Tennis by Age


Bernard Tomic is no longer the only teenager in the top 100.  That’s because Bernard Tomic turned 20 a week ago.  That is one of the facts I got from looking at “tennisabstract.com’s” list of “Rankings by Age”.

Guilherme Clezar of Brazil is the top ranked player in the 19 and under category.  Clezar is still looking for his first win over a top 100 player.  His current ranking (214th) is also his highest ranking.  Next is Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic at #263 followed by Jason Kubler of Australia.  Of the three, Kubler is the only one with a win over a top 100 opponent – he beat Filippo Volandri of Italy who was ranked 69th at the time.  All three of these players are 19.  So who’s the youngest in the top 500? Thiago Monteiro (#412) of Brazil is 18,  2 days younger than American Christian Harrison (#475) – most people know him as the younger brother of Ryan Harrison.  Luke Saville of Australia is the highest ranked 18 year old – 375th.  Saville lost to Vesely in the 2011 Australian Open Boys Finals, but came back to win the Wimbledon Boys title at age 17.  In 2012 he won the Australian but lost inthe finals of Wimbledon.  In January 2012 he was the #1 junior in the world.

So what about 20 year olds.  That’s a category where we see a lot of Americans but the top 20 year old is still Bernard Tomic at #48. Joining him in the top 100 is American Ryan Harrison – 61st.  U.S. Open Junior Finals opponents Denis Kudla and Jack Sock are still fighting it out as they are ranked 162nd and 164th respectively.  Sock started the year at 380, while Kudla started the year at 276.  It will be interesting to see how far these guys go and which one gets highest in the rankings.

The not yet 23 category is headed up my Milos Raonic at #15 and Kei Nishikori at #16 but you still got Tomic and Harrison as the 4th and 5th highest ranked players under 23 and it will be quite a while before they age out of that category.

So how about the over 28 category.  Of course Federer at #1 is the highest ranked and David Ferrer at #5 is the next highest ranked.  Janko Tipsarevic is 9th.  Both Federer and Ferrer also qualify for the over 30 category too.  Although he’s retired, Andy Roddick still qualifies as the top American in the over 28 category.  he is ranked 29th.  Then we have the over 32 category headed up by Tommy Haas (#20).  Haas is actually 34 and Radek Stepanek will be 34 on November 27th.

If you want to see all of the results or if you want to follow this web page (it is updated weekly) go to:

http://tennisabstract.com/reports/rankingsByAge.html

There is also a drop down menu if you want to see past players in each of the categories (it is based on year end rankings).

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