Biography

Born 4th of July 1963 in Lillers / France, Henri Leconte has won nine singles titles (Stockholm 1982, Stuttgart 1984, Nice & Sydney 1985, Geneva and Hamburg 1986, Nice & Brussels 1988, Halle / Westfalen 1993) and ten doubles titles (Bologna 1981, Nice, Basel and Vienna 1982, Aix-en-Provence in 1983, Roland Garros, Kitzbühel & Stockholm 1984, Nice 1988, Indian Wells 1993) in his professional tennis career.

 

Henri had his break through in 1980 when he won the junior title at the French Open. Henri's singles career-high was World No. 5 on 22 September 1986 and doubles World No. 6 on 18 March 1985.

 

Henri was member of the French Davis Cup team without interruption from 1982 to 1994 and played in both the singles and doubles competitions. Legendary is his record of 17-5. With his congenial doubles partner Guy Forget he remained unbeaten in the 11 matches they’ve played together. He has won the 1986 World Team Cup with the French team. 

 

Leconte 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, before Forget beat Sampras in the fourth rubber to clinch the trophy. 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").

 

His greatest success as a single player at a Grand Slam was without a doubt reaching the finals at the 1988 French Open on home soil at Roland Garros. There he was defeated only by the the Swede Mats Wilander. With his doubles partner Yannick Noah he has won the doubles trophy at the French Open in 1984. The following year he reached the final of the US Open with Yannick Noah, where they lost only to Ken Flach / Robert Seguso.

 

Henri lifted his last trophy at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle / Westphalia in 1993. The same year he has won the doubles title together with Guy Forget at the Masters in Indian Wells. Henri retired from the professional tennis circuit in 1996, looking back on a 16-year career in professionals men tennis.

 

Fortunately, the race loving, brilliant entertainer has remained loyal to the world of tennis. In addition to exhibition matches Henri is playing on the ATP Champions Tour and can regularly be seen as television commentator.