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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 continues his quest toward earning the label of “greatest tennis player of all time”.  Nadal added one more Grand Slam Championship to his trophy case when he won the 2022 French Open on June 5, 2022.  It was his fourteenth men’s singles title at the French Open in seventeen years since he won his first title there in 2005.  Added to his four wins at the US Open, his two wins at Wimbledon, and his two wins at the Australian Open, (including the one earlier in 2022) Nadal now has a total of 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 one a Grand Slam Singles Title in the 21st century. The 24 year old from the Czech Republic hand 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.