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10.02.2013

Australian Open, Henri’s summary: We need Nadal.

Novak Djokovic has won the first Grand Slam this year in the final against Andy Murray. The Serb once again has proven his enormous power and control on the court.

 

However, Novak's main competitor was missing: Rafael Nadal. With him also the thrill and excitement was missing. We need Rafa! Novak is really great. But Rafa has to come back. We need the torro in the arena who keeps on fighting and fighting ... At Roland Garros the biggest challenge for Novak will be Rafael Nadal.

 

After the final Andy Murray was very disapointed. Together with Ivan Lendl they will go through everything analyzing the matches and his game. I’m sure he keeps on going his way. He will rest a bit in the next couple of weeks as the season start was very tough. Andy once again has proven that he is able to play very very well and he has the potential to reach the very top.

 

It’s gonna be a very exciting season!

 

21.11.2012

Henri about Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic und Andy Murray

Pretty sure that you’ve enjoyed the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. We’ve seen the best players on the tour – but one very important man was missing ... 

Rafa! I really, really hope that he is coming back soon. We need him. Tennis needs him. He has the power, the energy and the strength. He never stops. Always keeps on going, always fighting! I really hope that he will be back soon.

But he has to be fit for his game, i mean really fit from a physical point of view. Not to mention the psychological aspect. I think that the Australian Open will be a test for him. How it goes with his fitness and health.

Hard court is definitely no good for his knees so he has to be fit playing there. So yes, in my opinion this will be the test. If he’s fit, he will come back and fight like a lion to fully come back. If not ... hm, then he again will make a break, i guess. Because he definitely wants to be back for Roland Garros! He wants to be at the French Open. For him history is in the making, the 8th title is waiting for him! I’ll keep my fingers crossed ...

Djoko is back! Tennis needs Novak and Novak needs tennis! As simple as that. He is great. A powerful and highly skilled player. And a nice guy, too! He has everything. He gives a lot of energy to his country and the kids. I really appreciate that. Nole reminds me of Pat Cash, you know? Pat has a strong personality, always with his checkered headband ... and so has Novak Djokovic this strong personality. And he can be so funny! It’s really good to have him in tennis.

And what about Roger Federer? I really don’t understand the criticism in some media. In my opinion, he is by far the best player in the world. Ever. In 2012 he – again – had an incredible year! Roger did so well this year, returning back to Number 1 in the world. Crazy! This was my promise at the Australian Open 2012 that Roger will come back to the No1 spot. And he did. I think he has to play less tournaments in 2013 to bring the same tennis on the courts. Guess that is the learning after the World Tour Finals and the 2012 season. But keep in mind the talent he has! 

Which brings us to Andy Murray. I think Ivan Lendl helped really a lot. Andy finally made the US Open! He had a very good year, maybe his real breakthrough year. He played well in the O2 but i think he never had the full support from the crowds there this year. Compare that to Wimbledon or the Olympics where the crowds were so fully behind him and almost freaking out! He had more pressure at the Masters than anywhere else before. People were waiting for him to win his first Grand Slam title. That was tough for him. Then he did. But now they expect more Grand Slam titles which is even harder! He has to play his game and turn off the media and crowd expectations, just focus on his game. Then he will win more Grand Slam titles, i’m pretty sure.

So guys, looks like all is set for a very exciting season in 2013. I’m really looking forward to!

 

24.09.2012

Why not a team Tsonga-Rafter?

Many people have questions about the future of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on the ATP Tour. Would he play better with a coach? Does he really need one? The answer can only be "yes". Obviously he needs a coach, whether he likes it or not. All observers are convinced that he needs one, even if he does not seem to care or he is not yet convinced. If he wants to to be ranked higher, he must hold on to someone with experience.

Under this philosophy, who would have the best trainer profile for our French number one? Jo needs to improve his fundamentals. I mean, he now needs a solid foundation, because everything has to be focused on the 2013 season and the Australian Open, technically and mentally. He is not as strong and mature as Roger Federer to win big titles without help from someone. What he really needs now is time to work with a person to increase the focus on his game and to regain his concentration. Without this training he will not make it to take a new course. He needs to train with someone he respects, or he is allied and comfortable with.

