Williams, Federer, Nadal: Who are the 8 oldest tennis Grand Slam winners?

Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal

Since the start of the Open Era, tennis has seen champions of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.

Young champions like Emma Raducanu shocked the world with their overnight success and veterans like Rafael Nadal continue to show they still very much have what it takes to challenge right at the top.

GiveMeSport Women has looked at the eight oldest players who have won a Grand Slam title since 1968.

Flavia Pennetta

Age: 33 years, 199 days

Tournament: US Open 2015

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 12: Flavia Pennetta of Italy celebrates with the winner’s trophy after defeating Roberta Vinci of Italy during their Women’s Singles Final match on Day Thirteen of the 2015 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 12, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Pennetta defeated Vinci 7-6, 6-2. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Pennetta won just one major tournament during her career and she had to wait until her final year on the court to do so.

The Italian turned pro in 2000 and won her first and only Grand Slam title 15 years later at the US Open.

She beat childhood friend Roberta Vinci in the first ever major all-Italian final.

Pennetta retired a month after her maiden title win.

Martina Navratilova

Age: 33 years, 263 days

Tournament: Wimbledon 1990

Jul 1990: Martina Navratilova of the USA holds up the winners” plate after winning the Wimbledon Championships played at Wimbledon, London, England. \ Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK /Allsport

Considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time, Navratilova won an impressive 18 Grand Slam titles during her career, including an all-time record number of Wimbledon titles.

She claimed her ninth title at The All England Club in 1990 when she was 33, making her the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam at the time.

Navratilova beat compatriot Zina Garrison in the final to round off her impressive tennis portfolio.

Andres Gimeno

Age: 34 years, 9 months, 19 days

Grand Slam: French Open 1972

Spanish tennis player Andres Gimeno in action during competition to reach the semifinals of the Men’s singles tournament at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, London in July 1970. (Photo by Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

By winning at Roland-Garros in 1972, Gimeno became the oldest Spanish player to claim a Grand Slam title.

He waited his entire career to win his first and only major tournament and retired a year later after injuring his meniscus.

Gimeno’s French Open win also made him the oldest first-time Grand Slam winner ever.

Novak Djokovic

Age: 35 years, 1 month, 5 days

Grand Slam: Wimbledon 2022

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 10: Novak Djokovic of Serbia poses for a photo with the trophy following his victory against Nick Kyrgios of Australia during their Men’s Singles Final match on day fourteen of The Championships Wimbledon 2022 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Like Nadal, Djokovic is certainly showing no signs of slowing down in his career.

After winning two titles in 2021, the Serbian added a 21st Grand Slam to his tally earlier this year when he won his seventh Wimbledon final.

He beat Nick Kyrgios in the final to defend his crown for the fourth successive year.

Serena Williams

Age: 35 years, 4 months, 2 days

Grand Slam: Australian Open 2017

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 28: Serena Williams of the United States poses with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup after winning the 2017 Women’s Singles Australian Open Championship at Melbourne Park on January 28, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Williams holds the record for most Grand Slam titles won during the Open Era. With 23 to her name, she is unarguably one of the greatest players to ever grace the court.

In 2017, she beat sister Venus in the Australian Open final to become the oldest female player in history to win a major title. Her victory also marked the seventh time she has triumphed in Melbourne — a women’s record for the Open Era.

Williams retired earlier this month after almost three decades on the court.

Rafael Nadal

Age: 35 years, 11 months, 19 days

Grand Slam: French Open 2022

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 05: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates with the trophy after winning against Casper Ruud of Norway during the Men’s Singles Final match on Day 15 of The 2022 French Open at Roland Garros on June 05, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

The ‘Big Three’ may now have reached a point where retirement is looming, but Nadal is still a serious threat on the ATP Tour.

The King of Clay continued to live up to his nickname this year after winning his 14th French Open title.

Nadal beat Djokovic in the quarter-finals and Alexander Zverev in the semis before pipping Casper Ruud to the title.

With 22 major titles, the Spaniard boasts the most of any other male player in the Open Era.

Roger Federer

Age: 36 years, 5 months, 7 days

Grand Slam: Australian Open 2018

Roger Federer Australian Open 2017
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 29: Roger Federer of Switzerland poses with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup after winning the Men’s Final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain on day 14 of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 29, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The recently retired Federer won his last Grand Slam at the Australian Open in 2018, becoming the second oldest male player to win a major tournament.

The Swiss legend did not drop a single set in the lead up to the final, where he beat Croatia’s Marin Čilić in a five-set thriller.

Federer’s victory in Melbourne took his overall tally up to 20 Grand Slam titles. He retired with a men’s Open Era record of eight Wimbledon titles.

Ken Rosewall

Age: 37 years, 1 month, 24 days

Grand Slam: 1972 Australian Open

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 30: Ken Rosewall looks up to the new roof during a media opportunity at Ken Rosewall Arena on December 30, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jaimi Chisholm/Getty Images)

In 1972, Rosewall became the oldest ever Grand Slam champion after winning the Australian Open.

He won a total of eight major titles during his career — the Australian Open on three occasions and both the US Open and French Open twice.

However, despite reaching four Wimbledon finals, Rosewall was never able to add The All England Club to his portfolio and complete the set.

The stadium named after the Aussie native at the Sydney Olympic Tennis Centre has held the 2000 Olympic Games and the ATP Cup.

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