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raiden031
04-22-2008, 06:58 PM
So I notice alot of pros look way older than they actually are. I'm currently watching the Djokovic vs. Ljubicic match on TTC and didn't realize Ljubicic was only 29 years old when he looks about 45 to me. What other players look really old for their age?

Nadal_Freak
04-22-2008, 07:00 PM
Federer looks old for his age. Can't think of anyone else at the moment.

ScovilleJenkins
04-22-2008, 07:01 PM
todd martin always seemed way older

superstition
04-22-2008, 07:02 PM
Sun damage makes a lot of tennis players look older, especially men since they don't usually weak make-up to hide it.

daddy
04-22-2008, 07:03 PM
Mardy Fish looks like he is to turn 40.

slice bh compliment
04-22-2008, 07:04 PM
Yeah, like superstition said, it's the sun, man, definitely. Ever seen Boris Becker up close? Poor guy with the recessive traits and the heavy sun exposure. If it weren't for the full head of hair and the highlights, he'd look 50 instead of 40.

Mac? Looks 60 even though he's leaner than ever.

Then you look at a guy like Emilio Sanchez or Sergi Bruguera, and they look 35 and 30 max.

Vision84
04-22-2008, 07:12 PM
Tursonov looks in his 30s yet he is only 25.

iamke55
04-22-2008, 07:36 PM
Davydenko and Sampras look really old.

CanadianChic
04-22-2008, 08:06 PM
Sun, heat, stress, traveling for years...the list goes on. I think most players look a good ten years older than their actual ages. The only ones with baby faces are the juniours and that quickly changes once they hit the pro circuit.

princess bossass
04-22-2008, 08:12 PM
Lindsay Davenport looks like a catcher's mitt. Which is why I LOL'ed when I read she and Tracy Austin were promoting a line of skin care products.

CanadianChic
04-22-2008, 08:19 PM
Lindsay Davenport looks like a catcher's mitt. Which is why I LOL'ed when I read she and Tracy Austin were promoting a line of skin care products.

Haha...I always get a kick out of your choice of words. I agree on Davenport - she's my favourite but her advice I can do without. She's how old again?

http://img223.imageshack.us/img223/1055/85787366cr9.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

CanadianChic
04-22-2008, 08:23 PM
Sorry Bette, I know he's your honey and he is a very good looking man no doubt, but he doesn't look 31. He was the first player who came to mind when I saw the thread title.

http://img223.imageshack.us/img223/2904/60117343db8.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

0range
04-22-2008, 09:38 PM
The lone exception - Kristof Vliegen. Turning 26 but looks 16 :D

flyer
04-22-2008, 09:41 PM
Lindsay Davenport looks like a catcher's mitt. Which is why I LOL'ed when I read she and Tracy Austin were promoting a line of skin care products.

hahaha, where do people think of these things!!!! so true though

spiritdragon
04-22-2008, 10:11 PM
davydenko looks like hes in his late 30s

lordmanji
04-22-2008, 10:22 PM
but dont pros wear sunblock? that should help no?

slice bh compliment
04-22-2008, 10:23 PM
davydenko looks like hes in his late 30s

But if he had a Tina Turner wig on, he'd look more like David Spade/Joe Dirt in his late 20s.

Leublu tennis
04-22-2008, 11:09 PM
Bald (Ljubicic and Davydenko) and grey hair (Martin) = old. But I don't think Federer looks that old. But then a lot depends on which side of 30 you are on.

princess bossass
04-22-2008, 11:18 PM
Haha...I always get a kick out of your choice of words. I agree on Davenport - she's my favourite but her advice I can do without. She's how old again?

Hehe, I'm glad to read "get a kick out of" rather than "want to kick you for". :wink:

http://img223.imageshack.us/img223/1055/85787366cr9.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Yeah, she rules, but seriously, the sun exposure has done its work. I know a lot of women in their late 40s who are better-preserved.

Leublu tennis
04-22-2008, 11:28 PM
What about stress of marriage, child?

princess bossass
04-22-2008, 11:37 PM
What about stress of marriage, child?

I'd venture that the sun-damage predated the fam. :wink:

stormholloway
04-22-2008, 11:56 PM
Krickstein doesn't look like he's changed since 1991.

