The top 6 youngest champions: Wimbledon

1. Boris Becker won the 1985 Championships at the age of 17, becoming the youngest gentleman’s singles champion ever. “What I remember most about winning Wimbledon at the age of 17 is how people looked at me differently — they believed I was from Mars. They believed I’d done something I shouldn’t have, something that shouldn’t have been conceivable. But I succeeded. I did it again when I was 18, simply to prove a point.”


2. Prior to Becker, the youngest men’s champion was Wilfred Baddeley, who won the title at the age of 19 in 1881. (The Englishman won a couple more titles, in 1892 and 1895).


3. Martina Hingis was only 13 years old when she won the junior Wimbledon championship at the 1994 Championships, making her the competition’s youngest champion (her first Grand Slam victory had come the season before when, at the age of 12, she won the junior French Open to become the youngest player to ever win a junior Grand Slam title).


4. Dennis Ralston, an American, is the youngest ever men’s doubles champion, having won with Mexico’s Rafael Osuna at the age of 17 in 1960. He reached the Wimbledon singles final in 1966, but lost to Manuel Santana.


5. Lottie Dod, nicknamed as ‘The Little Wonder,’ was 15 years and 285 days old when she won the women’ singles title in 1887, clad in a long white frock and black woollen stockings. She is still the world’s youngest women’s singles champion.


6. Martina Hingis is the youngest ever women’s doubles winner, having won at the age of 15 years and 282 days in 1996 with Helena Sukova. She is also the All-England Club’s youngest senior champion – Lottie Dod, who won the ladies’ singles title in 1887, was three days older.