Henri Laaksonen is the top-ranked player in Switzerland's Davis Cup team in the tie against Slovakia. Switzerland will also feature the 16-year-old Jérôme Kym (16) and Damien Wenger (19). The only top 100 player for Slovakia is Martin Klizan.
"Although I am No. 1, we also have a second player who can bring points. The court is outdoor but it's a bit like indoor, there is not that much space. Conditions will be a bit less windy than usual, but there are shades which makes it difficult.
I try to help the guys. This is how I can make them learn things. It's like Grand Slams where you can look at Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal or Novak Djokovic in training sessions and benefit from them. You just have to be ready to take something."
Laaksonen will also turn up for Switzerland for the first edition of the ATP Cup in 2020. His compatriot, world No. 3 Roger Federer will also be playing the tournament. The event will be held in three cities in Australia, in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.
It will serve as a tune-up for the Australian Open. Apart from Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will also be playing the event. Andy Murray has also taken a wild card so that his country can also participate in the 18-team event.
Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, David Goffin, Nick Kyrgios, Kevin Anderson, Diego Schwartzman, John Isner, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Daniil Medvedev, and Kei Nishikori will also be representing their countries as well.