Early Monday was quite the treat for viewers of the ATP World Tour in Houston, Texas.
In one of the largest age gaps between players on the men’s tennis tour in decades, Tommy Haas (39) defeated 19-year-old Reilly Opelka 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3 on Monday at the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship.
According to the ATP World Tour, Haas is the oldest man to win a tour match since Jimmy Connors in 1995. Connors was 42 when he reached the quarterfinals at Halle, Germany.
The semiretired athlete has captured his first victory since Wimbledon in 2015 and is currently ranked outside the top 800, while the teenager Opelka is 168th.
The tour said the roughly 19½-year gap between Haas and Opelka ranks as the fifth-biggest in a tour match since 1995, and the eighth-biggest since 1985.