Usually, tennis stars burn brightly as relative youths and they are done doing all their major winning by the age of thirty. This observation holds mostly true for the men’s and women’s games as Bjorn Borg never won a major after 26, Steffi Graf won all twenty-two of her Grand Slams before her 30th birthday. This earlier expected expiration date for tennis stars has been thrown for a loop this year by two of the Wimbledon finalists who, to their credit were both already universally recognized as greats of the game which makes their appearance in this year Wimbledon Final that much more special. Venus Williams at 37 is seeking to become the oldest female Grand Slam winner in the history of the Open Era (since 1968). Her fellow veteran counterpart Roger Federer is seeking to become the oldest man to win Wimbledon in the Open Era as well as become the first man in the Amateur Era (1877-1968) or Open Era to win the title eight times, which would break a tie with William Renshaw and Pete Sampras.
Standing in the way of Williams is 23-year-old Garbine Muguruza of Spain who made waves earlier in the tournament by defeating number 1 ranked Angelique Kerber while blocking Federer’s path to glory is Marin Čilić who at 28 is a bit less green than Muguruza. However, under the grueling English sun in July, age along with most expertise can be tossed out the window as we won’t know until the first serves on July 15th for the women and the following day for the men whether the older players will once again dominate as they have in years past, or whether this will represent a changing of the guard.