Celebrities in Switzerland: Henri Leconte
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Leconte, Henri (1964 - ) France / Tennisman / GE

The famous French tennis player has lived on the shores of Lake Geneva since 1995. Born in 1963 in Liller, Henri Leconte took tennis lessons throughout his childhood. At the age of 17, he won the Junior French Open, which paved his way to professional tennis.

He won his first tournament in 1982, making a name for himself by defeating Mats Wilander in Stockholm. Henri Leconte's character and his antics on the courts soon earned him a reputation as the unruly child of French tennis. In 1984, he won the French Open, playing doubles with Yannick Noah.

After his victories in Nice and Sydney in 1985 and in Geneva and Hamburg in 1986, he was ranked fifth in the ATP classification. He set a record in the Davis Cup, with 41 wins and only 25 losses. Weakened by two operations, his performance began to suffer and he dropped out of the general classification. Henri Leconte climbed back on top, however, winning Germany's Halle tournament in 1993.

In 1995, Henri Leconte married Marie Sara Bourseiller, the only woman bullfighter in France. The couple presently resides on the shores of Lake Geneva in Cologny, near Geneva, where the tennis player can practice his favorite hobby, speed-boating. You can watch him play in Geneva, along with many other tennis stars, during the promotional events organized by Arnaud Boetsch.

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