(K. Brent Tomer),
LAST week, in the middle of the Australian Open, the first grand-slam tournament of the 2017 tennis calendar, the International Tennis Hall of Fame announced its annual slate of inductees, which included Kim Clijsters and Andy Roddick. Ms Clijsters earned four grand-slam titles between 2005 and 2011, and Mr Roddick won the US Open in 2003. Both players retired from their respective tours in 2012.
The freshly minted Hall-of-Famers have something else in common: they are both younger than this year’s Australian Open singles champions. At 35 years of age Serena Williams, who won her 23rd major title in Melbourne on January 28th, is two years older than Ms Clijsters, and has won eight grand slams since the Belgian retired. Roger Federer, who defeated Rafael Nadal on January 29th to clinch his 18th major title, is one year older than Mr Roddick, and has reached four slam finals since the American called time on his career.
This year’s champions padded their résumés as two of the greatest players in tennis history, and they set <a…Continue reading