Why Being Left-Handed is an Advantage in Tennis?

João Mourato

Monday, March 18, 2019 12:14 PM UTC

Monday, Mar. 18, 2019 12:14 PM UTC

Being a left-handed player has certain advantages in tennis. On this article we’ll take a look at some of the reasons why lefties have been so successful over the years.

<p>Left-handed players have several advantages which makes them very dangerous opponents on any surface. Lefties will always bring different challenges than usual and that’s what makes some so dangerous. On the other hand, the right-handed player will not present anything out of the ordinary for the left-handed. Besides this, there are also some aspects of the score system that benefit left-handed players. Let’s take a look at them:</p><p> </p><h2><strong>Different Patterns</strong></h2><p>According to the United States Tennis Association, only 10 percent of the players in the world are left-handed. This means that, in theory, a right-handed will play only 10% of the times against left-handed players, while, on the other hand, left-handed players will face right-handed opponents nine out of ten times they play.</p><p>Due to the significant difference in the number of right-handed and left-handed players on the tour, it’s obvious that all players are more used to face right-handed opponents. Whether it’s on practice or in a match, players are constantly playing against right-handed and adjust to their style of play. Lefties have very different patterns and bring a unique style of play, which makes it so hard for players to adjust to them. However, not only right-handed players struggle when facing lefties. Left-handed players also have a hard time when facing a fellow lefty since both bring very different patterns to the game.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><br /><strong><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/tennis/how-can-weather-conditions-influence-your-tennis-tips/89723/" target="_blank" title="Find out the influence of weather conditions on your tennis tips">How Can Weather Conditions Influence Your Tennis Tips?</a></strong><br /> </p><h2><strong>Score System</strong></h2><p>Before we get into details regarding the score system and why left-handed players have an advantage, it’s important to explain the difference between ‘Deuce Side’ and ‘Ad Side’. Players can serve from two different positions, the right side of the court is known as ‘Deuce Side’ while the left side of the court is the ‘Ad Side’. For that reason, right-handed players can open the court much easily from the ‘Deuce Side’ while left-handed players are much more dangerous when serving from the ‘Ad Side’.</p><p>There are four possible situations where a player can close out a game: 40-0; 40-15; 40-30; A-40. Of course, the same logic applies to the four possible opportunities for a player to break the opponent’s serve: 0-40; 15-40; 30-40; 40-A. From these eight scenarios, in six of them the server will start the point from the Ad side while only in 25% of the situations will start from the Deuce side:</p><ul> <li>Deuce Side: 40-15; 15-40;</li> <li>Ad Side: 40-0; 40-30; A-40; 0-40; 30-40; 40-A</li></ul><p>As mentioned above, left-handed players can open the court easily from the Ad side and have the advantage when serving from that side. Which means that, in 75% of the possible situations to close a game, the left-handed players will have the advantage of serving on their favourite side. This is a huge advantage for lefties, who will have the opportunity to serve on pressure points from their favourite side of the court, while right-handed players will have a much harder task.</p><p> </p><h2><strong>Conclusion</strong></h2><p>Fading left-handed players is always dangerous since they have some theoretical advantages before the match begins. Lefties have been incredibly successful in tennis throughout the years with Rafael Nadal, John McEnroe, Rod Laver and Jimmy Connors as the best left-handed players in the history of the game.</p><p>As indicated before, only around 10% of the players in the world are left-handed. However, currently there are 17 lefties in the Top 100 on the ATP Tour, which is 70% more than the standard ratio of left-handed players. For that reason, <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/" target="_blank" title="More Predictions &amp; Free Tips">before placing any bet</a> in a match involving a lefty, always analyse the opponent’s performance against left-handed players because that can be the difference between winning and losing your bet.</p>
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