Why have ATP 100 players become three years older over the last three decades?

Rovesciarete

Semi-Pro

Jokervich

Professional
Maybe something related to changes in hormones in the water supply or how we pump more food with hormones? There is data that shows men from previous generations have higher testosterone than current generation men.
 

Rovesciarete

Semi-Pro
@Jokervich: Tennis is arguably among the sports with the highest increases. In football we see better performance over 30 then 30 years ago, but youngsters still break through in other competitions like football :unsure:
 

zvelf

Professional
And it has only become much worse. Tennis has become an old men’s sport.
No, that's still golf.

Part of the explanation for the average age increase of the top 100 players is that nutrition, training, and technology improvements have allowed players to play longer into their careers. Before it was common for players to retire around 30-32. Now players regularly play many years beyond that.
 

Arak

Hall of Fame
I started a thread about this a while ago. Basically tennis is a sport where experience is very important. If older players can stay fit for longer due to improvements in sports science and nutrition, they will definitely have an advantage over young players who have the fitness but not yet the experience. Peak age nowadays seems to be around early thirties instead of mid twenties in the past.
 

Rovesciarete

Semi-Pro
Sorry for clearly not searching properly. In European football young talents gets quickly foster in a very professional environment with a great deal of all-around support and even financial incentives. Teenagers even train on an equal footing with the pros. Still it seems that older player also benefited by the improvements mentioned above.

In Tennis youngsters have a much harder time to break into the top level, relying more on themselves. The financials are so hugely skewed in the ATP.
 

Rovesciarete

Semi-Pro
I recently thought about the influence of material technology on sport. I skied a lot a youngster and ‚carving‘ skies changed the sport. They demanded a different technique or at least shifted the performance premium. It was widely believed that the youngsters which grew up on those had rapidly the edge over the generations which had to break with their old ways.

When was the last time we had something like that in tennis? To me it seems that the last fifteen years have been rather stale in terms of racquets, strings, balls and surfaces compared to the nineties and the turn of the millennium :unsure:
 

FranzS

Rookie
More experience, more consistency, more advanced technique to handle the modern rhythm of play. Only years of practice can give you that. I think that's the main reason. There's also less thirst of blood and more Instagram though.
 
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