The five women who reached number 1 were all younger than Alcaraz


Carlos Alcaraz made history on September 12. the murcian, At 19 years 4 months and 6 days, he became the youngest number 1 in history after conquering the US Open, a victory that allowed him to overcome players of the stature of Lleyton Hewitt (20 years, 8 months and 23 days), John McEnroe (21 years and 15 days), Bjorn Borg (Sweden) (21 years, 2 months and 17 days, Peter Sampras (21 years and 8 months) o Rafael Nadal (22 years, 2 months and 15 days).

However, we are talking about tennis players in the men’s category. Because on the WTA circuit there are up to five women who have exceeded their precocity record, some of them so far. This is the case of Martina Hingis, who achieved this in just 16 years and 182 days.

These are the five youngest players to reach number 1:


Martina Hingis – 16 years and 182 days

In January 1997 he became the youngest player to win a Grand Slam, after winning the Australian Open, and three months later he achieved the milestone of becoming the youngest tennis player to reach world number one



Monica Seles – 17 years and 99 days

In March 1991, it ended Steffi Graf’s 186 consecutive weeks at the top of the WTA rankings. The then-Yugoslav, aged 17 years and 3 months, has only been on the circuit full-time since 1989, and is the youngest player to reach No. 1 in the world at the time, a year after becoming champion at Roland Garros. youngest in history

Tracy Austin


Tracy Austin – 17 years and 116 days

In 1979, at 16 years and 9 months, he became the youngest player in history to win the US Open. A year later, she became number 1 in the world, breaking the monopoly held until then by Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova.

Steffi Graf, winner of Roland Garros


Steffi Graf – 18 years and 64 days

He became World No. 1 on August 17, 1987, two months after his 18th birthday, and held that position until March 10, 1991. In 1988, he became the only person to win a true Golden Slam after winning the Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open and gold at the Seoul Olympics



Maria Sharapova – 18 years and 120 days

He was 18 years and 4 months old when he reached the top spot on August 22, 2005. He is also one of the youngest Grand Slam champions. At the age of 17, she made a splash by defeating Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final

Source: La Verdad


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