SENSATIONAL! 74-Year-Old Tennis Player Makes Her Return to the Professional Game

Published 05/03/2021, 9:44 AM EDT
A general view of Arthur Ashe Stadium is seen as Alexander Zverev of Germany serves the ball in the third set during his Men’s Singles final match against and Dominic Thiem of Austria on Day Fourteen of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Tennis is one of the oldest sports and was first played in the 19th century. There have been many wonderful stories and memories with regard to this elegant sport. This game has created many legends belonging to various generations who have gained worldwide recognition.

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Recently, there was an incredible announcement of the return of a former tennis player on Tour. Gail Falkenberg will be making her return on Tour at the age of 76 years!

74-year-old Gail Falkenberg returns to professional tennis 

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As shocking as the news is, it is also a much-needed positive story in these dreary times.

A general view inside the Wimbledon Number 1 court with the new fixed and retractable roof after the Wimbledon Spring Press Conference 2019 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on April 30, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Gail will be playing in the ITF 125 event held in Naples, Florida. The tournament is scheduled to begin on the 3rd of May and will end on the 9th of May. Falkenberg will play in the qualifying round in order to proceed into the main draw. She will face 20-year-old Tiphanie Fiquet in her opening round match.

Madrid Open has seen some big stars fall already

On the WTA circuit, players are currently in Madrid, competing at the first WTA 1000 clay-court event of the season. Stars like Naomi Osaka and Venus Williams have suffered early-round exits.

A general view during the match between Rafael Nadal of Spain and Frances Tiafoe of the United States during day six of the Mutua Madrid Open at La Caja Magica on May 09, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

However, World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty and former Grand Slam champion Simona Halep are going strong in Madrid. Three-time champion Petra Kvitova is looking impressive too. 

After their stint in Madrid, players will move towards Rome and will compete in the final WTA 1000 clay-court event of the season. American superstar Serena Williams is expected to resume her season in Rome. Following that, all focus will shift towards the second Grand Slam event of the season, the French Open

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Speaking about the recent tournaments, Australian tennis ace Ashleigh Barty won the Miami Open beating Canadian talent Bianca Andreescu in the final. Prior to that, Japanese starlet Naomi Osaka won her fourth Grand Slam title in Melbourne this year.

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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