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Where the Boys Aren't
S.L. PRICE
July 09, 2012
The graying of men's tennis since 1990 was evident during Week 1 of Wimbledon, where the average age and the number of players over 30 were record highs and the number of teenagers tied the alltime low.
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July 09, 2012

Where The Boys Aren't

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YEAR AVERAGE AGE NUMBER OF PLAYERS OVER 30 NUMBER OF PLAYERS IN TEENS
1990 24.8 11 John McEnroe, 31, is seeded fourth. 15 Pete Sampras (left), 18, is seeded No. 12. Among other teenagers in the draw: Michael Chang, Jim Courier, Goran Ivanisevic.
1991 24.9 9 7
1992 24.9 9 5
1993 24.9 11 5
1994 25 6 6 Tim Henman, 19, makes his Wimbledon debut.
1995 25.3 13 5
1996 25.4 15 5
1997 25.2 9 5
1998 25.3 10 2
1999 25.5 12 Boris Becker, 31, plays his final Wimbledon. 3
2000 25.6 13 6
2001 25.6 18 8 Roger Federer, 19, eliminates defending champion Sampras, 29, in the fourth round.
2002 25.5 15 4
2003 25.4 14 5
2004 25.7 20 4
2005 25.8 23 8
2006 26 17 Andre Agassi, 36, is seeded 25th at his last Wimbledon. 4 Novak Djokovic, 19, reaches the fourth round.
2007 26.2 19 7
2008 25.9 18 5
2009 26.5 19 2
2010 26.5 20 2
2011 26.9 24 2
2012 27.3 34 2 Bernard Tomic, 19, seeded No. 20, loses in the first round.

The graying of men's tennis since 1990 was evident during Week 1 of Wimbledon, where the average age and the number of players over 30 were record highs and the number of teenagers tied the alltime low.

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Source: HeavyTopspin.com

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