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The Success and The Failures of Lefthanders in Sports

Guillermo Vilas won the Singles Title at the Australian Open in 1978 & 1979, the French Open in 1977, and the US Open in 1977.  He was ranked # 2 in the world in April 1975.  He might have had many more wins in his career but had the misfortune of playing in the same era as Connors and McEnroe.

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 twenty Grand Slam Championships, including the French Open thirteen times, the US Open four times, Wimbledon twice, and the Australian Open one time.  He achieved the #1 ranking during 2008 and held that ranking  for most of the next five years.  He struggled with injuries for much of 2013 through 2016 but returned to form in 2017 and has remained in the top 3 since that time.

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.

All-Time Best Lefthanded ​​Mens Tennis Players 

Other Notable Lefthanded Mens' Tennis Players.

Roscoe Tanner won the Singles Title at the Australian Open in 1977, and was ranked #4 in the world in July 1979.

Manuel Orantes won the Singles Title at the US Open in 1975, and was ranked # 2 in the world in August 1973.

Andres Gomez won the Singles Title at the French Open in 1990, and Doubles Titles at the French Open in 1988 and the US Open in 1986, He was ranked #4 in June 1990.

Thomas Muster won the Singles Title at the French Open in 1995, and earned the #1 ranking in Feb 1996.

Petr Korda won the Singles Title at the Australian Open in 1998, and earned the # 2 ranking in Feb 1998.

Goren Ivanisevic won the Singles Title at Wimbledon in 2001.  He turned pro in 1988, and he had earned his highest ranking at #2 in July 1994.  He had been a runner-up at Wimbledon three times prior (1992, 1994 & 1998) before his 2001 victory.  He is the last Men's Tennis Player prior to Rafael Nadal to have won a Grand Slam event.