The Success and The Failures of Lefthanders in Sports
The Best Lefthanded Tennis Players since 2000
Angelique Kerber and Petra Kvitova are the two best womens tennis players of the 21st Century, although neither has been nearly as dominant as Nadal has been in men's tennis. Their claim as the best women lefthanders of their generation is based on each of them having won multiple Grand Slam Singles Titles, and both winning many other WTA tournaments, and both being rated higher in the WTA rankings than any other lefthanded women. They have each accomplished enough to earn their own page and a longer story.
Nadal and Kerber and Kvitova are not the only lefthanded tennis player who have played over the past twenty years, but they are far and away the best. On the ATP Tour, there are currently fourteen lefthanders ranked in the top 100. On the WTA Tour, there are currently nine lefthanders ranked in the top 100. Perhaps one of them will become the next lefthanded tennis players to win a Grand Slam Singles Title, and rank among the top players of their generation.
Rafael Nadal is far and away the best lefthanded tennis player of the 21st Century, and one of the top players of his generation. His 20 Grand Slam Singles Titles are impressive enough, but Rafael Nadals’ dominance on the tennis court goes far beyond those four grand slam events. He has a career record (in ATP, Grand Slam, and Davis Cup matches) of 1010 wins and only 206 losses, and his 83.2 winning percentage ranks #1 among Open Era players. He has won 86 career titles (4th in the Open Era), and is currently ranked #2 among ATP Tour Players. He has been ranked at least 3rd or higher since June 2016, and was #1 at year end five times (2008, 2010, 2013, 2017, and 2019).