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Oldest playing male?

tjohansson
01-10-2012, 08:39 PM
There was talk of Kimiko in another thread so I am just wondering who is the oldest playing male of recent times? or who is the oldest now and I know doubles can have players who are into their 40's.

I know Fabrice was on the good side of 40 just before he retired. but was/is their someone older?

finishingmove
01-10-2012, 09:13 PM
I guess it would be someone on the doubles circuit...

Nathaliia
01-10-2012, 09:14 PM
Dick Norman?

Bashak
01-10-2012, 09:16 PM
Muster played last year.

Pipsy
01-10-2012, 10:22 PM
Muster is 44 and still on the challenger circuit. Dick Norman and Mark Knowles both play on the doubles tour at the age of 40. There's probably more...

By the way Fabrice Santoro was 37 when he retired.

bouncer7
01-10-2012, 10:37 PM
Might be Ljubicic, he obviously faked his age.

fran70
01-10-2012, 10:39 PM
If Im not wrong: Ken Rosewall played until he has 45 years old. Connors 44. Pancho Gonzalez 44. Muster 43. Not sure about doubles but I guess there might be a name hitting the 45.

Slice Winner
01-10-2012, 10:42 PM
Might be Ljubicic, he obviously faked his age.

Correct, Ivan Ljubicic was born in 1920 and served in the 2nd World War.

abraxas21
01-11-2012, 12:08 AM
federer is 50 and still playing

petar_pan
01-11-2012, 12:14 AM
Might be Ljubicic, he obviously faked his age.

People in Croatia thought he is 2 years older. There were such a things like that from a sportmen from Bosnia playing in Croatia, they faked theirs ages.

Topspindoctor
01-11-2012, 12:19 AM
The age of tennis players ending their careers will end up younger and younger as time goes on. This is mainly due to the fact that the competition is better and fields are stronger. You no longer see 35+ year old clowns making slam finals and winning 100+ titles as the case was in the 60's and 70's. It really puts things into perspective how much tennis has improved since then and how much better guys of today are. Someone like Connors today would have Giraldo career most likely.

guyha4
01-11-2012, 01:16 AM
maybe schuttler and jonathan erlich (doubles) are 35

fran70
01-11-2012, 01:48 AM
The age of tennis players ending their careers will end up younger and younger as time goes on. This is mainly due to the fact that the competition is better and fields are stronger. You no longer see 35+ year old clowns making slam finals and winning 100+ titles as the case was in the 60's and 70's. It really puts things into perspective how much tennis has improved since then and how much better guys of today are. Someone like Connors today would have Giraldo career most likely.

In doubles: Daniel Nestor is nª3 at 39, Leander Paes nª 7 at 38, Bhupathi nª8 37 and Dick Norman nª45 at 40 ;)

Xam'd
01-11-2012, 05:44 AM
Yes, it's very hard to make long careen nowadays, we'll see shorter and shorter careens in near future... Courts are so slow and players at the top have to give everything out of their body resulting too many problems with their body because seasons are so damn long too... That's why "hopeless moonballers" like Nadal playing way too long points and starting their ATPgames early might well be out of courts before reaching their 30s and others sooner than they would have before been too.

Pirata.
01-11-2012, 05:50 AM
The age of tennis players ending their careers will end up younger and younger as time goes on. This is mainly due to the fact that the competition is better and fields are stronger. You no longer see 35+ year old clowns making slam finals and winning 100+ titles as the case was in the 60's and 70's. It really puts things into perspective how much tennis has improved since then and how much better guys of today are. Someone like Connors today would have Giraldo career most likely.

:facepalm:

yesh222
01-11-2012, 06:45 AM
I would think that Topspindoctor logically makes sense if not for the fact that 20% of the top 100 is currently 30 or older.

duong
01-11-2012, 07:14 AM
Antony Dupuis, nearly 39, played many futures last year and won a few matches.

Dick Norman, one year and a half older than Santoro, was still in the top-300 in singles when Santoro stopped his carreer.

Rodolphe Gilbert, one year younger than Muster, won some matches in futures every time he came back until the end of 2010.

Sophocles
01-11-2012, 11:00 AM
Someone like Connors today would have Giraldo career most likely.

The thought of what Connors could do with modern racquets is frightening.

Shinoj
01-11-2012, 11:05 AM
:facepalm:

+ 1.


Connors would have made a killing today. The conditions are tailor made for him. Slow Hard courts which require powerful baseline game and perseverance. He had the variety also.

