A 17/18 years old guy playing a World Tour Finals...When that will happen again?

Vegito

Hall of Fame
I think Michael Chang has the record, he played the Tennis Masters Cup being 17 years old. Wilander and Agassi played being 18 year old. Hewitt at 19 years old. Nadal would but he was injured for the Tennis Masters Cup 2005. Djokovic and Del Potro at 20 years old. Now it´s usual to hear about a 21/22 years old player that "he is very young and needs experience", and sounds like he maybe will have a chance of winning a Slam in some years.

Look at this!:

 
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WhiskeyEE

Legend
I imagine once the top 10 is full of guys like Thiem, Kyrgios, Raonic, etc. you will see some teenagers in the WTF.

The current young generations lack talent compared to the old generations. But there will come a time when the young generation will be no worse than the one before it.

The talent level can't keep dropping forever. Can it?
 
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sbengte

G.O.A.T.
I believe Nadal was 18 when he won FO in 2005 and hence must have qualified for the tour final. Didn 't he play that year ?
 
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He would have been 19 or days away then. He was born in 1986...
yup. Turned 19 during the tourney, he always his birthday during the tournament, usually between R4 and the SF. This year it's scheduled to fall on the day of the SF (30th birthday)
 

Jonas78

Legend
I imagine once the top 10 is full of guys like Thiem, Kyrgios, Raonic, etc. you will see some teenagers in the WTF.

The current young generations lack talent compared to the old generations. But there will come a time when the young generation will be no worse than the one before it.

The talent level can't keep dropping forever. Can it?
Nail on the head.

Next gen cant possibly be worse than 90-95 gen, hopefully better, then the average age will drop again. In 2009, four of the five YE#1 was under 25y. No reason that shouldnt happen again. I think we already see the tendency. Zverev and Kyrgios are born after 95, so i think the 90-95 generation will be trapped between Noles generation and the post 95 generation, they wont win much.
 
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Vegito

Hall of Fame
I believe Nadal was 18 when he won FO in 2005 and hence must have qualified for the tour final. Didn 't he play that year ?
He turned 19 in the tournament. He qualified to the World Tour Finals but he didn´t play due to problems in his left foot. It was decided at last moment; he was in some pictures of the preview of the tournament.

 

Ciaron

Semi-Pro
I think Michael Chang has the record, he played the Tennis Masters Cup being 17 years old. Wilander and Agassi played being 18 year old. Hewitt at 19 years old. Nadal would but he was injured for the Tennis Masters Cup 2005. Djokovic and Del Potro at 20 years old. Now it´s usual to hear about a 21/22 years old player that "he is very young and needs experience", and sounds like he maybe will have a chance of winning a Slam in some years.

Look at this!:

Classic McEnroe tennis
 

Ciaron

Semi-Pro
I think Michael Chang has the record, he played the Tennis Masters Cup being 17 years old. Wilander and Agassi played being 18 year old. Hewitt at 19 years old. Nadal would but he was injured for the Tennis Masters Cup 2005. Djokovic and Del Potro at 20 years old. Now it´s usual to hear about a 21/22 years old player that "he is very young and needs experience", and sounds like he maybe will have a chance of winning a Slam in some years.

Look at this!:

What's the paint design on McEnroe's strings? Almost looks like Snauwert? Although he is playing his Max 200G by the looks
 
I think Michael Chang has the record, he played the Tennis Masters Cup being 17 years old. Wilander and Agassi played being 18 year old. Hewitt at 19 years old. Nadal would but he was injured for the Tennis Masters Cup 2005. Djokovic and Del Potro at 20 years old. Now it´s usual to hear about a 21/22 years old player that "he is very young and needs experience", and sounds like he maybe will have a chance of winning a Slam in some years.

Look at this!:

let's not forget becker, who played 2 masters (now WTF) finals at 18 and 19 in 1985* and 1986 :)
(losing both to lendl)

*the "1985 masters" was played in january 1986.
 

metsman

G.O.A.T.
Agassi also won the masters cup at 20 beating fast court legends Sampas, becker, and Edberg along the way.

I mean Delpo just after turning 21 after barely playing all fall and nursing injuries made the final in strong WTF field. There were like 5-6 guys younger than 26. Meanwhile these days grandpa Federer is getting a vitual bye into the finals and the youngest guy in the tournament is almost 26. It's a joke. That was 6 years ago...not exactly ancient history.
 
It'd be very surprising if there were a teen in the Tour Finals in the next decade. These days, being 19 is a much, much bigger disadvantage than is being 29 and quite a bit more of a disadvantage than is being 31.
 
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