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13.01.2014

Australian Open, Melborne

Andy Murray is seeded fourth for the Australian Open with world number ones Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams leading the way.

Wimbledon champion Murray, a three-time finalist in Melbourne, is playing his first grand slam since back surgery in September ruled him out of the final two months of last season.

He has dropped only one place in the standings in that time, behind Spain's David Ferrer, and cannot face either Nadal or three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic until the semi-finals in Melbourne.

Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro is the fifth seed ahead of 17-time grand slam champion Roger Federer, with Tomas Berdych, Stanislas Wawrinka, Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga rounding off the top 10.

The top 28 seeds correspond directly to the rankings but Canada's Vasek Pospisil, who lost in qualifying 12 months ago, is elevated to 29th because of Jurgen Melzer's withdrawal through injury.

Spain's Fernando Verdasco is the 32nd and final seed.

 

Radio Interview






Henri Leconte NYC & US Open

Back to Paris

 

New York, it's Tuesday morning 8.30 o’clock. Slowly I wake up, I'll pack, and answer several phone interviews to Rafael Nadal 's victory over Novak Djokovic. The whole world wonders if he can beat the record set by Roger Federer, with 17 Grand Slams.

 

I think it's a bit early to talk about it. You have to wait and see. Let's stop speculating about everything and nothing ... This is my opinion!

 

While packing I realize that I have to buy another suitcase to bring home the gifts for my children. So downstairs to the hotel shop and get a new suitcase because mine is about to burst!

 

Now it's 12am and I get in the taxi to Kennedy Airport. Although I am early, my flight is at 16.00 h, but I love to have time. I check the shops at the airport to buy another bag and then go to the Air France lounge to write this blog.

 

I have to say that I’m very happy to come home to Levallois. To see my wife Florentine and my kids Jules, Ulysse and Marylou, my princess. I missed them a lot. Of course I also missed my ‚big ones’ Maxim and Luna.

 

Not to be there with the kids at the beginning of school was really something bigger. They were very nervous to see their friends again, and were wondering if they all would be in the same class. Huge excitement for them ... and unfortunately I missed all that and wasn’t there to share this important moment with them.

 

I have to admit that it was a great pleasure writing down my analyzes, experiences and feelings during the U.S. Open. It was the first time form e doing that but certainly not the last.

 

This daily exercise also helped me. I sort of looked in a mirror to write down my feelings, share my doubts and what moved me on the ATP World Tour.

 

At first I did not believe that I'd able to do that. Thanks to my friend Hervé who has pushed me to do so. It's great to write all that. It is a lot of work, but we will try to more of these things in the future – I hope at least ...

 

These reports not only appeared on my Facebook, but also in 3 languages (German, English, French) on my website www.Henri-Leconte.com.

 

I had a lot of fun reading your tweets and reactions. Also on my blog back. I was pleasantly surprised that many journalists read my blog, too. I understand this world a little better now. Thank you.

 

Perhaps there is a way for me to do someting like that on the radio?

 

With regard to Eurosport, it was a great adventure again. It was our first time with ‚Avantage Leconte’ at the U.S. Open. It worked very well with the whole production team, all took care for me and I want to thank them warmly.

 

A short message to one of you: ‚Hola Pedro’! He was very sure that Rafa would win the tournament.

 

I had a lot of fun commentating some matches with Bertrand Millard, including the match with Gael Monfils. But I regret not to have been able to commentate the men’s final with him. Maybe next time!

 

Next weekend I’ll meet my friends Mats Wilander, Mikael Pernfors and Pat Cash in Arcachon / France at the Legends Rendez -Vous (September 13-15). So, come to Arcachon for the weekend!

 

Then from September 25-27 I’ll be in Lyon at the Classic Tennis Tour with Yannick Noah, Mansour Bahrami and Fabrice Santoro.

 

That’s it so far, my last words from the U.S. Open.

 

Soon there will be more to tell ...

 

 

Au revoir!

 

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