The former world No. 5 Henri Leconte spoke with Le Quotidien about the reasons why he was in Luxembourg on Saturday. The Frenchman said: "I was told to come here. We founded a company. Things are advanced. In the same time, changes in my personal life.
I started having many friends here. It's going well. And then there is a big advantage: in Luxembourg, you are in the middle and near to everything. Obviously I feel well here. I like Luxembourg people. Their kindness, their honesty.
Even if they are mainly businessmen," he joked. I also like your Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel. We have been knowing each other for a while. I can meet him and chat with him, it's nice." On the tennis in general, Leconte added: "For me, it's at two speeds.
The WTA Tour where the elite is protected, as well as the ATP. And then behind, another speed where girls do as much as possible to achieve the highest level but they have a difference of class." Between the new generations of women with Naomi Osaka, Bianca Andreescu, Ashleigh Barty...
who would he bet on? "There is the little Cori Gauff who is not bad. But there are eight people at the same time around her when she trains... She is 15 years old but she may pull off a Jennifer Capriati at 18 and break through.
We knew others..." On French tennis, Leconte concluded: "We live in an era with very good players but not Major winners. We reached a final with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils, Richard Gasquet or Lucas Pouille.
I liked a lot to play and beat the best guys in the world. It made me emotional. For others, it's not like this. They'd rather stay in a comfort zone. The effort to win something, they may not be available to make it."