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The Success and The Failures of Lefthanders in Sports

The Best Lefthanded Tennis Players All-Time

The Best Lefthanders prior to 1960

​​Lefthanders have played a major role in tennis for more than one hundred years.

Rafael Nadal returns to action in 2024 and continues his quest towards winning more grand slam titles.  After winning the 2022 French Open and the 2022 Australian Open, Nadal has twenty-two men’s singles titles at the four Grand Slam Events, just one behind Novak Djokovic for the most ever​.  Click here for more on Rafael Nadal

Lefthanded Tennis Players

Why Aren't There More Lefthanded Tennis Players
​Despite the success of all of these great lefthanded tennis players, the overall 
number of lefthanders playing competitive tennis is fewer than might be expected.

Marketa Vondrousova won the 2023 Wimbledon Championship, joining Angelique Kerber and Petra Kvitova as the only women to win a Grand Slam Singles Title in the 21st century. The 24 year old from the Czech Republic had just one prior win on the WTA Tour, but she had been runnerup in the 2019 French Open prior to turning 20.  She was ranked 42nd on the Tour prior to her surprise win, which moved her up to the 10th ranked  player on the women tour.

Congratulations to Marketa Vondrousova

for her victory in the 2023 Wimbledon Championship. 

The Best Lefthanders since 2001

​​​Rafael Nadal is clearly the best lefthanded mens tennis player of the 21st century, while
Angelique Kerber and Petra Kvitova share the honor of best lefthanded womens tennis player.