Originally Posted by joe sch
Why not for certain events that were shorter in format. Pancho Gonzales beat the best in tennis at 40 years of age, like in the Vegas Open that was played later in the year after the major events had finished. Today there is plenty of money for the seniors to have special touring events so it would probably not be reality.
I doubt that Gonzalez played his best tennis at 40 even though he had spectacular wins against Laver, Rosewall, Newcombe, Roche and Ashe at 40 to 42. He just was such a genius that he could save much of his prime level into that old age.
No player ever was at his best at 40. In Pancho's time the prime of the top players was from about 25-30, more recently from 22 to 29.