IvanAndreevich
04-22-2008, 11:58 PM
Fed doesn't look old. Neither does Ferrer or Roddick, or Nalbandian. Blake looks his age.

HoVa
04-23-2008, 12:05 AM
Fed def. looks old. He's a year younger than me and he already looks well into his 30s.

Jana Novotna looked like she was 60 when she was in her prime.

Martina Navratolova is like one giant piece of beef jerky with blond hair.

Only the asian pro's manage to look like teenagers. Michael Chang (saw him last year) still looks young.

James
04-23-2008, 07:56 AM
but dont pros wear sunblock? that should help no?

They do, but they don't wear enough of it, they don't wear it often enough, and I have NEVER seen a pro re-apply between sets.

Plus the a lot sun damage which appears later in life starts a a young age - how many of these pros put on sunblock when they were 14-year-olds and playing for hours in the sun day in and day out?

rolandg
04-23-2008, 08:01 AM
I don't get why more people don't 'do a Pat Rafter' and wear sun cream.

lordmanji
04-23-2008, 08:11 AM
They do, but they don't wear enough of it, they don't wear it often enough, and I have NEVER seen a pro re-apply between sets.

Plus the a lot sun damage which appears later in life starts a a young age - how many of these pros put on sunblock when they were 14-year-olds and playing for hours in the sun day in and day out?

yeah, that's true. ive only recently started applying sunblock when i play tennis - about two years ago when i was 24. my skin was doing well until i went snowboarding and i only put one application of 30 spf sunblock. i was there for 10 hrs and my skin was peeling like crazy the next day and was so red. i have more wrinkles on my forehead from that one day alone. now im using some neutrogena cream to restore some of what i lost.

Gundam
04-23-2008, 08:18 AM
I don't get why more people don't 'do a Pat Rafter' and wear sun cream.


I heard that Sun block cream can cause skin problem for heavy sweating athletes. Also, if it gets in the eyes...pain.

raiden031
04-23-2008, 08:24 AM
Fed doesn't look old.

I'm a year older than Fed and am pretty sure if you put me and him next to each other, people would think I'm younger. I'd say he looks about 30, which isn't too bad.

zagor
04-23-2008, 08:28 AM
Ljubicic is the first that comes to mind.That guy is my sister's age but he looks like he is 35-40.

Tarboro
04-23-2008, 08:28 AM
Keep in mind that most pros start playing big tournaments when they're incredibly young. The best players are in the public eye when they're 16 or so. How many other jobs can you do for 15 years and be an elder statesman (or woman)?

Earning a living, often for your family as well as yourself, at 18 tends to cause pros to grow up fast, which makes them appear more emotionally mature, which makes them appear more physically mature, especially as most pros are physical specimens anyway.

stormholloway
04-23-2008, 08:30 AM
Federer in interviews doesn't look any older than his numerical age.

lordmanji
04-23-2008, 08:38 AM
I heard that Sun block cream can cause skin problem for heavy sweating athletes. Also, if it gets in the eyes...pain.

i hope thats not your excuse for not using sunblock. i primarily use banana boat sunscreen and it does bother my eyes if it gets in and on windy days but most of the time i hardly notice its there. plus, do you really want to look 40 when you're 30?

re: skin problems, sometimes i'll get pimples when i use my neutrogena moisturize but not with the sunblock that i know of. could be just natural.

Lotto
04-23-2008, 08:46 AM
I'm lucky that I don't have to wear sun cream over here. The sun rarely comes out and if it's out it's only about 18 degrees. In the summer if we're lucky we could see freak temperatures of 25-30 degrees. The advantages of living in Ireland I guess.

vandyer
04-23-2008, 09:46 AM
There are 2 people i think look older;
1. Davydenko - i think e's only 26
2. Lubijic

SempreSami
04-23-2008, 10:00 AM
Sorry Bette, I know he's your honey and he is a very good looking man no doubt, but he doesn't look 31. He was the first player who came to mind when I saw the thread title.

http://img223.imageshack.us/img223/2904/60117343db8.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://www.4thegame.com/media/00/04/10/jens_lehmann.jpg

WillAlwaysLoveYouTennis
04-23-2008, 10:09 AM
I think it's genetics, plus the sun, stress issues. Someone who has heavier features like a Federer for example, the thicker eyebrows and outstanding nose are going to look older to most people's eyes. These are traits associated with age. Brows thickened as you age, nose continues to thicken and grow for many.

