Age Is Just a Number

April 25, 2013

For tennis players, there is no official retirement age, but when it comes to old age, most can agree that it’s somewhere between 28-30. By the time players reach 28, most are considered to be “over the hill” and retirement rumors start to swirl the minute a player loses in the second round of a Grand Slam. As recent years have shown, tennis players seem to be putting off retirement, and reaping the rewards. Tommy Haas is just one example of a player who, at 35, is currently ranked at No. 14, and seems to be highly skilled at reversing the aging process. Based on the age charts below, the men seem to be hanging on a bit longer than the women. In 2013, men in the ATP’s top 10 are almost 4 years older (on average) than they were in 2009, while the WTA’s top 10 women are 1.5 years older.

Average age of ATP and WTA Players in the Top 10 – as April 11, 2009
WTA PLAYER Age ATP PLAYER Age
1 Dinara Safina 23 1 Rafael Nadal 22
2 Serena Williams 27 2 Roger Federer 27
3 Elena Dementieva  27 3 Novak Djokovic 21
4 Jelena Jankovic 24 4 Andy Murray 21
5 Venus Williams 28 5 Juan Martin del Potro  20
6 Vera Zvonareva 24 6 Andy Roddick 26
7 Ana Ivanovic 21 7 Giles Simon 24
8 Victoria Azarenka 19 8 Fernando Verdasco 25
9 Svetlana Kuznetsova 23 9 Nicolai Davydenko 27
10 Nadia Petrova 26 10 Gael Monfils  22
average age 24.2 average age 23.5
Average age of ATP and WTA Players in the top 10 – as of April 25, 2013
WTA PLAYER Age ATP PLAYER Age
1 Serena Williams 31 1 Novak Djokovic 25
2 Maria Sharapova 26 2 Roger Federer 31
3 Victoria Azarenka 23 3 Andy Murray 25
4 Agnieszka Radwanska 24 4 David Ferrer 31
5 Li Na 31 5 Rafael Nadal 26
6 Angelique Kerber 25 6 Tomas Berdych 27
7 Sara Errani 25 7 Juan Martin del Potro 24
8 Petra Kvitova 23 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 28
9 Sam Stosur 29 9 Richard Gasquet 26
10 Caroline Wozniacki 22 10 Janko Tipsarevic 28
average age 25.9 average age 27.1
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