The top five oldest players to ever won a grand slam tournament
Tennis players compete in the most Grand Slam tournaments each year. The majority of players plan their seasons around the Grand Slam tournament schedule. The Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and US Open are the four Grand Slams.
The following is a list of players who have won grand slams after turning 30:
1. Ken Rosewell
Ken Rosewell was one of Australia’s most successful tennis players, having won a total of eight grand slams. Ken was 37 years, 2 months, and 1 day old when he won the championship, cementing his place in history. Other greats of the game have come close to matching his achievement, but his remains the most amazing.
2. Roger Federer
Almost every record is held by the Swiss master. He shares the record for most Grand Slams won (20) with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Roger Federer has beaten the odds and made tennis history on numerous occasions. His late-career comebacks and superb form have been nothing short of remarkable. Federer won the 2018 Australian Open at the age of 36 years, 5 months, and 7 days. This is Federer’s most recent grand slam victory, as he also lost in five sets against Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final in 2019.
3. Serena Williams
In her stellar career, Serena Williams has won 23 grand slams. In the final, she defeated her sister Venus 6-4 6-4 to win the 2017 Australian Open. She claimed the title when she was 35 years, 4 months, and 2 days old. Serena Williams added to her record grand slam total of 23 major titles with this incredible achievement, which she accomplished while pregnant.
4. Andres Gimeno
Andres Gimeno became the oldest Spanish player to win a grand slam at the age of 34 years, 10 months, and 1 day. The Spaniard won the 1972 French Open by defeating Patrick Proisy 4-6 6-3 6-1 6-1. Gimeno was ranked 6 in the world at the time, therefore he wasn’t the betting favourite heading into the competition. Despite the odds, he won his first and only grand slam championship. This made him the oldest first-time grand slam winner in the open era.
5. Rafael Nadal
The Spanish Bull is often regarded as the best player in history. He has won the French Open 13 times in total. This tremendous accomplishment reflects his incredible work ethic and mentality. Nadal defeated his arch rival Novak Djokovic 6-0 6-2 7-5 to win the 2020 French Open. He achieved it when he was 34 years, 3 months, and 25 days old. This is a remarkable performance, especially considering how much time Nadal has missed due to injury over his career.