11 Tennis Facts that Will Make You Feel Really Old

Do you fondly remember the days of wooden rackets and serve-and-volley technique? This is the post for you. Get ready to feel even more ancient than when you asked your kids if twerking involved 140 characters.

1. Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf’s son is 13, the same age that Graf was when she began her professional tennis career.

Steffi Graf Steffi Graf

2. It’s been more than a decade since an American won the men’s draw at the U.S. Open. The decade before that Americans dominated the event, claiming six titles.

Roddick hoists trophy Pete Sampras

3. Chris Evert celebrated her 60th birthday in December.

Chris Evert Chris Evert

4. It has been more than a dozen years since Venus Williams was ranked no. 1 in the world.

Venus Williams Holding up Her Wimbledon Trophy Venus Williams

5. Nick Kyrgios was 10 years old when Lleyton Hewitt made it to the finals of the Australian Open in 2005. The compatriots were on opposite halves of the draw this year.

Lleyton Hewitt Nick Kyrgios

6. In the midst of Federer’s five-year winning streak at Wimbledon between 2003 and 2007, Andy Murray turned pro.

Andy Murray and Roger Federer

7. Serena Williams is more than a decade older than Madison Keys. She turned pro the year Keys was born.

Madison Keys and Serena Williams

8. Switzerland’s most successful women’s player, Martina Hingis, made her second run to the French Open finals 10 years before Roger Federer won the event.

Martina Hingis Roger Federer

9. Maria Sharapova won her sole Wimbledon trophy five years before Eugenie Bouchard turned pro. Bouchard made it to the finals of the tournament 10 years after Sharapova claimed the title.

Maria Sharapova and Eugenie Bouchard

10. A Frenchwoman last won the French Open in 2000. That woman, Mary Pierce, is now 40 years old.

Mary Pierce Mary Pierce

11. Boris Becker earned his first grand slam titles in 1985 and 1986. Novak Djokovic was born a year later.

Boris Becker Novak Djokovic


I grew up in a tennis family with three younger sisters as doubles partners. If you enjoyed a blog post of mine or want to know more, feel free to email me at avery@mytennislessons.com. Thanks for reading and staying connected with MyTennisLessons!
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