Famous Left Handed Tennis Players

We often take lefties as a super talented people and they have proved it in every field. Now in tennis southpaw players gain popularity due to their different playing styles.

As we know left handed tennis player’s ratio is very less as compared to right-handed tennis players, as we know both sides have talent but right handed tennis players took spotlights in major events.

Tennis lovers and other information collections want to learn more about lefty tennis players who have shown excellent performance and have shown the world their talent.

We have left handed ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) and WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) from the open era. We have listed all the tennis players according to the winning single’s career titles.

10+ Top Male & Female Left Handed Tennis Players

1: Martina Navratilova

Martina Navratilova Left handed female tennis player
NameMartina Navratilova
NicknameThe King of WTA
NationalUS
Date of BirthOct 18, 1956
Height5 ft 8 in / 173 cm
PlaysLeft-handed (one-handed backhand)
BirthplacePrague, Czech Republic
Career titles167
Grand SlamsSingles (18), Doubles (31), Mixed Doubles (10)
Highest RankingNo. 1 (July 10, 1978)
AutobiographyRead Here
Equipment & GearsRacquets (Bancroft, Yonex)

She is one of the most prominent left-handed female tennis players and wins most WTA singles titles. She played her first tennis tournament at the age of 8 and after that, she ranked #1 after winning the Virginia Slims championship and the Wimbledon women’s singles final in 1978 for the first time.

Martina Navratilova is the only female who took a total of 59 Grand Slams in her tennis career even though not a single ATP player is near to her achievements. If we talk about the best left-handed tennis player then Martina Navratilova is on top with most titles.

2. Rod Laver

Rod Laver Left handed tennis player
NameRod Laver
NicknameRocket i
NationalAustralian
Date of BirthAug 09, 1938
Height5 ft 8 in / 173 cm
PlaysLeft-handed (one-handed backhand)
BirthplaceRockhampton, Queensland, Australia
Career titles78
Grand SlamsSingles (11), Doubles (6), Mixed Doubles (3)
Highest RankingNo. 1 (1961, Lance Tingay)
AutobiographyRead Here
Equipment & GearsRacquet (Dunlop)

Another addition to the list of most famous lefties, Rod is the best male left handed tennis player in tennis sports, Rod Laver was the inspiration behind the Laver Cup tournament, and the Rod Laver Arena was named after him.

The International Hall of Fame inducted Laver in 1981 after he retired in 1979, he won a total of 20 grand slams. Upon winning the singles title at the Australian Open in 2009, Laver presented Rafael Nadal with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup.

3. Jimmy Connors

Jimmy Connors using wilson tennis racquet returning ball with left hand
NameJames Scott Connors
NicknameBrash Basher of Belleville i, Jimbo
NationalUnited States
Date of BirthSeptember 2, 1952
Height5 ft 10 in / 178 cm
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed backhand)
BirthplaceBelleville, Illinois, U.S
Career titles109
Grand SlamsSingles (8), Doubles (2)
Highest RankingNo. 1 (July 29, 1974)
AutobiographyRead Here
Equipment & GearsRacquet (Wilson)

A great coach and cool left handed player are now showcased here among famous tennis lefties, he become a professional tennis player in 1972, what makes him a legendary player is that he won the U.S open on 3 different court surfaces (Clay, Grass, Hard).

Another record he made by winning a total of 10 Grand Slams, he retired from tennis on April 29, 1996. His name is written in Tennis HoF (Hall of Fame).

4. Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal Left handed tennis player
NameRafael Nadal
NicknamesKing of Clay i, Spain’s Raging Bull i, Rafa, El Nino, Rafi
NationalSpain
Date of BirthJune 03, 1986
Height6 ft 1 in / 185 cm
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed backhand)
BirthplaceManacor, Mallorca, Spain
Career titles88
Grand SlamsSingles (20)
Highest RankingNo. 1 (18 August 2008)
AutobiographyRead Here
Equipment & GearsRacquet (Babolat)

Modern era Left handed tennis champion award only goes to Nadal, After winning the 2010 U.S. Open tournament, Rafael Nadal now has a total of 20 Grand Slams under his belt.

Now in the current time, he is facing a few injuries and ended before finishing the tournaments. His fans call him GOAT in tennis and the best tennis rival between Djokovic and Federer, he helped to revolutionize the sport with his topspin tennis.

