The Success and The Failures of Lefthanders In Sports

The Best Lefthanders from 1960 to 2001

​Rod Laver and Tony Roche came along and started dominating mens tennis in the early 1960's, 
at the time when television helped make the game more popular than ever.

Lefthanders have been a significant force in the game of tennis for more than 100 years,

and some of the best players in the game, both men and women, have been lefthanded.

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.

The Best Lefthanders prior to 1960

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

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 less than might be expected.

​2020 ATP Rankings                         2020 WTA Rankings