her career with a whopping 167 WTA titles. She is the only known player to have held the top spot in singles and doubles for over 200 weeks in the history of tennis.
Lindsay Davenport who was number 1 ranked tennis player at the age of 29 years old is considered a great icon. She has a record under her belt of being a winner of 3 Grand Slam events. She has the ability to boast that she was ranked number one at least 8 times in her career. Davenport has a very athletic family. Her siblings who were older than her Shannon and Leiann played volleyball, but she played tennis from the age of six.
All of these players have left their stamp on the world and will go down in the history books as some of the greatest tennis players of our time.