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Old 07-31-2019, 06:45 PM
Sam Stone is offline
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Ken Rosewall won a grand slam title at 37. He made it to the finals of the U.S. Open just shy of his 40th birthday. He won two events when he was 43, and played on the tour until he was 47.

Andre Agassi made it to the finals of the U.S. Open at 35.

There are many players that remained competitive on the tour into their mid to late 30's, right from the beginning of pro tennis.

So the unusual numbers of mid-30's winners now could just be variance.

That said, if anything is different with the men it would be the change in the game due to equipment. Me don't have nearly the number of long rallies they used to have. They probably take less of a toll, on their knees and backs than they used to, And perhaps don't need as much cardio endurance as they once did.