LEFTHANDERS IN SPORTS

The Success and The Failures of Lefthanders In Sports

Rod Laver won Singles Titles at the Australian Open in 1960, 1962 & 1969, the French Open in 1962 & 1969, Wimbledon in 1961, 1962, 1968, & 1969, and the US Open 1962 & 1969.  He won Doubles Titles at the Australian Open 1959, 1960, 1961 & 1969, the French Open in 1961, Wimbledon in 1970, and the US Open in 1960, 1970 & 1973.  He was ranked #1 in the world from 1964-1970, and he is the only player to ever win the "grand slam" twice (all four majors in the same year) in 1962 & 1969.

Tony Roche won the Singles Title at the French Open in 1966, and Doubles Titles at the French Open in 1967 & 1969, Australian Open in 1965, 1967, 1971, 1976, & 1977, Wimbledon in 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, & 1974, and the US Open in 1967.  He was ranked #2 in the world in 1969.

Jimmy Connors won Singles Titles at the Australian Open in 1974, Wimbledon in 1974 & 1982, and the US Open in 1974, 1976, 1978, 1982, & 1983, and Doubles Titles at Wimbledon in 1973 and the US Open in 1975.  He was ranked # 1 for the first time on July 29, 1974 and held that ranking for 160 consecutive weeks, as well as the year end #1 ranking from 1974 through 1978.

John McEnroe won Singles Titles at Wimbledon in 1981, 1983, & 1984, and the US Open in 1979, 1981, 1983, 1984, & 1989, and Doubles Titles at Wimbledon in 1979, 1981, 1983, 1984, & 1992, and the US Open in 1979, 1981, 1983, & 1989.  He reached the #1 ranking in the world on March 3, 1980, and spent 170 weeks over the next four years as the top ranked player.

Rafael Nadal has won a total of seventeen Grand Slam Championships, including the French Open eleven times, the US Open twice, Wimbledon three times, and the Australian Open one time.  He achieved the #1 ranking during 2008 and held that ranking  for most of the next five years.  Over the next three years he struggled as injuries affected his play, but 2017 and 2018 have been comeback years for him, and he is currently ranked #1 in the world.

All-Time Best Lefthanded ​​Mens Tennis Players