Tennis is greying at the temples. The average age of the top 10 in singles has risen by 4 years over the last 20 – in 1992 it was 23, now it’s 27. It’s not just the Federer effect, Juan Martin del Potro is the youngest in the top ten, and he’s 24! The physicality of the men’s game – and to an event greater extent the ladies game – means that the days of a teenager breaking through to win a slam tournament are most probably over. In the doubles game, age is even less of a barrier. 1st and 2nd ranked doubles players Mike and Bob Bryan are (shockingly for twins) both 34 years of age. Leander Paes is 39, Nestor is 40, Marc Lopez looks 40 but is in fact only a puppy of 30, Max “The Beast” Mirnyi and Robert Lindstedt are both 35 – that’s the top 8 in doubles. Horia Tecau and Marcel Granollers try to spoil my point (27 and 26) but then there’s Bhupathi and Bopanna who are both in their thirties. The average age of a top ten doubles player is 30, and the youngest is 26...
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