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The day before the election, we have a new No. 1 who will not be living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

The best male tennis player on the planet is from Scotland. The most powerful female or male on the planet will be from the United States, although, in the case of the male, his mother was from Scotland.

Andy Murray and Hillary Rodham Clinton hail from modest backgrounds and have devoted most of their lives to aspiring to the summit in their specialties. Donald Trump was born wealthy and has many specialties.

Murray is the second oldest male player to reach No. 1 since computer rankings were begun in tennis in 1974. If Trump wins tomorrow, he will be the oldest president ever elected. Clinton would be the second oldest, after Ronald Reagan. Age, though, for all three appears to be irrelevant, as they have put in many miles over decades and are still resilient and project commanding presences.

It’s a new era in tennis and in the White House. Time will tell whether the shift will be long-lasting.

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