While someone like Vliegen, has smaller featuers: nose, mouth, with larger eyes, traits which are associated with most children. Therefore, most will think he looks younger than his age.

Ljubicic to me looks older than his age, but then the pate has more to do with that than actual features, Davydenko as well. Nikolai has a very young face. Imagine him in a "do" with blonde curls, and he will look his age, and no more.

BigT
04-23-2008, 10:24 AM
Stepanek could pass for about 40....

sillymonkey
04-23-2008, 10:59 AM
Haha...I always get a kick out of your choice of words. I agree on Davenport - she's my favourite but her advice I can do without. She's how old again?

http://img223.imageshack.us/img223/1055/85787366cr9.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

hysterical!

James
04-23-2008, 12:27 PM
yeah, that's true. ive only recently started applying sunblock when i play tennis - about two years ago when i was 24. my skin was doing well until i went snowboarding and i only put one application of 30 spf sunblock. i was there for 10 hrs and my skin was peeling like crazy the next day and was so red. i have more wrinkles on my forehead from that one day alone. now im using some neutrogena cream to restore some of what i lost.

Yeah, snowboarding/skiiing is the worst - I snowboarded (or at least I attempted to :mrgreen: ) for about four hours one day, wearing an SPF 30 sunscreen, and I got burned on a small patch of skin that I missed when I reapplied. :lol:

And yeah, even though I started wearing sunscreen on a regular basis around the time I turned 22, that won't change the fact that I used to swim for at least an hour every day and got baked and toasty looking every summer during my early to mid-teen years.

coloskier
04-23-2008, 12:39 PM
todd martin always seemed way older

Yeah, his hair turned gray before he hit 30.

coloskier
04-23-2008, 12:40 PM
but dont pros wear sunblock? that should help no?

Sunblock, no matter how good it is, has a tendency to get in your eyes when you sweat. Not good for a tennis player.

coloskier
04-23-2008, 12:42 PM
Stepanek could pass for about 40....

Stepanek could pass for "the undead".

pound cat
04-23-2008, 01:21 PM
What about stress of marriage, child?

Law suits, alimony, drug accusations, betting investigations, trying to get up on the rankings, trying to keep up in the rankings, hiring and firing coaches, seeing more and more competition as the years go on, worrying about what you'll do for money when your ATP days are done.

PascalMariaFan
04-23-2008, 01:48 PM
They're on the road a lot, and constantly in the sun.

JohnnyCracker
04-23-2008, 02:01 PM
Kuznetsova looks old. She's only 22.

James
04-23-2008, 03:12 PM
Sunblock, no matter how good it is, has a tendency to get in your eyes when you sweat. Not good for a tennis player.

Still, it's not an issue if it's a non-irritating sunscreen with a sweat-resistant formulation. They do exist and there's no excuse to not wear 'em. That and sunglasses.

MEAC_ALLAMERICAN
04-23-2008, 03:19 PM
Lindsay Davenport looks like a catcher's mitt. Which is why I LOL'ed when I read she and Tracy Austin were promoting a line of skin care products.


Today was probably one of the worst days of my life, but when I read your post about poor Lindsay, I couldn't stop laughing.

I am a huge fan of Lindsay Davenport, but that was funny. :lol:

princess bossass
04-23-2008, 03:43 PM
Today was probably one of the worst days of my life, but when I read your post about poor Lindsay, I couldn't stop laughing.

I am a huge fan of Lindsay Davenport, but that was funny. :lol:

Sorry to hear about your day.:( Glad you can still laugh, though! Shows a healthy disposition, if you ask me.

Guevin
04-23-2008, 03:51 PM
http://i32.tinypic.com/2s14ns3.jpg

Lindsay doesn't look too happy here, uh waitaminute....

MonkeyPox
04-23-2008, 03:54 PM
Moya looks horrible. Too much partying. He looks rough and used up. Still can play pretty well though. I went to his match at INdian Wells this year and he was good.

