In an interview the former French player Henri Leconte was asked what players he admires the most. He said: "Clearly Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. They are unbelievable players. We are lucky to see those athletes during our life.
But I am not worried when they will retire." Asked what was his childhood idol, Leconte replied: "There was Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg. Having role models is essential. That's the only way to improve.
I always wanted to be like my idols. It pushed me go a bit forward. That's the only way to reach a new level. I copied a lot from technique and movements of McEnroe or Borg." Asked if he plans to build an Academy like Nadal did in Manacor, Leconte replied: "At the moment that's without discussion for me.
I have a lot to do, I work as a commentator on Eurosport and I do not believe the French Federation would like me to do this project. But I will definitely want to look at Rafa Academy." Asked if he has some struggles with his native country, Leconte concluded: "I think it has something to do with my personality.
Many French people are jeaulous of me. My compatriots never understood what I got. When I will die, maybe one day they will understand it."