Tony Roche: the oldest in the top 10??

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  1. Marius_Hancu

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    Tony Roche:
    Facing twice Rod Laver, Laver en route to 1969 CGS

    1969 US Open
    NY, U.S.A. Grass F Laver, Rod
    7-9, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2

    1969 Australian Open
    Australia Grass S Laver, Rod
    7-5, 22-20, 9-11, 1-6, 6-3

    and in a W final:

    1968 Wimbledon
    England Grass F Laver, Rod
    6-3, 6-4, 6-2

    http://www.atpworldtour.com/Players/Head-To-Head.aspx?pId=R073&oId=L058

    still the oldest in the top 10:

    1. Tony Roche (AUS)
    30 (2 mos., 9 days)
    No. 9 - July 26, 1975
    http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2011/04/Other/Shark-Bites-Top-10.aspx

    Surprising for me.
     
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  2. urban

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    Tony Roche would have ended in the top ten from 1966-1970, if the computer rankings had existed before end 1973. Since 1970, he was severely hampered by an ellbow injury, and after visiting a faith healer in the Phillippines, he could make a comeback in 1975, when he reached the semis at Wim, and gave Ashe his hardest battle on route to the title.
     
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    After being a clear number 2 to Laver in the late 60's, the injury robbed Rochey of his 4 or 5 prime years right when Laver was winding down.
    After trying everything to repair his arm (including a copper bracelet) it was the trip to the faith healer that got him back on court.
    One of my all time favourite players and I was lucky enough to hit with him very briefly at a tennis camp.
     
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    The last day that Jimmy Connors was ranked inside the top 10 was on the 30th April 1989. Connors was 36 years, 7 months and 28 days old on that day. Is there anyone older who has been a top 10 player?
     
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    november 1974 Rosewall was number 10 at 40 years of age
     
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    Pancho Gonzalez was still great at 40+.

     
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    I'd pretty much forgotten Roche used the Yoneyama (Yonex) 7500 (gold). I used the green 8500.
     
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  10. kiki

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    Ashe ranked nº 7 in 1979, he was 36 years old.

    Roche was 31 by 1975
     
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    I still remember watching him live and his volley mastership was astonishing.So was his very deep and low first serve.like Hoad, he could have been a challenger for GOAT if their bodies - and minds- would have held up
     
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    Still considered to have the best backhand volley ever - I also thought Rosewall was the oldest top 10 player in 1974 when he was just over 40.
     
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    Rosewall reached the SF of the Australian Open ( the 4th leg of the GS) in 1977... he was around 43 by then.

    Connors didn´t bad either.was a US open Semifinalist in 1991, aged 39.

    Gonzales was just unbelievable to be truth
     
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