Who is the youngest player to ever win Wimbledon?
Iga Świątek, Coco Gauff, and Carlos Alcaraz are among the young competitors at Wimbledon. Who is the youngest player to win this Grand Slam event?
Young tennis stars are making waves at the All England Club, with the likes of Iga Swiatek, Coco Gauff, and Carlos Alcaraz considered serious contenders for the Wimbledon title. Although they have all had remarkable achievements at such a tender age, there is someone whose success at Grand Slam events came even earlier on.
The youngest player to win at Wimbledon, male or female, is Martina Hingis, who achieved the record in 1997. She was 16 years, nine months, and five days old. She also holds the record for youngest junior Wimbledon champion, which she became when she was only 13.
Her 1997 Wimbledon victory was not her only triumph that year- she actually came very close to completing the elusive Grand Slam, missing only the French Open trophy.
She first won the Australian Open, where she set the record for youngest person to win any major title at 16 years, three months, and 26 days. Hingis then went on to win the US Open at the age of 16 years, 11 months, and eight days.
She is on the list of ten youngest female Grand Slam winners four times- at numbers one (1997 Australian Open), four (1997 Wimbledon), five (1997 US Open), and eight (1998 Australian Open).
On the men’s side, the youngest player to win at Wimbledon is Boris Becker, who secured the record in 1985. He was 17 year, 7 months, and 16 days old when he won the gentlemen’s singles title.