To change the tactics and technique of a player usually takes up a lot of his time. He has to find a person who shows him what he does best in order to be focused and be more aggressive, and after all more concentrated at the start of every match. We know that this is one of his weaknesses. It is the same all the time. He is a "puncher", a player with heart. He trains a lot, but still loses. I do not think that there is only one professional trainer that could suit him. I think for example, Pat Rafter. Why? Simply because Jo had already positive experience with this Australian guy. They could be a good team. He should try it. Mats Wilander is also an interesting choice. I read in L'Equipe that Jose Higueras offered help. Why not? The Spaniard is not playing the same game as Tsonga, but works very hard. Tony Roche would also be an option as a former "striker".

But is Jo willing to listen to anybody? Only he can give us the answer.

Jo is at the turning point of his career. He still has the chance to win a Grand Slam. Most likely at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. He must not waste more time and needs a good team, and not the people who work freelance for him from time to time. He has made significant progress, that is undisputed. The proof is that he has fewer injuries then before, and he does a better tournament selection. He can say that he alone managed all of that successfully one way or the other. But does he really want to lose in the semifinals of a Grand Slam or in the final at the Masters? If this is his ambition, okay, then we can not change anything. If he wants more than that, then he should seek a good collaboration that brings him to the top. I speak from experience: to be in the finals, that's one thing. But to win the finals is another. A word to the wise.




Henri Leconte and Boris Becker: ATP Tour 1985 - 1995

Year

Name

Round

Surface

Winning Player

Losing Player

Score

1995

Marseille

R16

Carpet

Boris Becker

Henri Leconte

6-0 6-4

1994

Marseille

R16

Carpet

Henri Leconte

Boris Becker

4-6 6-2 6-1

1993

Wimbledon

R16

Grass

Boris Becker

Henri Leconte

6-4 6-4 3-6 6-3

1993

Stuttgart Indoor

R32

Carpet

Boris Becker

Henri Leconte

6-4 6-7 6-3

1990

Hamburg

SF

Clay

Boris Becker

Henri Leconte

6-3 3-6 6-3

1988

ATP World Tour Finals

10

Carpet

Boris Becker

Henri Leconte

6-0 1-0

1988

French Open - Roland Garros

R16

Clay

Henri Leconte

Boris Becker

6-7 6-3 6-1 5-7 6-4

1988

Hamburg

SF

Clay

Henri Leconte

Boris Becker

3-6 7-6 7-6

1988

Milan

QF

Carpet

Boris Becker

Henri Leconte

6-1 6-2

1986

ATP World Tour Finals

10

Carpet

Boris Becker

Henri Leconte

0-6 6-1 6-1

1986

Paris Masters

SF

Carpet

Boris Becker

Henri Leconte

6-2 3-6 6-3

1986

Wimbledon

SF

Grass

Boris Becker

Henri Leconte

6-2 6-4 6-7 6-3

1985

Wimbledon

QF

Grass

Boris Becker

Henri Leconte

7-6 3-6 6-3 6-4

Interview Henri Leconte at Roland Garros: Die Presse am Sonntag, Austria


Henri Leconte reached 1988 as last French tennis Player the Final of the French Open. "Die Presse am Sonntag" met Henri Leconte in Paris and discussed with him a couple of topics:  Muster, Nadal and his own image.

31.05.2014 | 17:58 |  (Die Presse)

Which memories do you have about your match against Mats Wilander at the French Open in 1988?

Henri Leconte: That was a big disappointment for me. It is easier to loose a semi final than a final. Now after 26 years I can deal with it. 

Did your life change after this Final?

Yes, indeed.  Ahead of reaching the Final at Roland Garros, I was not loved in France. People did not like the way i played. And the way I reported back after the matches did not please them. I always had a strong pesonality. My life changed completely in 1991, as France won against USA at Daviscup.I defeteated Pete Sampras and together with Guy Forget we won the doubles. Today most of the French people love me.

How much price money did you win as French Open Final Player?

It was not a lot compared to today. But it was enough to buy a house in the South of France and to have a better life together with my family.

Do you think that the top players earn too much today?

No, I can not say that. It is what it is. The price money increases each year, not only in tennis. What i critiyize a little bit is the distribution of the money. The top players earn more and more, but the others have to fight to finance thei travel and the participation at the tournaments.

What would you change?Was würden Sie am Tennissport ändern?

