The resurgence of the old guard in 2017 has been one of the great stories in tennis, and the age records have continued to fall at Wimbledon this year. As both the men's and women's finals approach this weekend, we've broken down some of the facts and figures surrounding age:
Whilst 2017 has certainly seen a great deal of success for players in their 30's, as the following two graphs show, this has been a growing trend in recent years:
When you combine men and women, the total age of the eight semi-finalists at Wimbledon 2017 was 237, the fourth highest in Grand Slam history. The top three are all recent events, with the 1968 French Open - the first ever open era Grand Slam - in fifth position.
Let's narrow this down to finalists:
This year's Wimbledon once again appears on the list, as the men and women combine for the third highest combined age in the open era. Notice once again the prevalence of recent Grand Slams, which serves to highlight how, in the modern era, player are able to extend their careers and are 'peaking' for longer.
Statistics and records are from the beginning of the open era (1968 onwards).