1. The upper hand
Just 10% of the world is left-handed. Yet since the Open Era began, 23% of Wimbledon singles titles have been won by left-handed players.
I’m left-handed, and lefties have managed to dominate more than our fair share of Wimbledon tournaments. Here I reveal the secrets to our success.
2. Left-handed champions
3. TAKE THE TEST: How left-handed are you?
Some players like Nadal play tennis with their left hand but write with their right. In fact, handedness is a continuous scale from left to mixed to right. Take the test below to find out if you’re more left-handed than you thought.
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This test is based on the Edinburgh Handedness Inventory (RC Oldfield, 1971). Handedness categories by Dr Milan Dragovic, NMHS MH Clinical Research Centre, Western Australia. Consultancy by Dr Gillian Forrester, cognitive neuroscientist, University of Westminster.
5. Rusedski's ruling
When I was a junior, three of my left-handed heroes – Martina Navratilova, Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe – dominated Wimbledon.
But since that glorious run, just five singles titles have been claimed by left-handed players.
It could simply be a lull before lefties dominate again. Or right-handers may have been gradually closing the gap, with improvements in match preparation.
Elite players and their coaching teams now have video analysis and performance statistics at their fingertips – able to scrutinise every detail of their opponent’s game.
But making this knowledge count is another matter. When righties face a left-handed player, they can’t just play on auto-pilot. It requires a big bag of tricks and lots of practice to be able to adapt your strategy.