TennisProdigy
04-23-2008, 04:33 PM
The sun will make you age!!!

GeorgeLucas
04-24-2008, 08:28 AM
G L O B A L W A R M I N G

raiden031
04-24-2008, 08:51 AM
http://i32.tinypic.com/2s14ns3.jpg

Lindsay doesn't look too happy here, uh waitaminute....

this is great. I can definitely see the resemblance. I would be fearing old age if I was Lindsay. :twisted:

jgreen06
04-24-2008, 10:40 AM
federer seemed to age about 5 years in that tipsarevic AO match

Bjorn99
04-24-2008, 07:02 PM
That comment about Davenport was world class funny. And I really like her, she has the best mits of all time.

Bjorn99
04-24-2008, 07:04 PM
By the way, anyone ever read the ingredients on sunblock? And why is that people who get brain cancer always seem to be the ones who dyed their hair all the time? Breast cancer, related to underarm aluminum deodorants.

If you can't eat it, don't put it on your skin. The sun is quite healthy for you, in proper dosages. Playing tennis these days, with the photon belt(google it) at full steam, is crazy anyways.

0range
04-24-2008, 07:20 PM
By the way, anyone ever read the ingredients on sunblock? And why is that people who get brain cancer always seem to be the ones who dyed their hair all the time? Breast cancer, related to underarm aluminum deodorants.

If you can't eat it, don't put it on your skin. The sun is quite healthy for you, in proper dosages. Playing tennis these days, with the photon belt(google it) at full steam, is crazy anyways.

I rather die smelling nice and looking pretty.

quest01
04-24-2008, 08:45 PM
G L O B A L W A R M I N G

That's a myth. Even if Global Warming is real, it's not caused from human activity.

0d1n
04-25-2008, 12:11 AM
That's a myth. Even if Global Warming is real, it's not caused from human activity.

Is that what your president is telling you ??

superman1
04-25-2008, 12:31 AM
hahaha, where do people think of these things!!!! so true though

Seinfeld

Jerry (to Kramer): What happened to your face? It looks like an old catcher's mitt!

That's where people get these things. Seinfeld.

Deuce
04-25-2008, 12:44 AM
Kuznetsova looks old. She's only 22.
I agree ^ .
She doesn't look 50 or anything, but she does look at least 10 years older than she is.

Also Mary Pierce. She could look 18 from one angle, and 52 from another angle - in the same day.

superman1
04-25-2008, 12:47 AM
Jankovic looks like a granny with the forehead of an alien baby, but I don't think she can blame the Sun for that.

When they retire, they immediately start aging twice as fast.

princess bossass
04-25-2008, 08:06 AM
Monica Seles looks really good. Just sayin'.

Re: sunblocks--there are physical sunblocks in addition to chemical sunblocks if you're nervous about putting chemicals on your skin. I don't know whether there are sweatproof formulas, though...

Greengrass
04-25-2008, 01:55 PM
Federer in interviews doesn't look any older than his numerical age.


Correct! I think all players look older while playing due to concentration/stress etc. But off court they relax and so do their facial muscles.

pound cat
04-25-2008, 03:39 PM
By the way, anyone ever read the ingredients on sunblock? And why is that people who get brain cancer always seem to be the ones who dyed their hair all the time? Breast cancer, related to underarm aluminum deodorants.

If you can't eat it, don't put it on your skin. The sun is quite healthy for you, in proper dosages. Playing tennis these days, with the photon belt(google it) at full steam, is crazy anyways.


Anyone ever read the list of ingredients on a tube of toothpaste? NO, there is no list.,,,unless you but natural toothpaste from a health food store. ($5.00 a tube, which lets out most of the consumers) or toilet paper, processed with bleach and other nasy things. Not unless you buy it at a health food store. And so the list goes on.

And I presume you don't eat any meat...yes, chicken is meat, which is full of antibiotics, growth hormores, etc. Or seafood and fish which are largely raised in disease prone, antibiotic filled fish farms.


Organic foods are grown in soil thet has pesticide run-off from the farm next door and is rain-on by polluted water. So you might as well give up and start to dye your hair, brush with Crest, eat red meat, and throw up or hands in the "I surrender" pose.

