Who Is the Youngest and Oldest Player Ever to Win US Open?

Published 08/29/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 31: A general view of Arthur Ashe Stadium during the Women’s Singles third round match between Naomi Osaka of Japan and Cori Gauff of the United States on day six of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2019 in Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)


Every year, the top crop of men and women tennis players arrive in New York for the US Open. Since it is the fourth and final annual Grand Slam, the anticipation is always high. This year, it will be the 141st edition of the effervescent American Grand Slam.

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So, it is fair to say that the US Open has birthed more than a hundred champions in its almost century and a half legacy. Hence, before this year’s event gets underway, we take a look at the youngest and oldest men’s and women’s singles champions of the US Open.

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US Open: Youngest men’s and women’s singles winners

One of America’s greatest tennis players, Pete Sampras, is the youngest winner of the US Open men’s singles title to date. Notably, he is also the youngest-ever winner of the American Grand Slam.

Pete Sampras of the United States serves to Martin Damm during their Men’s Singles first round match at the US Open Tennis Championship on 2 September 2000 at the USTA National Tennis Center in the Flushing neighbourhood of Queens in New York, United States. (Photo by Gary M. Prior/Getty Images)

Sampras made this record at 19 years, 0 months, 28 days old at the 1990 US Open Tennis Championships. He then went on to win four more Grand Slams at home in his career.

Moreover, in the Open Era, Australian Lleyton Hewitt is second to Sampras, completing the feat aged 20 years, six months, 13 days in 2001. Then, Hewitt had surpassed American John McEnroe, who had won it 11 days older than him in 1979.

On the women’s side, American Tracy Austin has the unsurpassed record for the youngest winner in New York. She accomplished the same at only 16 years, eight months, 28 days old. Two players who came close to her record were Martina Hingis and Monica Seles. While Hingis did it at 16 years, 11 months, eight days old in 1997, Seles won at 17 years, nine months, five days in 1991.

Oldest men’s and women’s singles winners in US Slam

Ken Rosewall remains the oldest US Open champion. At 35 years, ten months, 11 days, the Australian tasted glory in 1970.

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After Rosewall, with a four-year gap, 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal and three majors champion Stan Wawrinka take second and third place in the Open Era, respectively. The Spaniard did it at the age of 33 in 2019, whereas the Swiss professional was 31 years, five months, 14 days old.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 26: Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland and Rafael Nadal of Spain hug at the net after Wawrinka won their men’s final match during day 14 of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

In 2015, Flavia Pennetta crossed tennis queen Serena Williams (32 years, 11 months, 11 days – 2014) as the oldest winner of the American Slam. She was 33 years, six months, 18 days.

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Also, the third in the list is 24-time Grand Slam champion Margaret Court, who won it in 1973 at 31 years, one month, 23 days. It sums up our list. Do you think these records will break at US Open 2021?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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