5. John McEnroe

John McEnroe Left handed tennis player
NameJohn McEnroe
NicknamesSuperbrat i, Johnny, Mcbrat, Johnny Mac
NationalAmerican
Date of BirthFebruary 16, 1959
Height5 ft 11 in / 180 cm
PlaysLeft-handed (one-handed backhand)
BirthplaceWiesbaden, West Germany
Career titles77
Grand SlamsSingles (7), Doubles (9), Mixed Doubles (1)
Highest RankingNo. 1 (March 3, 1980)
AutobiographyRead Here
Equipment & GearsRacquets (Dunlop, Wilson, Volkl)

McEnroe played tennis in all variations and he retired from singles in 1994 & 2006 is the last year for doubles tennis. In addition to winning grand slam titles 17 in total in every category, he was ranked World No. 1 once as well.

Currently, he is a tennis commentator and working on different nonprofit projects, it has been seen that top tour players get tipped by him. The BEST volleyer ever, and the left-hander makes things a little easier for him to win matches easily.

6. Guillermo Vilas

Guillermo Vilas Left handed tennis player
NameGuillermo Vilas
NationalArgentine
Date of BirthAugust 17, 1952
Height5 ft 11 in / 180 cm
PlaysLeft-handed (one-handed backhand)
BirthplaceBuenos Aires, Argentina
Career titles62
Grand SlamsSingles (4)
Highest RankingNo. 2 (30 April 1975)
AutobiographyRead Here
Equipment & GearsRacquets (Puma, Head)

7. Monica Seles

Monica Seles Left handed Female tennis player
NameMonica Seles
NationalAmerican
Date of BirthDec 02, 1973
Height5 ft 10 in / 178 cm
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed both sides)
BirthplaceNovi Sad, Yugoslavia
Career titles53
Grand SlamsSingles (9)
Highest RankingNo. 1 (March 11, 1991)
AutobiographyRead Here
Equipment & GearsRacquets (Prince, Yonex)

7. Goran Ivanisevic

Goran Ivanišević Left handed tennis player
NameGoran Ivanišević
NationalCroatian
Date of BirthSeptember 13, 1971
Height6 ft 4 in / 193 cm
PlaysLeft-handed (two-handed backhand)
BirthplaceSplit, Croatia
Career titles22
Grand SlamsSingles (1)
Highest RankingNo. 2 (4 July 1994)
AutobiographyRead Here
Equipment & GearsRacquets (Head)

8. Andres Gomez

Andrés Gómez Santos Left handed tennis player
NameAndrés Gómez Santos
NationalEcuadorian
Date of BirthFebruary 27, 1960
Height6 ft 4 in / 193 cm
PlaysLeft-handed (one-handed backhand)
BirthplaceGuayaquil, Ecuador
Career titles21
Grand SlamsSingles (1), Doubles (2)
Highest RankingNo. 4 (11 June 1990)
AutobiographyRead Here
Equipment & GearsRacquets (Yonex)

9. Guy Forget

Guy Forget Left handed tennis player
NameGuy Forget
NationalFrench
Date of BirthJanuary 04, 1965
Height6 ft 3 in / 191 cm
PlaysLeft-handed (one-handed backhand)
BirthplaceCasablanca, Morocco
Career titles11
Grand Slams0
Highest RankingNo. 4 (25 March 1991)
Equipment & GearsRacquets (Lacoste, Babolat)

10. Henri Leconte

Henri Leconte Left handed tennis player
NameHenri Leconte
NationalFrench
Date of BirthJuly 04, 1963
Height6 ft 1 in / 185 cm
PlaysLeft-handed (one-handed backhand)
BirthplaceLillers, France
Career titles9
Grand SlamsSingles (0), Doubles (1)
Highest RankingNo. 5 (22 September 1986)
Equipment & GearsRacquets (Prince, Head)

Here below we have some Honorable mentions in our left handed player’s list, which can’t be completed without them.

Final words

All above mentioned tennis lefties are listed according to the most winning titles in singles, whereas from old timers Rod Laver is the left handed tennis player who wins the most grand slams in total named 11 in singles, 6 in doubles and 3 Mixed Doubles according to the wiki.

In the new generation, Rafael Nadal is one of the most favorites and topped among southpaw players in tennis, every southpaw player in tennis should read below mentioned articles.

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