The game of tennis has mostly been dominated by right handed players. Left-handers have been far few in number but still able to make an impact in every generation. The advantage the left handed players get is that their game in probably more difficult to read and their shots become complex to handle. In this article we look at 4 best left handed players who graced Men’s tennis.
The aggressive American with a solid baseline game remained World Number 1 for 268 weeks. Jimmy won a record 1274 singles matches in his career, winning 8 Grand Slam.
His career lasted for 24 years, which makes Connors one of the true greats of the game. Even in doubles game Connors made a solid impact winning 2 Grand Slams, one each at Wimbledon and US Open.
3. John McEnroe
This fiery lefthander from New York is regarded as one of the most naturally gifted tennis players. McEnroe made a great impact in singles as well as doubles winning 8 singles and 9 doubles Grand Slams.
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He became the World Number 1 in both singles and doubles winning 77 singles and 78 doubles titles. No male tennis player has as many singles and doubles titles combined as does John McEnroe.
2. Rod Laver
The humble lefthander from Queensland famously known as Rockhampton Rocket make to Number 2 in our list. Laver won 11 Slams in a career that could have been much brighter if not marred by the amateur professional controversy.
Laver’s finest achievement is his winning all 4 Slams in a calendar year not just once but twice in his career. In addition to his 11 singles Grand Slam titles, Laver won 6 doubles Grand Slams also in his short stint career during the Open Era.
1. Rafael Nadal
If it weren’t for his continuous career threatening injuries, Rafa Nadal’s already impressive resume would have looked much better. Nadal has already captured 19 Grand Slams in his career and looks poised for a few more.
The most astonishing feature of the Spaniard’s career has been his 12 titles at Roland Garros, a record that would perhaps never be broken. Nadal also has a unique record of winning at least 1 Grand Slam for 10 year, which he did from 2005 to 2014.