Henri Joona Julius Laaksonen (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈhenri ˈlɑːksonen], Swiss Standard German: [ˈhɛnriː ˈlaːksonɛn]; born 31 March 1992) is a Swiss-Finnish tennis player. His highest singles ranking is world No. 93, which he achieved in August 2017, and his highest doubles ranking is world No. 191, achieved in December 2018.
Laaksonen at the 2019 French Open
|Country (sports)|| Finland (−2010) |
|Born||31 March 1992|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Prize money||US$ 1,256,060|
|Career record||36–51 (41.4%) (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 93 (7 August 2017)|
|Current ranking||No. 137 (16 March 2020)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2019)|
|French Open||2R (2019)|
|US Open||2R (2019)|
|Career record||3–15 (16.7%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 191 (24 December 2018)|
|Current ranking||No. 1,861 (4 November 2019)|
|Last updated on: 22 March 2020.|
When Laaksonen started playing tennis, he represented Finland. Since January 2011, he has represented Switzerland.
Laaksonen's father, Sandro della Piana, is a former Swiss tennis player. His mother is from Finland. His parents separated very early in his life, but he nonetheless kept contact with his father.
He started playing tennis at the age of 3. During his adolescent years he lived in Hyvinkää where he was coached by Pasi Virtanen. At 16, he became European champion for the Under-16s category.
In 2009, he moved to Switzerland to train at the Swiss Tennis National Tennis Center in Bienne.
Davis Cup career and controversyEdit
He was first called to play for Switzerland for the first round against the Czech Republic in 2013 (lost to Berdych). In September 2013, Switzerland played against Ecuador in Neuchâtel for the Davis Cup World Group play-off. Laaksonen was initially called to play with Stanislas Wawrinka, Marco Chiudinelli, and Michael Lammer. However, Laaksonen was excluded from the team following his behaviour during Thursday practice.
Wawrinka commented as follows: "There are very few promising young players [in Switzerland]. Unfortunately, among them, there are some who believe that everything is allowed and everything is granted for free. If Henri is not here today, it is because there are certain things we cannot accept. I also dislike his behaviour. Someone in his age, with his ranking and who has been supported by Swiss Tennis for many years and thinks he can not fully commit to a practice session and even complains about the coach, cannot be part of the team". He went on saying that he "never wants to be on a tennis court with him again". Further to this tie, Wawrinka and Laaksonen never appeared together in a team competition.
Laaksonen was later fined and received a formal warning from the Swiss Tennis Federation. The amount of the fine was never publicly disclosed. Laaksonen never publicly apologized for his bad behavior.
He was then left out from the first round tie of the World Group against Serbia in February 2014, but called back for the second round tie in Geneva against Kazakhstan in April 2014. He replaced Chiudinelli, who had won the doubles in Serbia (partnering Lammer). However, Laaksonen did not play in any of the rubbers as the top players Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka disputed both the singles matches and the doubles. Switzerland won the tie with 3:2.
For the semifinal against Italy in September 2014, Laaksonen was not part of the team. He was replaced by Chiudinelli, coming back to the team after good results on the Challenger Tour. As a sparring partner, the Swiss coach Severin Lüthi called Yann Marti. For the final against France, Chiudinelli and Lammer were nominated. Laaksonen was not considered for this tie.
In 2015, after talks with the team and the captain, Laaksonen was called upon to play in the first round against Belgium in Liège. He won his two singles in five sets against Ruben Bemelmans and local hero Steve Darcis. He took on the leader role for the young team present. In September 2016, Switzerland played against Uzbekistan in Tashkent, in the world-group playoffs. Henri was again the Swiss team leader and secured the winning points. Because of their victory against Uzbekistan, Switzerland remained in the World Group.
For the 2017 Davis Cup World Group, Laaksonen played both singles and doubles in Switzerland's tie with the United States against the high quality opposition of John Isner and the partnership of Steve Johnson and Jack Sock, losing both times. In the World Group Play-offs against Belarus, despite losing his first singles rubber, Laaksonen crucially defeated Dzmitry Zhyrmont with Switzerland behind 2−1 in the tie. They would go on to win the final rubber and remain in the World Group.
Laaksonen opened up Switzerland's 2018 Davis Cup World Group tie against Kazakhstan, losing in four sets. He went on to win both his singles matches in the World Group Play-off tie against Sweden, however these would be the only points Switzerland registered as they were relegated from the World Group.
Laaksonen was again the Swiss number one in the first tie of the newly formatted 2019 Davis Cup, with Switzerland playing Russia on February 1 and 2, 2019 in the Qualifying Round, at the Swiss Tennis Arena in Biel. Even though his opponents Karen Khachanov, ranked 11 on the ATP Rankings and Daniil Medvedev, ranked 16, were over 130 places above him, Laaksonen pushed both players to three sets. Laaksonen was victorious in the doubles together with the youngest player to ever play for Switzerland in the Davis Cup, Jérôme Kym. Switzerland eventually lost the tie 1–3 and will play Slovakia in September.
Laaksonen lost both his singles against lower ranked Slovakian players and his doubles match with youngster Jérôme Kim. Due to this performance, Switzerland was relegated to the second division.
Away against Peru in Lima, “Team leader” Henri Laaksonen once again lost his decisive rubber against a low-ranked player with a demotivated attitude, causing Switzerland's relegation to Group II, the third level of world's tennis. Serious questions started to come up regarding the financial support received by this player from the Swiss federation, despite the absence of any results over years and the fact that his nominations on the team prevent younger players (Bellier, Nikles) from getting a real chance to express their qualities on the court.
