Season 2017

Will Federer and Nadal come back to the Top 10 this year? 
'It's never easy to come back at a very high level ' Leconte said. 'It's hard for anyone! Even if you are Roger Federer. This year we will still see Djokovic, Murray, Wawrinka and Raonic winning tournaments and other players as well like Dominic Thiem. Hopefully Federer and Nadal will play major tournaments because we need them. You have to realize one thing: when these guys retire, it will be difficult for tennis sport as two characters are missing. 




Royal Albert Hall, London 2016

You’re also playing this year at Champions Tennis. What’s been your favorite memory of playing at the Royal Albert Hall?

I’m lucky that I’ve gotten to play there many times. The atmosphere and the acoustics are unbelievable. It’s like you’re in a theater. I’ve had some great matches there against John McEnroe and against other players as well. It’s just the place to be at that time of the year.

Do you find it easier to build friendships on the Champions Tour than in your playing days?

Of course. It’s much more relaxed because we have nothing to prove anymore, but we still have good tennis and good competition.

We know you like to entertain the fans, but does the competitiveness still come out in your matches?

We always try to do the best we can, to win and produce some good tennis. But I’m mainly just happy to be able to play and be healthy. It’s much more fun than it used to be.


Australian Open 2017

What happened to Djokovic and what is the outlook for the next Grand Slam in 2017?

With the 2016 Grand Slam calendar officially at an end, the ATP number 1 Novak Djokovic will shift his focus now towards the 2017 Australian Open in January.

He has plenty of time to prepare between now and January 2017.

This type of bad run isn't unusual for Djokovic, as he won just one single Grand Slam title in 2014 before winning 3 titles in 2015.

He hasn't been healthy for much of the second half of 2016, which may have had something to do with him struggling in major tournaments.

Djoker dropped out of the Cincinnati Open following his loss at the Summer Olympic Games with a wrist injury. He was not 100 percent well at the U.S. Open 2016.

The 12-time Grand Slam champion has a good chance for raising his level of play Down Under. He has won the tournament five of the past six years.

Nole will be the favorite heading into the 2017 Australian Open. See you down under in January!




US Open 2016

Already assured of the No. 1 ranking, things got even better for Germany's Angelique Kerber at the US Open.
Kerber beat Karolina Pliskova in a thriller, 6-3 4-6 6-4, to win the US Open and claim her second grand slam title of 2016.

Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka beat world number one Novak Djokovic with a scintillating display to win his first US Open and third Grand Slam title. Wawrinka, seeded third, won 6-7 (1-7) 6-4 7-5 6-3 to add the US title to his 2014 Australia Open title and his French Open triumph last year. Serbia's Djokovic made a strong start but struggled physically as the final entered a fourth hour in New York.


Angelique Kerber the new world number 1

Angelique Kerber’s dream has become reality. She replaces American Serena Williams as the new number 1 in the tennis rankings. She is the 2nd German 19 years after Steffi Graf.


US Open 2016
Serena Williams now has the most major match wins in the Open Era passing Roger Federer.

Henri Leconte NYC & US Open

Welcome to Flushing Meadows

The fourth Grand Slam of the year is certainly the hardest . The courts are close to the La Guardia Airport and an aircraft taking off or landing every two minutes. It is almost impossible to hear the sound of the serve. This was the case when I played there as a youngster,  today it's become a lot better. I remember a match Jimmy Connors against John McEnroe. They were always waiting for the right moment between the thundering of  the aircrafts to serve. What a bullshit.


Back to the U.S. Open. Arthur Ashe is one of the largest stadiums and it takes very long to get from one side to the other ... But at the Australian Open , it 's almost worse. And everywhere the smell of hot dogs and hamburgers. Plus the noise from the audience , especially in the evenings. "Hey Johnny , do you like another beer ? " And all of that during the match , when you have to serve. This is the usual madness . You will want to shoot the ball into their faces . But , you have to control yourself. The crowd continues to dance , sing and laugh the whole evening. But , I must say though , I loved playing there in this crazy atmosphere in the evening. When I think back, I get goosebumps. This stage inspires you or they will kill you .


