During his loooooong summer break
I checked some useless informations
As i was fun to read in all articles lately The french veteran Arnaud Clement
I checked the ranking of the veterans players this week. I consider veteran a player born before 1980. In bold there are the players older than Arno.
This week there are 34 players born before 1980 in the top 200 = 17%. 11 are older than Arno with 5 with a better ranking. We can conclude is a veteran in the single ranking
As I did it 1 year and a half I checked again the rank of players born before 1980 in the single ranking
Today there is only 8 players
born before 1980 in the top 100. They are Ljubicic, Stepanek, Karlovic, Ramirez Hildago, Clement, Schuettler,Daniel and Russel and they are only 16 in the top 200 so from 17% in top 200 in mid 2009 to 8% end of 2010. That's go down
even if some of them are trying come back like Blake or Haas.
I count only 5 players older than Arno still able to be consider as activ on the single tour. They are Schuettler, Lapentti, Delgado, Koubek and Gicquel. I mean i can't count Bastl or Dupuis as activ players
and I should put off Lapentti from the list but i was not sure about his retirement
So indeed Arno almost belongs to the five oldest players taking part to the single tour
All this to see how each month and each year are bonus years and tough it is to play over 30 years in single.