​The Best Lefthanded Tennis Players from 1960 to 2001

LEFTHANDERS IN SPORTS

The Success and The Failures of Lefthanders In Sports

Rod Laver won Singles Titles at the Australian Open in 1960, 1962 & 1969, the French Open in 1962 & 1969, Wimbledon in 1961, 1962, 1968, & 1969, and the US Open 1962 & 1969.  He won Doubles Titles at the Australian Open 1959, 1960, 1961 & 1969, the French Open in 1961, Wimbledon in 1970, and the US Open in 1960, 1970 & 1973.  He was ranked #1 in the world from 1964-1970, and he is the only player to ever win the "grand slam" twice (all four majors in the same year) in 1962 & 1969.

Tony Roche won the Singles Title at the French Open in 1966, and Doubles Titles at the French Open in 1967 & 1969, Australian Open in 1965, 1967, 1971, 1976, & 1977, Wimbledon in 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, & 1974, and the US Open in 1967.  He was ranked #2 in the world in 1969.

Jimmy Connors won Singles Titles at the Australian Open in 1974, Wimbledon in 1974 & 1982, and the US Open in 1974, 1976, 1978, 1982, & 1983, and Doubles Titles at Wimbledon in 1973 and the US Open in 1975.  He was ranked # 1 for the first time on July 29, 1974 and held that ranking for 160 consecutive weeks, as well as the year end #1 ranking from 1974 through 1978.

John McEnroe won Singles Titles at Wimbledon in 1981, 1983, & 1984, and the US Open in 1979, 1981, 1983, 1984, & 1989, and Doubles Titles at Wimbledon in 1979, 1981, 1983, 1984, & 1992, and the US Open in 1979, 1981, 1983, & 1989.  He reached the #1 ranking in the world on March 3, 1980, and spent 170 weeks over the next four years as the top ranked player.

Roscoe Tanner won the Singles Title at the Australian Open in 1977, and was ranked #4 in the world on July 30, 1979.

Guillermo Vilas won the Singles Title at the Australian Open in 1978 & 1979, the French Open in 1977, and the US Open in 1977.  He was ranked # 2 in the world in April 1975.

Manuel Orantes won the Singles Title at the US Open in 1975, and was ranked # 2 in the world on August 23, 1973.

Andres Gomez won the Singles Title at the French Open in 1990, and Doubles Titles at the French Open in 1988 and the US Open in 1986, He was ranked #4 on June 11, 1990.

Thomas Muster won the Singles Title at the French Open in 1995, and earned the #1 ranking on Feb 12, 1996.

Petr Korda won the Singles Title at the Australian Open in 1998, and earned the # 2 ranking on Feb 2, 1998.

Goren Ivanisevic won the Singles Title at Wimbledon in 2001, although his best years were in the 1990’s and he had earned the # 2 ranking on July 4, 1994.  Even though he won his championship event in 2001, he played most of his pro career in the 1980's and 1990's.