Henri Leconte

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Henri Leconte was born on the 4th of July, 1963 in Lillers, France and played professional men’s tennis for 16-years, starting in 1980 when he won the junior title at the French Open until his retirement in 1996. His career-high singles ranking was world no. 5 in 1986 and his career-high doubles ranking was world no. 6 in 1985.

Leconte was a member of the French Davis Cup team for 13 consecutive years from 1982 to 1994, playing in both singles’ and doubles’ competitions. He helped France win the Davis Cup in 1991. He beat Pete Sampras on the first day in Lyon, which he described as "the best match I played in my life." He then partnered Guy Forget to a doubles win over Ken Flach and Robert Seguso. After 59 years this was the first Davis Cup title for France. Henri Leconte and Guy Forget were named athletes of the year by the French magazine L'Equipe ("Champion of Champions"). Leconte was also on the French team that won the World Team Cup in 1986.

Henri Leconte

Henri won nine singles titles during his professional tennis career. He achieved his first top-level singles title in 1982 in Stockholm, followed by wins in: Stuttgart in 1984; Nice & Sydney in 1985; Geneva and Hamburg in 1986; Nice & Brussels in 1988; Halle, Westfalen in 1993. Other major accomplishments as a singles’ player were: in 1985 he reached the quarter-finals of the French Open and Wimbledon, the latter included a dazzling win over world no. 2, Ivan Lendl; in 1986 he reached two Grand Slam singles semi-finals at the French Open and Wimbledon. However his greatest success as a single player at a Grand Slam was reaching the finals at the 1988 French Open on home soil at Roland Garros, beating Simon Youl, Bruno Orešar, Horacio de la Peña, Boris Becker, Andrei Chesnokov and Jonas Svensson. There he was defeated by the Swede, two-time former champion Mats Wilander.

Leconte also won ten doubles titles during his professional tennis career: Bologna in 1981; Nice, Basel and Vienna in 1982; Aix-en-Provence in 1983; Roland Garros, Kitzbühel & Stockholm 1984; Nice in 1988; Indian Wells in 1993. He compiled a doubles record of 17-5 and was undefeated with his doubles partner, Guy Forget, in the 11 matches they’ve played together. He won his last 14 double matches from March 1985 to July 1993.

Henri now plays on the ATP Champions Tour for over-35’s and has formed a doubles partnership with the Iranian player Mansour Bahrami. He also plays exhibition matches, hosts tennis clinics, and is a popular television commentator. Since 2013 Leconte has promoted Padel, a recent racquet sport, and has set up HL PADEL to build high quality courts and support clubs by arranging competitions and giving demonstrations to attract more players.

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