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Henri Leconte (born 4 July 1963) is a former French professional tennis player. He reached the men's singles final at the French Open in 1988, won the French Open men's doubles title in 1984, and helped France win the Davis Cup in 1991. Leconte's career-high singles ranking was world No. 5.

Henri Leconte
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Henri Leconte in 2011
Country (sports) France
ResidenceGeneva, Switzerland
Born (1963-07-04) 4 July 1963 (age 56)
Lillers, France
Height1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Turned pro1980
Retired1996
PlaysLeft-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$3,440,660
Singles
Career record377–269
Career titles9
Highest rankingNo. 5 (22 September 1986)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (1985)
French OpenF (1988)
WimbledonSF (1986)
US OpenQF (1986)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsRR (1985, 1986, 1988)
Grand Slam CupQF (1990, 1992)
Doubles
Career record200–141
Career titles10
Highest rankingNo. 6 (18 March 1985)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenQF (1990)
French OpenW (1984)
Wimbledon2R (1985, 1987)
US OpenF (1985)

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Biography and careerEdit

Leconte first came to the tennis world's attention as an outstanding junior player who won the French Open junior title in 1981. He turned professional that year and won his first career doubles title at Bologna, and his first top-level singles title the following year, 1982, in Stockholm. Leconte played in the Davis Cup final for the first time in 1982, when France was defeated 4–1 by the United States.

Leconte teamed up with Yannick Noah to win the men's doubles title at the French Open in 1984. In 1985, Leconte and Noah reached a second Grand Slam doubles final at the US Open, where they finished runners-up. Leconte reached his career-high doubles ranking of world No. 6 in 1985. In singles in 1985, Leconte reached the quarter-finals of the French Open and Wimbledon, the latter run of which included a dazzling win over world no. 2, Ivan Lendl, in the fourth round of Wimbledon.

1986 saw Leconte reach two Grand Slam singles semi-finals at the French Open and Wimbledon, and attain his career-high singles ranking of world no. 5. Leconte also played on the French team that won the World Team Cup that year.

In 1988, Leconte reached the men's singles final at the French Open beating Simon Youl, Bruno Orešar, Horacio de la Peña, Boris Becker, Andrei Chesnokov and Jonas Svensson. In the final, despite strong support from the French crowd, Leconte could not overcome two-time former champion Mats Wilander, who defeated him in straight sets.

In 1991, Leconte was involved in the Davis Cup final for a second time. France again faced the U.S., and this time Leconte defeated Pete Sampras in straight sets in a critical singles rubber, and also teamed with Guy Forget to win the doubles rubber, as France upset the heavily favoured U.S. team 3–1.

In total, Leconte played for France's Davis Cup team for a total of 13 consecutive years, compiling a 41–25 record. He compiled a doubles record of 17–5 and was undefeated with Guy Forget (11 wins), winning his last 14 doubles matches (from March 1985 to July 1993).

Leconte won his final top-level singles title in 1993 in Halle. He also won his final doubles title that year at Indian Wells.

Leconte, who currently sports a full beard, retired from the professional tour in 1996, having won a total of nine career singles titles and 10 doubles titles. Playing on the ATP Champions Tour for over-35's, he formed a doubles partnership with the Iranian player Mansour Bahrami.

He is now the manager of an event company (HL Event) based in Belgium and opened a tennis academy in Fès, Morocco, in 2006.

Since 2010, Leconte has appeared on Australian television as a commentator on the Seven Network's coverage of the Australian Open. There, he obtained a cult following as a result of a zany exhibition doubles performance, and his passionate and often parochial commentary, especially for compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, whose winning shots he routinely described as "unbelievable!"[1]

In 2014, Leconte appeared as a commentator for the 2014 Australian Open. One match he commentated was the third round match between Frenchmen Gilles Simon and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. He has since appeared regularly as a commentator for matches involving French players in the men's draw.

Grand Slam singles tournament timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 SR W–L
Australian Open A LQ A A A 4R NH 3R 3R 1R 3R A 1R A 2R A A 0 / 7 8–7
French Open 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R QF SF 1R F A QF 2R SF 1R 1R A 1R 0 / 15 27–15
Wimbledon Q 2R 1R 2R A QF SF QF 4R A 2R 3R 3R 4R 1R 1R A 0 / 13 26–13
US Open A A 1R A 3R 4R QF 4R 3R A 2R A 3R 1R A A A 0 / 9 17–9
Win–Loss 0–1 1–2 0–3 2–2 3–2 13–4 14–3 8–4 13–4 0–1 8–4 3–2 9–4 3–3 1–3 0–1 0–1 0 / 44 78–44

TriviaEdit

He participated in 2005 in the second season of La Ferme Célébrités, a TV reality game show. In 2007, his son Maxime also participated in the TV reality game show Secret Story, the French version of Big Brother. He also appeared as a contestant on BBC Celebrity Masterchef 2017, reaching the semi-finals.