Let's talk about the surface. It requires physically a lot, it is not good for your back and your knees. One must be prepared and already in super shape to survive it injury free. Imagine you're playing against Rafael Nadal over five sets plus the heat ...


If you have the opportunity to come to New York you must see the U.S. Open! Take the first plane and come, I am waiting for you!


Voila , that was my little story of the U.S. Open. It was always difficult for me and sometimes hell. Today I 'm really just glad and happy to come here to soak up the atmosphere and to report to you about it.

See you soon!



US Open is the last of four grand slams in a calender year and this year’s tournament will be played through Monday, 28th August to Sunday, 11 September 2016. Serbian Novak Djokovic will defend his mens title while Italian Flavia Pennetta will defend women singles crown. US Open authorities has announced the tournament schedule while they also revealed extensive TV coverage of this year’s tournament worldwide.

ESPN will be the host broadcaster and their live feed will be used around the world in different regions with local coverage. ESPN will continue to broadcast live on TV with their extensive coverage of all six courts plus they will also make live streams available via there official mobile app and through their website. But what channels are broadcasting the US Open live in other parts of the world ?


US Open Tennis 2016 TV Channels Worldwide: So ESPN will continue to broadcast live action of US Open in USA while below is the list of channels broadcasting in your part of the world.

US Open 2016 

United Kingom

SkySports (extensive coverage) & British EuroSport (only main-court match)

ESPN (exclusive rights in the US and will broadcast through all platforms including mobile/online streams)

FoxSports (exclusive rights from 2013 to 2016)

TSN (English coverage), RDS (French coverage)

EuroSport 1 & 2 (Eurosport will continue to broadcast US Open and many countries, list will be published closer to US open start dates)

beIN Sports (available in all middle-easter countries and in some parts of north africa
TEN Sports (had the rights for 2015 and its unclear whether they still have the rights of 2016 event

Sky Mexico (to have live coverage of US open in Mexico and some neighbour north american countries like Panama, Puerto Rico etc)

EuroSport (Usual coverage on EuroSport with spanish commentary)

South America
ESPN (ESPN Latin covers all four grand slams live on TV in most South American countries except Brazil)

SporTV (selected matches) also available on ESPN Latin America
South Africa
NTV+ & EuroSports
EuroSports (EuroSport set to continue their coverage of US open with in France as they enter last year of their current deal)

EuroSports (Available on EuroSport 360 and the current rights deal run through 2017)

Wowow (exclusive rights in Japan for US Open)

New Zealand
SKY NZ (Sky has tv rights contract with three of the grand slams including US Open. Only Wimbledon is broadcasted on TVNZ)

Sky NZ (Sky also broadcast live Tennis Grand Slams live in all pacific countries like Samoa, Tonga etc)


Henri Leconte optimistic for Rafael Nadal at the French Open 2016!

Rafa achieved an impressive victory over Gael Monfils in the final of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (7-5, 5-7, 6-0). "Rafael Nadal appears to be in very good shape for Roland Garros" , says Henri Leconte.

Rafael Nadal won his first major tournament since Roland Garros in 2014. At the start of the clay season, this victory is important for the Madrid, Rome and Paris tournaments.
"With Novak Djokovic swept under the carpet in the first round and Roger Federer still a little bit at the limit physically since his return from injury plus Stan Wawrinka has a t the moment a lack of confidence,
Nadal has a good chance", is the opinion of Henri Leconte.

"Rafa is at the moment in good shape "

The French tennis legend Henri Leconte said that Nadal is in good shape plus he plays on his favorite surface: "Rafa is ahead of the others but can he keep this pace for 5 sets? He must work on a very good serve.
There were some issues when he was serving in Monte Carlo. Nadal's return is beneficial to the world tennis. When he does not play well, there is a a big gap in the top world tennis player field.
He is coming back and he is taking his place on clay. But Stan Wawrinka who won the French Open last year still remains a major favourite on this surface. "

Avantage Leconte AO 2016