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 three players of his generation. He has won 19 Grand Slam Singles Titles, including 12 out of 15 times at the French Open, 2 times at Wimbledon and 3 times at the U.S. Open. His first French Open title came in 2005 and his most recent was in 2019. He achieved the #1 World Ranking for the first time in 2008, and has been ranked in the top five almost every year since, and has been ranked #2 for the past two year. It will take a separate page to list all of Nadal's accomplishments.