The biggest mistake was the change of the tennis ground (soil). Der größte Fehler war die Annäherung der Beläge. Nowadays they play everywhere the same kind of tennis, whether on clay, grass or hardcourt. In the past we had real experts on clay or grass or hardcourt and serve & volley experts. If it is dry and hot in Paris, the French Open is the fastest tournament. And that on clay! That would have been impossible inthe past. 

Viele sprechen im Zusammenhang mit Federer, Nadal, Djoković und Murray von einer goldenen Ära. Erlebt das Tennis sein bestes Zeitalter?

Jede Ära hat seine Champions. Ich erinnere nur an Rod Laver oder Björn Borg. Man kann Generationen nicht miteinander vergleichen, allein schon wegen der unterschiedlichen Schläger, Bälle und Beläge.

Vermissen Sie die großen Charaktere auf der Tour?

Natürlich. Wir vermissen und brauchen echte Typen. Wenn die Zeit gekommen ist, für Nadal und Djoković Abschied zu nehmen, wer ist dann noch da? Mir fallen neben den beiden noch Federer, Murray, Tsonga und Monfils ein. Aber sonst?

 

Sie haben zwischen 1984 und 1994 gleich neunmal gegen Thomas Muster gespielt. Woran denken Sie bei seinem Namen?

Bei Muster denke ich an den Terminator. Ich nennen ihn heute noch so. Er war so schwer zu bezwingen, weil er ein großartiger Kämpfer war. Muster war als Spieler unglaublich hart zu sich selbst, teils wirkte es so, als befände er sich in einem Tunnel. Vor einigen Jahren habe ich ihn auf der Champions Tour der Ex-Profis wiedergesehen. Und ich habe plötzlich einen freundlichen, netten und lustigen Menschen kennengelernt. Thomas hat mir eine neue, tolle Seite von sich gezeigt.

Muster gab 2010 sogar ein Comeback.

Ich habe mich nur nach dem Grund gefragt, für mich war das völlig unecht. Aber ihm selbst war es wichtig, ich habe großen Respekt davor.

Lassen Sie uns noch über die Gegenwart sprechen. Wer ist Ihr Favorit auf den French-Open-Titel?

Zuallererst Nadal, an zweiter Stelle kommt für mich Djoković. Aber Nadal hier in Paris über fünf Sätze zu bezwingen – das ist unglaublich schwer. Vielleicht gibt es ja sogar eine Überraschung. Bei den Australian Open hatte schließlich auch niemand ernsthaft Wawrinka auf der Rechnung. Aber bitte, erwarten Sie keine Überraschungen von den Franzosen. Wir wären schon froh, wenn es einer in die zweite Woche schafft.

Woran liegt es, dass Sie bis heute der letzte Franzose sind, der es in Roland Garros bis in das Finale geschafft hat?

Die französischen Spieler machen sich selbst so ungemein viel Druck, sie haben Angst. Und bei vielen scheitert es an der Vorbereitung. Ich habe mich früher ab Ende März jeden Tag fünf Stunden auf Sand vorbereitet, das macht die heutige Generation nicht.

Zahlreiche ehemalige Legenden wie Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg oder Michael Chang fungieren heute als Trainer. Wäre das nicht auch eine reizvolle Aufgabe für Sie?

Warum nicht? Das Problem ist nur: Ich brauche einen Spieler, der noch verrückter ist,, als ich es bin (lacht). Nein, ganz im Ernst. Ich kann mir das schon gut vorstellen, habe auch die nötige Leidenschaft für den Sport. Vielleicht sieht man mich ja bald wirklich als Trainer.



Ancien tennis champ et canal 7 commentateur de tennis Henri Leconte a parlé à Ross et John au cours de Melbourne 2016 du tournoi Open d'Australie et a dit que la chaleur de Melbourne peut être « brutale » sur les joueurs.
Il a aussi parlé de tennismen controversé Nick Kyrgios et Bernard Tomic, disant que les joueurs australiens avaient encore beaucoup à apprendre.
De plus, nous avons eu quelques autres questions sur le Tennis en France, Roger Federer et quelques nouvelles nations de tennis.

Dites-nous en plus de la chaleur à l'Open d'Australie.
Henri: Oui, la chaleur est brutale.
J'ai passé à cause de la chaleur, il y a l'Aussie Open dans les années 90 quand je jouais sur le circuit ATP.

Quelle est la cote de popularité de tennis en France ?
Henri: Très populaire, nous avons également un grand chelem: the French Open.
Nous sommes très chanceux d'avoir tant de joueurs de tennis français à l'heure actuelle.