Major finalsEdit

 
Leconte at the 2015 Australian Open

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (0–1)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 1988 French Open Clay   Mats Wilander 5–7, 2–6, 1–6

Doubles: 2 (1–1)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1984 French Open Clay   Yannick Noah   Pavel Složil
  Tomáš Šmíd
6–4, 2–6, 3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Loss 1985 US Open Hard   Yannick Noah   Ken Flach
  Robert Seguso
7–6(7–5), 6–7(1–7), 6–7(6–8), 0–6

Masters Series finalsEdit

Doubles: 2 (1–1)Edit

Result Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 1991 Indian Wells Hard   Guy Forget   Jim Courier
  Javier Sánchez
6–7(1–7), 6–3, 3–6
Win 1993 Indian Wells Hard   Guy Forget   Luke Jensen
  Scott Melville
6–4, 7–5

Career finalsEdit

Singles 16 (9–7)Edit

Result No Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1. 1982 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i)   Mats Wilander 7–6(7–4), 6–3
Loss 1. 1983 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay   Guillermo Vilas 6–7, 6–4, 4–6
Loss 2. 1983 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i)   John McEnroe 1–6, 4–6, 5–7
Loss 3. 1984 Memphis, U.S. Carpet   Jimmy Connors 3–6, 6–4, 5–7
Win 2. 1984 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay   Gene Mayer 7–6(11–9), 6–0, 1–6, 6–1
Win 3. 1985 Nice, France Clay   Víctor Pecci 6–4, 6–4
Loss 4. 1985 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i)   Ivan Lendl 4–6, 4–6, 6–7(6–8)
Win 4. 1985 Sydney Outdoor, Australia Grass   Kelly Evernden 6–7(6–8), 6–2, 6–3
Loss 5. 1986 Bristol, United Kingdom Grass   Vijay Amritraj 6–7(6–8), 6–1, 6–8
Win 5. 1986 Geneva, Switzerland Clay   Thierry Tulasne 7–5, 6–3
Win 6. 1986 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Miloslav Mečíř 6–2, 5–7, 6–4, 6–2
Win 7. 1988 Nice, France Clay   Jérôme Potier 6–2, 6–2
Loss 6. 1988 Hamburg, Germany Clay   Kent Carlsson 2–6, 1–6, 4–6
Loss 7. 1988 French Open, Paris Clay   Mats Wilander 5–7, 2–6, 1–6
Win 8. 1988 Brussels, Belgium Carpet   Jakob Hlasek 7–6(7–3), 7–6(8–6), 6–4
Win 9. 1993 Halle, Germany Grass   Andriy Medvedev 6–2, 6–3

Doubles 19 (10–9)Edit

Result No Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1. 1981 Bologna, Italy Carpet   Sammy Giammalva Jr.   Tomáš Šmíd
  Balázs Taróczy
7–6, 6–4
Win 2. 1982 Nice, France Clay   Yannick Noah   Paul McNamee
  Balázs Taróczy
5–7, 6–4, 6–3
Loss 1. 1982 Bournemouth, England Clay   Ilie Năstase   Paul McNamee
  Buster Mottram
6–3, 6–7, 3–6
Win 3. 1982 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i)   Yannick Noah   Fritz Buehning
  Pavel Složil
6–2, 6–2
Win 4. 1982 Vienna, Austria Carpet   Pavel Složil   Mark Dickson
  Terry Moor
6–1, 7–6
Loss 2. 1983 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay   Yannick Noah   Heinz Günthardt
  Balázs Taróczy
2–6, 4–6
Win 5. 1983 Aix-en-Provence, France Clay   Gilles Moretton   Iván Camus
  Sergio Casal
2–6, 6–1, 6–2
Loss 3. 1984 Philadelphia, U.S. Carpet   Yannick Noah   Peter Fleming
  John McEnroe
2–6, 3–6
Win 6. 1984 French Open, Paris Clay   Yannick Noah   Pavel Složil
  Tomáš Šmíd
6–4, 2–6, 3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Win 7. 1984 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay   Pascal Portes   Colin Dowdeswell
  Wojtek Fibak
2–6, 7–6, 7–6
Win 8. 1984 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i)   Tomáš Šmíd   Vijay Amritraj
  Ilie Năstase
3–6, 7–6, 6–4
Loss 4. 1985 U.S. Open, New York Hard   Yannick Noah   Ken Flach
  Robert Seguso
7–6, 6–7, 6–7, 0–6
Win 9. 1988 Nice, France Clay   Guy Forget   Heinz Günthardt
  Diego Nargiso
4–6, 6–3, 6–4
Loss 5. 1988 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay   Ivan Lendl   Sergio Casal
  Emilio Sánchez
0–6, 3–6
Loss 6. 1990 London/Queen's, England Grass   Ivan Lendl   Jeremy Bates
  Kevin Curren
2–6, 6–7
Loss 7. 1991 Indian Wells, U.S. Hard   Guy Forget   Jim Courier
  Javier Sánchez
6–7, 6–3, 3–6
Loss 8. 1992 Toulouse, France Hard (i)   Guy Forget   Brad Pearce
  Byron Talbot
1–6, 6–3, 3–6
Win 10. 1993 Indian Wells, U.S. Hard   Guy Forget   Luke Jensen
  Scott Melville
6–4, 7–5
Loss 9. 1994 Halle, Germany Grass   Gary Muller   Olivier Delaître
  Guy Forget
4–6, 7–6, 4–6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Henri Leconte in Fine Form in the Commentary Box During the Australian Open". Herald Sun. Published and accessed January 27, 2010.

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