Ivo#1Fan
01-11-2012, 07:19 PM
Give Dick Norman credit...he's 41 not 40. His birthday was last week.

Let's hope Big Dick goes deep at the Australian Open, he' had pretty limp results lately. I'd like to see him keep it up well into his 40's.

MaxPower
01-11-2012, 07:35 PM
Wasn't Santoro the oldest one to ever win a singles title at 36 or so? (modern era)

Doubles is special case and being 35+ there just isn't the same.

Muster playing this year? I like his spirit but honestly some of the tournament directors that gave him WCs should be ashamed. Muster should only play on the champions tour and even there players like Moya, Philippoussis, Enqvist and Henman are better than him...

philosophicalarf
01-11-2012, 07:59 PM
I would think that Topspindoctor logically makes sense if not for the fact that 20% of the top 100 is currently 30 or older.

Doping. Tennis has basically no drugtesting at all, and there are quite a few drugs help the body repair itself (especially overnight between rounds). Same as happened in baseball.

Slice Winner
01-11-2012, 08:19 PM
Doping. Tennis has basically no drugtesting at all, and there are quite a few drugs help the body repair itself (especially overnight between rounds). Same as happened in baseball.

:lol:

finishingmove
01-11-2012, 08:36 PM
So it's Muster after all? Interesting

philosophicalarf
01-11-2012, 11:02 PM
:lol:

You disagree?

Top players have an average of 1 out of competition test each year. Given they need to miss three in 18 months to get penalised, the whole system is completely worthless. Players are thus totally free to dope out of competition as much as they like, with zero chance of getting caught.

Oh, and of course, when big names are actually caught, history suggests the tennis authorities cover it up (see Mr Agassi, and the nandrolene dozens).

Oh, and only three tournaments in a year actually test for EPO.

Oh, and there's no testing for HGH at all.

......and on, and on, and on.

SelvenluvJo
01-12-2012, 03:08 AM
Might be Ljubicic, he obviously faked his age.

looking at his teeth , he is a vampire
http://croatia.org/crown/content_images/Ivan_Ljubicic_Ordina2_2007.jpg
:spit:

v-money
01-12-2012, 03:17 AM
At Davis Cup (from their website):

Oldest player
- 59 years, 147 days: Yaka-Garonfin Koptigan (TOG), 2001

ogre
01-12-2012, 07:53 AM
I would think that Topspindoctor logically makes sense if not for the fact that 20% of the top 100 is currently 30 or older.

You are right....and times have obviously changed a lot in the many years since fabrice santoro retired.

Springer89
01-18-2012, 09:30 PM
At least we can see now who's the oldest ranked player:

http://www.atpworldtour.com/~/media/05E4BA7DF3F44720873CB220E4A89AE6.ashx

emotion
01-18-2012, 09:36 PM
13 year old pro??? :worship:

Springer89
01-18-2012, 09:42 PM
Not really... According to ITF he's born in 1988. :shrug:

tektonac
01-18-2012, 09:44 PM
http://tinyurl.com/6ma6dah

emotion
01-18-2012, 09:44 PM
ITF would seem to be correct. Hmm

Mountaindewslave
01-18-2012, 10:02 PM
ITF would seem to be correct. Hmm

nahhh he's born 1998 ATP is correct

Springer89
01-18-2012, 10:22 PM
ATP is correct

Sure is

http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/4446/2011mediaguidepage67.jpg

duong
01-18-2012, 11:05 PM
At least we can see now who's the oldest ranked player:

http://www.atpworldtour.com/~/media/05E4BA7DF3F44720873CB220E4A89AE6.ashx

interesting : I'd love that they added the birth year to their rankings page :)

Anyway, it seems that the French Yann Drieux (probably from Reunion Island), ranked number 1218 (best ranking ever 1115 at nearly 36 years old :lol: ), is older by one month than Muster : he won one match in qualies in a challenger on the Reunion Island : I remember these qualies were a fake :lol:

abraxas21
01-19-2012, 12:42 AM
The age of tennis players ending their careers will end up younger and younger as time goes on. This is mainly due to the fact that the competition is better and fields are stronger. You no longer see 35+ year old clowns making slam finals and winning 100+ titles as the case was in the 60's and 70's. It really puts things into perspective how much tennis has improved since then and how much better guys of today are. Someone like Connors today would have Giraldo career most likely.

not sure if serious or just trolling

Shinoj
01-19-2012, 02:09 PM
Davydenko.. Apparently he is 56..