As Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have dominated men's tennis in the past decade, Americans have struggled to compete at the elite level. Andy Roddick won the 2003 U.S. Open, then reached four more Grand Slam finals, losing to Federer each time. What will it take for American tennis to have a resurgence. We asked Jimmy Connors, the winner of eight Grand Slam singles titles while he was attending the Harold & Carole Pump Foundation's 14th annual celebrity dinner in Century City, California.

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Youngest Grand Slam Tennis Champions


Australian Open, Women

Martina Hingis, 1997, 16 years, 3 months.


Australian Open, Men

Mats Wilander, 1983, 19 years, 3 months.


French Open, Women

Monica Seles, 1990, 16 years, 6 months.


French Open, Men

Michael Chang, 1989, 17 years, 3 months.


Wimbledon, Women

Martina Hingis, 1997, 16 years, 9 months.


Wimbledon, Men

Boris Becker, 1985, 17 years, 7 months.


U.S. Open, Women

Tracy Austin, 1979, 16 years, 8 months


U.S. Open, Men

Pete Sampras, 1990, 19 years, 0 months

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