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


Come on England !!!

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Interview 'Who is your favourite for ATP World Tour Finals 2016, London?'

Henri Leconte
: 'At the ATP World Tour Finals, Novak is the favourite surely. I’ve never seen anybody play so well and be so relaxed. I know my dream is to see Roger winning. It would be great. But I think Novak put the tennis at another world.
We used to have one, two, three guys but now Novak is ahead by far. He’s changed the way he’s training and playing. Before, he was very nervous and tense and tight, but now he’s so flexible and relaxed and that’s why all the players want to be like him. The upper body is always straight. That’s the key. 
I think it would have to be one of the best seasons of all time. Could you imagine winning one match and having the Grand Slam?'


Henri, how are you?

Very good. I travel a lot and work for Padel, Eurosport, Tennis Exhibitions and the ATP Champions Tour. 

We would like to know more about you and your tastes ...

What's the last movie you saw and the movie you like very much?

There are several movies but Avatar is fantastic!

Your favourite musical group or artist?

U2 and the Rolling Stones of course. 

Your favourite meal?

The pate gratin of my wife! It is exceptional!!!


And your favourite drink?

Water ... 

We return to tennis now – if you were not Henri Leconte, which tennis player 

(active or not) would you like to be and why?

Everyone is admiring Roger Federer. Anyway, yes I would like to be like him! Of my generation and before I would choose Nastase for his talent ... and McEnroe too!

Which surface is your favourite?

Clay and grass!

To talk a little bit about material that you are fancy the most?

Natural gut string


Are you interested or do you participate in the technical progress of equipment (rackets / strings ...)?

Yes of course I'm very interested. We are all interested.


Henri Leconte Padel – where are we?

We progress and we open with my partners right now Henri Leconte Padel Clubs in France and abroad. We have a new HLPC that opens in Reichstett near Strasbourg. We also expect more news from the FFT how to move forward.


What are the Henri Leconte's goals in the next months or years to come?

Being happy and healthy!! And also for my family.

Thanks Henri and good luck ...













Interview #2 Henri Leconte: US Open 2015 Avantge Leconte

US Open: interview with Henri Leconte, Consultant on Eurosport
For the duration of the tournament, from August 31 to 13 September, the former French Open finalist has his own show Avantage Leconte on Eurosport, where he talks quite open and frank.

Why is "Avantage Leconte" different from other tennis shows? And what is different at the US Open?

It's a show that moves. We are never in the same place. We are in different places around the US Open (rooftop, Eurosport Studio, on court): it is a special situation at the US Open. We do not have the same facilities as during Roland Garros. We try to be much more dynamic. In New York, there's always an extra excitement thanks to the "Night Session". At night, it's even more crazy: people are happy, singing & dancing. In fact they are relaxed. This is New York.

What is the atmosphere of tennis during the US Open?
They love the tennis sport the American way. When we (the Legends) played here in the 80s, it was a mess because there was too much noise. Today, it is still a bit strange as people are still very noisy and there is a lot of music. It is a Grand Slam where you have to be mentally prepared. And the external factors add to the pressure.
Are the players today as accessible as before?
No, it's complicated because there are many requests and a lot of pressure. There is also the entourage/ coach who are blocking many requests from journalists. And social networks did not exist in our time and that is why the players today are not communicating as we did in the past.
Are they afraid to speak?
Yes, that is obvious. They are so afraid that they are in permanent fear. Today they communicate with no emotions. They answer something like: "Yes, I played well, I'm happy. Thank you. And goodbye '. We were more open and outgoing. We did not hesitate to say "bullshit". In fact, their problem is that they are afraid of being trapped. Social networks have not helped this matter. In fact they made it even worse. Some like Djoko (Novak Djokovic), Roger (Federer) and Rafael (Nadal) sometimes stand up and talk, but the others are too afraid compared to our generation.  

Tell us about your generation. What did you do?
In our time, if you would have heard what we said to each other (like Connors, McEnroe, Becker, me) you would fall off your chair. The so-called scandal between Kyrgios and Stan Wawrinka, it makes me laugh. If we had recorded everything we said in our days, there would have been no player on the court the next day as they would have been angry or totally out of order. But, we were and we are always friends, even if we say our opinions.


Interview #1 Henri Leconte: US Open 2015 Avantge Leconte

Henri Leconte loves New York. Great. Since Monday, the former French Open finalist is a consultant on Eurosport on his own show: Avantage Leconte. In this talk show, he does not mince words.

What characterizes the US Open?
This is the last grand slam, the last tournament of the season. Everybody is tired and the fact that it is played on hard court does not facilitate the task. In Australia, everybody is totally relaxed and the spectators are thrilled. Roland Garros is on clay and has a lot of charm. Wimledon has rules, regulations and lot of tradition. No room for improvisation or creativity when it comes to outfits. All outfits should be white. At the US Open there is something special: You eat burgers, fries. In fact you eat all day. It is a great show and only the Americans have the recipe to do it that way.

How do they live Tennis?
They scream and it's fun- The music is omnipresent. And the airplanes too. This is the US Open. It remains a crazy tournament.

And the players?
It is complicated. They are under extreme pressure and their surroundings do not make things easier. But above all, social networks have significantly stopped any emotions and communication. They are all afraid and do not say anything.

How is it that tennis has no doping issues?
Because at tennis, there are a lot of controls. There were a few issues in the past but it's true that in this sport everything is under control. Some crossed the line and they were punished. We must be strict on this.
Interview by Patrick Cabannes



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