Lefty Birthday, January 23
Lefty Celebrant, December 23
Petr Korda, Tennis Player
Petr Korda, Tennis Player
Marcelo Rios, Tennis Player
Monica Seles, tennis player
Famous Left-hander Birthday, February 16
Tennis Star John MecEnroe
American tennis star John Patrick McEnroe, Jr. was born February 16, 1959 in Wiesbaden, West Germany. He is a former world no. 1 professional tennis player. He won seven Grand Slam singles titles – three at Wimbledon and four at the US Open. He also won nine Grand Slam men’s doubles titles, and one Grand Slam mixed doubles title. He turned professional in 1978, had his international debut in 1976, and retired in 1992.
McEnroe is best remembered for his shot-making artistry and superb volleying; for his confrontational on-court behavior which frequently landed him in trouble with umpires and tennis authorities. He is also famous for his catchphrase “You can not be serious!” directed toward an umpire during a match at Wimbledon in 1981.
McEnroe is the older brother of Patrick McEnroe, also a former professional tennis player.
He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999.
Famous Lefthander Birthday, October 18
Tennis champion Martina Navratilova
Tennis champion Martina Navrátilová was born on October 18, 1956, in Prague, Czech Republic, is a Czech-American tennis player. Arguably, she has been regarded as the greatest singles, doubles and mixed doubles player of all-time.
She won 167 singles titles in her career, including 18 Grand Slam events and a record 9 singles titles at Wimbledon.
Quote from Martina Navratilova:
“The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else.”
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Famous Lefthander Birthday, October 15
Tennis player Roscoe Tanner
Famous Lefthander Birthdaym August 13
Tennis Player Goran Ivanisevic
Goran Ivanišević is born on September 13, 1971 in Split. He is a former professional tennis player from Croatia, famous for his strong serve.
He is best remembered for being the only person to win the men’s singles title at Wimbledon as a wildcard in 2001. Previously, in 1992, 1994 and 1998, he was runner-up at the championships.
Famous Lefthander Birthday, August 17
Tennis Player Guillermo Vilas
He won four Grand Slam titles: The 1977 French Open and the 1977 US Open (both played on clay) and the 1978 and 1979 Australian Open (both played on grass).
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Rodney George “Rod” Laver, MBE, is a former Australian tennis player. He was born on August 9, 1938, in Rockhampton, Australia. He was the World No. 1 player for seven consecutive years, from 1964 to 1970. He is the only tennis player to have twice won all four Grand Slam singles titles in the same year — first as an amateur in 1962, and second as a professional in 1969. He is the only male player during the open era to have won a calendar year Grand Slam. Laver is rated, along with Roger Federer, Pete Sampras and Björn Borg as one of the greatest male tennis players of all time.
The four major championships are – the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open.
A part of the Melbourne Park complex in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia has been named Rod Laver Arena (formerly called Centre Court), to honour Rod Laver. It is the venue for the Australian Open in tennis.
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Lefty Tennis Players