The Success and The Failures of Lefthanders In Sports
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 played a major role in tennis for more than one hundred years.
Rafael Nadal continues his quest toward earning the label of “greatest tennis player of all time”. The 34 year old lefthander from Spain recently won the 2020 French Open for the 13th time in 16 years. Nadal has also won the Australian Open (in 2009), Wimbledon (in 2008 & 2010), and the US Open (in 2010, 2013, 2017, and 2019). Those 20 Grand Slam Singles Titles tie him with Roger Federer for the most ever, followed by Novak Djokovic with 17, Pete Sampras with 14, Roy Emerson with 12, and another lefthander, Rod Laver with 11. Click here for more on Rafael Nadal
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.
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.