In the long and storied history of tennis, there have been many players whose game and whose fame rose and fell quickly.
A few, however, have hung on to play top-notch tennis into their 30s. This is truer today than at any time prior to 1968 when the Open Era in tennis began.
Prior to 1968, most of the best male players left the amateur arena, which allowed them to play in the most prestigious tennis events for the financial rewards of the pro tour.
They were, after all, professional athletes deserving of pay for their performances on court.
Many played well into the their 30s and some into their 40s—but as professionals they played under conditions and with formats unlike the modern game.
We survey the top 10 (plus one) who played some of their best tennis during their 30th year and for some, well beyond that milestone.
In order to make this list, the player had to win at least one major at age 30 plus remain active on tour throughout that year.
There is little difference between these 11 tennis professionals who each played the game a long time and played it very well throughout their illustrious careers.