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The Youngest Winners in ATP History

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Rafael Nadal
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As a management professional in Lima, Peru, Reem Taoz has managed liquor sales and event planning at several of the city’s most frequented nightlife destinations. Beyond his work in the nightlife industry, Reem Taoz enjoys following pro tennis, and particularly Spanish player Rafael Nadal.

Over the last four decades, only 10 male tennis players have managed to win a professional match before the age of 16. Franco Davin of Argentina is recognized as the youngest winner in tour history, winning a three set match at the 1985 Buenos Aires tournament less than two months after turning 15. Davin only won three singles titles over the course of his career, however, and reached a peak ranking of number 30 in 1990. Many of the tour’s 15 year old winners, on the other hand, went on to enjoy very successful careers.

Five of the ten players, in fact, secured multiple grand slam championships and achieved the world number 1 ranking. These prodigies include Michael Chang, Andre Agassi, Bjorn Borg, and Mats Wilander. None saw more success than Rafael Nadal, however, who won his first pro match at the 2002 Mallorca event. Nadal would win the first of his nine career French Open titles just three years later and would ultimately achieve the career grand slam, multiple Davis Cup victories, and Olympic gold medals as both a singles and doubles player.