Is it a back-handed compliment to say someone is the best left-handed player of the modern era? Certainly there is more to these great champions than just being good lefties, after all.
They are also among the game's all-time greats.
These players have a host of things in common. They have won seven or more Grand Slam events, and claimed more than 50 total titles each. All but one of them were ranked No. 1 at some point in their career.
So how does one go about ranking the best-of-the-best?
The simplest way is to look at how they did at the biggest-of-the-big. The majors. Except that really doesn't do justice to the one lefty who ranks above them all. He is the exception to the rule, neither having been the top-ranked player in his day, nor winning the most Slam titles. He is still the best.
Rod Laver is that good.
Here's the breakdown of the six best left-handed tennis players of the modern era.