The youngest and oldest tennis players at the 2021 US Open with Coco Gauff and others


The stage is set and the best tennis players are ready for the fourth and final annual Grand Slam tournament. While all eyes are on Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka, and more, few others will also share the limelight at the 2021 US Open. Primarily, younger and older tennis players of the male and female main draw will definitely attract attention.


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Remarkably, the two youngest players in men and women won the USTA Boys and Girls National Championships last week. As a result, they secured a generic entry for the 2021 US Open main draw.


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US Open 2021 men’s singles: youngest and oldest player

Winning a wildcard, 18-year-old American Zachary Svajda is the youngest male tennis player in the main draw at the 2021 US Open. 18-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz is second youngest. Another 18-year-old in the main draw is Dane Holger Rune.

Moreover, only this season, Alcaraz won his first ATP title at Umag. Reaching 54th place in the world rankings, the Spaniard is one to watch in New York. Likewise, Rune, who has just won two consecutive clay court titles, will face Novak Djokovic in the first round.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 5, 2021 Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz Garfia in action during his round of 16 match against Spaniard Rafael Nadal REUTERS / Sergio Perez

Additionally, 42-year-old Ivo Karlovic is the oldest man to compete for the US Grand Slam singles title at Flushing Meadows. This will be his last US Open this year.

Notably, Karlovic had to erase the three qualifying rounds for the main draw. Indeed, he put together an exceptional file to achieve this feat.

Unfortunately, both received tough opponents in the first round. While Alcaraz will take on British talent Cameron Norrie, Karlovic will face fifth seed Andrey Rublev in his opener.

Women’s Singles: Youngest and oldest player

Surprisingly, Coco Gauff is not the youngest tennis player in singles. In fact, 17-year-old wildcard Ashlyn Krueger is the youngest court ace. Other notable youngsters are Marta Kostyuk, Amanda Anisimova, Hailey Baptiste, Katie Volynets, Leylah Fernandez, Osorio Serrano and Caty McNally.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUG 24: Cori Gauff of the United States practices with her coach and father, Corey Gauff, and coach before the start of the US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 24, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by TPN / Getty Images)

On the veteran side, 2011 champion Samantha Stosur will lead the women’s singles group. Interestingly, she just won the doubles title from Cincinnati. It will be interesting to see if she can find success in the singles category as well.


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In the first round, the American Coco Gauff will pass the test of Magda Linette. Likewise, the 37-year-old Australian will meet Estonian Anett Kontaveit at the start of the campaign.

Overall, all four have the potential to do well at the 2021 US Open. But only time will tell who the tennis gods favor the most.


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