Enjoy your dinner. And don't forget to brush your teeth! And don't breath or drink the water.

kabob
04-25-2008, 05:06 PM
Tennis Channel has been reairing the '99 French Open final between Agassi and Andrei Medvedev, and I couldn't help but notice the fact that at 24 years old, Medvedev looked like he was 45; complete with worse balding than Davydenko on his worse day :lol: Check it out, he looks 10 years older than Agassi and Agassi was 29 years old at the time:

http://cache.viewimages.com/xc/1220012.jpg?v=1&c=ViewImages&k=2&d=17A4AD9FDB9CF19390335F8FA9CA92A6A77A86376333252A 9930FDCFC4C15FBB

kabob
04-25-2008, 05:09 PM
Medvedev with Kafelnikov and a baby Marat Safin before anybody knew who he was.

http://www.medvedev.org/en/tusov1.jpg

shell
04-26-2008, 05:08 AM
Is that what your president is telling you ??

Most of us are listening more to our ex vice president these days :)

Shabazza
04-26-2008, 05:17 AM
Ancic looks pretty young.

Leelord337
04-26-2008, 06:42 PM
Tennis Channel has been reairing the '99 French Open final between Agassi and Andrei Medvedev, and I couldn't help but notice the fact that at 24 years old, Medvedev looked like he was 45; complete with worse balding than Davydenko on his worse day :lol: Check it out, he looks 10 years older than Agassi and Agassi was 29 years old at the time:

http://cache.viewimages.com/xc/1220012.jpg?v=1&c=ViewImages&k=2&d=17A4AD9FDB9CF19390335F8FA9CA92A6A77A86376333252A 9930FDCFC4C15FBB

lol, yeah, I was about to say medvedev. he looks 40something and i thought he was 40+ but was in his 20's. don't drink the russian water, him and davydenko are aging prematurely

MariaS
04-26-2008, 07:48 PM
I do think the sun has a lot to do with their wrinkling. But some of the old pros who are coaches have this streaky long hair or they are going bald. :shock:

dennis10is
04-26-2008, 07:51 PM
Anyone ever read the list of ingredients on a tube of toothpaste? NO, there is no list.,,,unless you but natural toothpaste from a health food store. ($5.00 a tube, which lets out most of the consumers) or toilet paper, processed with bleach and other nasy things. Not unless you buy it at a health food store. And so the list goes on.

And I presume you don't eat any meat...yes, chicken is meat, which is full of antibiotics, growth hormores, etc. Or seafood and fish which are largely raised in disease prone, antibiotic filled fish farms.


Organic foods are grown in soil thet has pesticide run-off from the farm next door and is rain-on by polluted water. So you might as well give up and start to dye your hair, brush with Crest, eat red meat, and throw up or hands in the "I surrender" pose.

Enjoy your dinner. And don't forget to brush your teeth! And don't breath or drink the water.

That's why I've asked North Koren scientist to clone myself. Raised my baby selves with ultra clean class 10 rooms. All taken care of by robots. They are fed an absolute clean diet and then I harvest my babies, as food for me. My food farm has minimal carbon foot print, uses solar, wind, hydro and thermal energy sources. I can recycle 90% of what I consume.

As a matter of fact. I take my excrement and urine back to my facilities and recylce them into paste, which are eaten by may baby-selves. I in turn, eat them.

I don't know how you can eat other animals or plants. Plants are living things too you know. Just because they are animals we think it is OK to eat them. What if aliens are intelligent plants. They'll get really mad if they find out we eat salads. No, best thing to do is to eat yourselves so that one of you may live.

How that for logic or logico absurdium?

jgreen06
04-26-2008, 08:59 PM
i think todd martin wins this contest

albino smurf
04-27-2008, 04:55 AM
I watched Martin with my wife and she thought it was an over 60 event. She said he moves pretty good for being over 60. A few seconds later they showed his stats and age..

slice bh compliment
04-27-2008, 05:02 AM
...Martina Navratolova is like one giant piece of beef jerky with blond hair....

Navratilova? I love her and I think she looks ridiculously fit. But yeah a little bit of the Tom Petty with a tan look. Or a taller John Denver if she went gray. Probably why she dyes her hair.