Current through the 2019 Swiss Indoors.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||A||A||A||Q1||A||Q1||Q1||Q1||2R||Q1||0 / 1||1–1|
|French Open||A||A||A||A||A||Q1||A||Q2||Q1||Q2||2R||0 / 1||1–1|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||A||Q2||Q1||A||Q1||1R||Q2||Q1||NH||0 / 1||0–1|
|US Open||A||A||A||A||Q1||A||A||Q3||1R||Q1||2R||0 / 2||1–2|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–2||0–0||3–3||0–0||0 / 5||3–5|
|Davis Cup||Z2||A||A||A||1R||A||1R||1R||1R||1R||QR||0 / 5||9–10|
|ATP World Tour Masters 1000|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||Q1||Q1||P||0 / 1||1–1|
|Miami Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||Q1||Q1||Q1||P||0 / 0||0–0|
|Monte-Carlo Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||P||0 / 0||0–0|
|Madrid Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||P||0 / 0||0–0|
|Italian Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||P||0 / 0||0–0|
|Canadian Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 0||0–0|
|Cincinnati Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 0||0–0|
|Shanghai Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||Q2||A||A||0 / 0||0–0|
|Paris Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 0||0–0|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||0–0||1–1||0–0||0–0||0 / 1||1–1|
|Tournaments||0||0||0||2||4||3||2||4||10||4||8||3||Career total: 40|
|Overall Win–Loss||1–0||0–0||0–0||0–2||3–5||1–3||3–2||3–6||11–12||7–5||6–12||1–4||0 / 40||36–51|
ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finalsEdit
Singles: 14 (7–7)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Jan 2011||Israel F1, Eilat||Futures||Hard||Valery Rudnev||3–6, 1–6|
|Loss||0–2||Oct 2011||Kuwait F2, Meshref||Futures||Hard||Julien Dubail||3–6, 6–4, 4–6|
|Loss||0–3||Mar 2012||Switzerland F1, Taverne||Futures||Carpet (i)||Moritz Baumann||4–6, 6–4, 4–6|
|Loss||0–4||Sep 2012||Portugal F4, Espinho||Futures||Clay||Jiří Veselý||2–6, 4–6|
|Loss||0–5||Sep 2012||Portugal F5, Porto||Futures||Clay||Marc Giner||6–7(6–8), 2–6|
|Win||1–5||Mar 2014||Switzerland F1, Taverne||Futures||Carpet (i)||Tim Pütz||4–6, 6–4, 7–6(8–6)|
|Win||2–5||Nov 2015||Champaign, USA||Challenger||Hard (i)||Taylor Fritz||4–6, 6–2, 6–2|
|Win||3–5||Nov 2015||USA F34, Waco||Futures||Hard (i)||Sekou Bangoura||6–3, 4–6, 6–1|
|Loss||3–6||Mar 2016||USA F11, Calabasas||Futures||Hard||Matthew Barton||6–7(6–8), 3–6|
|Win||4–6||Sep 2016||Shanghai, China, P.R.||Challenger||Hard||Jason Jung||6–3, 6–3|
|Win||5–6||Nov 2016||Champaign, USA||Challenger||Hard (i)||Ruben Bemelmans||7–5, 6–3|
|Loss||5–7||Aug 2018||Chengdu, China, P.R.||Challenger||Hard||Zhang Ze||6–2, 2–5 ret.|
|Win||6–7||Feb 2019||Bangkok, Thailand||Challenger||Hard||Dudi Sela||6–2, 6–4|
|Win||7–7||May 2019||Rome, Italy||Challenger||Clay||Gian Marco Moroni||6–7(2–7), 7–6(7–2), 6–2|
Doubles: 12 (4–8)Edit
|Win||1–0||Mar 2009||Switzerland F2, Greifensee||Futures||Carpet (i)||Philipp Oswald|| Dustin Brown
|Loss||1–1||Aug 2009||Geneva, Switzerland||Challenger||Clay||Philipp Oswald|| Diego Álvarez
|4–6, 6–4, [2–10]|
|Loss||1–2||Oct 2011||Kuwait F2, Meshref||Futures||Hard||Luca Margaroli|| Florian Fallert
|Loss||1–3||Sep 2012||Portugal F4, Espinho||Futures||Clay||Fede Valsangiacomo|| Stephan Fransen
|Loss||1–4||Mar 2014||Switzerland F1, Taverne||Futures||Carpet (i)||Laurynas Grigelis|| Jesper Brunström
|Win||2–4||Mar 2014||Switzerland F2, Trimbach||Futures||Carpet (i)||Luca Margaroli|| Denis Matsukevitch
|Loss||2–5||Jan 2015||Germany F1, Schwieberdingen||Futures||Carpet (i)||Victor Vlad Cornea|| Fabian Fallert
|Loss||2–6||Mar 2016||USA F11, Calabasas||Futures||Hard||Marek Michalička|| Nicolas Meister
|6–4, 2–6, [3–10]|
|Loss||2–7||Jul 2018||Marburg, Germany||Challenger||Clay||Luca Margaroli|| Fabrício Neis
David Vega Hernández
|6–4, 4–6, [8–10]|
|Win||3–7||Jul 2018||Båstad, Sweden||Challenger||Clay||Harri Heliövaara|| Zdeněk Kolář
|Loss||3–8||Oct 2018||Fairfield, USA||Challenger||Hard||Harri Heliövaara|| Sanchai Ratiwatana
|Win||4–8||Nov 2018||Charlottesville, USA||Challenger||Hard (i)||Harri Heliövaara|| Toshihide Matsui
- ATP Rankings
- "The pronunciation by Henri Laaksonen himself". ATPWorldTour.com. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
- "Henri Laaksonen siirtyy edustamaan Sveitsiä". tennis.fi. Suomen Tennisliitto. Archived from the original on 2014-02-03. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
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