Roger Federer est encore à jouer et sans s'arrêter. Qu'avez-vous ressenti qu'il est temps d'arrêter de jouer sur le circuit ATP ?
Henri : J'ai réalisé qu'il à l'âge de 31/32 parce que j'ai eu des opérations arrière.
Roger est incroyable. Il a remporté de nombreux tournois du grand chelem. C'est très impressionnant qu'il joue à ce niveau tout le temps.

Dont autres pays sont à venir ? Est-il maintenant temps pour la Chine de Progrès?
Henri: Oui, la Chine se lève avec Li Na. Et la Serbie. C'est maintenant un pays où le tennis s'agrandit. Elle pourrait devenir une nation de tennis à cause de Novak Djokovic.
La Russie développe également très bien. Et de l'Australie est également à venir retour même Nick et Bernard ont besoin toujours d'apprendre.

Merci Henri, avoir un grand temps ici en Australie.
Henri : Merci.


Während der Australian Open 2016 sprachen Ross und John mit dem ehemaligen Tennisprofi und derzeitigem Channel 7 Moderator Henri Leconte der bestätigte, dass die Hitze von Melbourne "brutal" für die Spieler sein kann. Er sprach auch über die umstrittenen australischen Tennisspieler Nick Kyrgios und Bernard Tomic, diese hätten seiner Meinung nach noch immer viel zu lernen hätten. Darüber hinaus hatten wir noch einige weitere Fragen etwa über Tennis in Frankreich, Roger Federer und neue Tennisnationen.
 
 
Erzähl uns mehr über die Australian Open ...
Henri: Oh ja, die Hitze ist brutal. Auf der ATP Tour in den Neunzigern fiel ich wegen der Hitze ein Mal Ohnmacht bei den Aussie Open.
 
Wie populär ist Tennis in Frankreich?
Henri: Sehr! Und wir haben auch einen Grand Slam: die French Open. Wir können uns glücklich schätzen, derzeit so viele französische Spieler zu haben.
 
Roger Federer spielt noch immer ohne aufzuhören. Wie erkanntest Du, dass es Zeit war bei der ATP Tour aufzuhören?
Henri: Im Alter von 31 / 32 war ich mir dessen bewußt, ich hatte Rückenoperationen. Roger ist unglaublich. Er hat so viele Grand Slams gewonnen, es schon sehr beeindruckend, dass er die ganze Zeit über auf so einem Niveau spielt.
 
Welche anderen Nationen kommen auf? Ist es Zeit für einen chinesischen Durchbruch?
Henri: Ja, China kommt mit Li Na. Schau Dir Serbien an, das ist nun ein Land, in dem Tennis immer größer wird. Es könnte wegen Novak Djokovic zu einer Tennisnation werden. Russland entwickelt sich auch sehr gut. Und Australien kommt auch zurück obwohl Bernard und Nick noch viel lernen müssen.
 
Danke Henri und eine gute Zeit hier in Australien!
Henri: Vielen DanK
 
 

Former tennis champ and Channel 7 tennis commentator Henri Leconte has spoken to Ross and John during 2016 Melbourne's Australian Open tournament,
and said that Melbourne's heat can be 'brutal' on players.
He also spoke on controversial tennis players Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic,
saying that the Australian players still had a lot to learn.
Plus we had a couple of other questions about Tennis in France, Roger Federer and some new tennis nations.

Tell us more about the heat at the Australian Open:
Henri: Yes, the heat is brutal.
I passed out because of the heat there at the Aussie Open in the 90's when I was playing on the ATP Tour.

How popular is tennis in France?
Henri: Very popular, we have also a grand slam the French OPEN.
We are very fortunate to have so many french tennis players at the moment.

Roger Federer is still playing and not stopping. How did you feel that it is time to stop playing on the ATP Tour?
Henri: I realised it at the age of 31/32 because i had back operations.
Roger is incredible. He has won so many grand slams. It is very impressive that he plays at that level all the time.

Which other countries are coming up? Is it a time for china to come through?
Henri: Yes, China is coming up with Li Na.
Look at Serbia. It is now a country where tennis is getting bigger. It could become a tennis nation because of Novak Djokovic.
Russia is also developing very well. And Australia is also coming back even Nick and Bernard need still to learn.

Thank you Henri, have a great time here in Australia.
Henri: Thanks.


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