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44-Year-Old Wins ATP Match Today

A rare occurrence happened today at the ATP Indianapolis Challenger – Toshihide Matsui, age 44, won a doubles match on the ATP World Tour.

Matsui and 27-year-old Kaito Uesugi defeated Michail Pervolarakis and Yu Hsiou Hsu 63 64. Matsui is currently ranked 1038 in singles (his highest ranking was 261 in 2006) and 440 in doubles (highest doubles ranking was 130 in 2018).

Matsui actually has a career 4-2 ATP main draw match record in singles and 3-7 in doubles. His career prize money earnings is $341,158.

In 2022 the old warhorse has an 0-4 record in singles in his four ITF and Challenger qualies matches, most recently in Rome, GA Challenger losing to world no. 433 Ben Shelton 60 62.

In doubles action Matsui is more successful, posting an 8-5 mark this year in ITFs and Challengers. In June, Matsui won an ITF $25,000 doubles tournament in Guam 63 06 10-7 with Kaito Uesugi.

It can’t be confirmed at this time but Toshihide Matsui may be the oldest competitor in professional tennis right now.

In case you are wondering… Ivo Karlovic of Croatia became the oldest player to win an ATP Tour match in a quarter-century, when he beat Pablo Andujar 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in the first round of the 2021 Delray Beach Open. Karlovic, who was 41 and would turn 42 the following month, is the oldest to win on the top men’s tour since Jimmy Connors at age 42 in 1995.

The oldest Grand Slam winner was Ken Rosewall, age 37 and a month, at 1972 Aussie Open.

The oldest ATP tournament winner was Roger Federer at age 38, at 2019 Swiss Indoors.

In 2020, Leander Paes reached the finals of Bangalore Challenger final with Matt Ebden when he was 46. He retired later that year.

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1 comment

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 21, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Matsui and Uesugi won QF today in Indy beating Gijs Brouwer and Andrew Harris 75 63. 44 years old and still going strong. SF s No. 1 seed Hans Hach Verdugo and Hunter Reese.



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