Rod Laver, Tony Roche, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Rafael Nadal,
Ann Hayden Jones, Martina Navratilova, Monica Seles. Angelique Kerber, Petra Kivitova
Lefthanders have played a major role in tennis for more than one hundred years.
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.
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.
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.