Today, Old is the new Young. As I hit the courts in my early 40's, I feel like I have company on the ATP and the WTA. Roger Federer, while not at his peak, is still the Number 2 player in the world and the reigning Wimbledon champion at the age of 31. David Ferrer is at a peak position of Number 4 at the age of 31. Tommy Haas, up to Number 14 in the world, is having a renaissance at the age of 35. In the doubles arena, only two of the top 15 players are under 30. They are surrounded by the likes of the Bryan brothers (34), Leander Paes (39), Nenad Zimonjic (36), and Daniel Nestor (40, and a three-time defending champion in doubles at Roland Garros). These seasoned veterans are usually the first on a captain's list when Davis Cup squads are being formed.
So, when you think about your game, no matter your age, don't automatically think that your best days are behind you. In fact, your best days may be right now, or a year or two into the future. Tennis is a physical game, but it is also very much a mental game. And, your experience is an advantage that you bring to every match.