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Henri Leconte: the Mad Genius

The topic related to Youtube.com tennis highlights got me to do a search of one of the most talented, yet enigmatic players in tennis history: Henri Leconte. The man (there must be something about lefties) was a genius for the ages. When he was off, he couldn't defeat a local pro...but when he was on even Federer on his best day would have a difficult time defeating him.

Incredible shot maker off both wings. Beautiful and the net. Huge lefty serve.

Enjoy...the genius that is Henri:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=YncnLgTrRkE&feature=related

http://youtube.com/watch?v=yIhToiMx1T0&feature=related

http://youtube.com/watch?v=cbk8Za1e6z0&feature=related

http://youtube.com/watch?v=1dDmLm3nqqA
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Re: Henri Leconte: the Mad Genius

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Re: Henri Leconte: the Mad Genius

Beautiful is not the adjective you're looking for.
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just finish watching youtube clips of Henri he was good but everyone knows federer on a good day means bagel and i can see him giving Henri a few of them, maybe on a off day he's not playing well then he might have a chance.
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Re: Henri Leconte: the Mad Genius

my 2nd fav of the 80's
just magic at his best.

the good old years of classic tennis.

91 DC final, a crippled Leconte with yrs of back trouble spanks Sampras
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but everyone knows federer on a good day means bagel
You're right...Henri COULD win a set from Roger 6-0 when playing at the level of "madness" only he was capable of...

But then...he would probably proceed to lose the next two sets to Roger, 1-6, 1-6.
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I used to love watching Henri play - yes I am old enough to have seen him play live Thanks for the links and the trip down memory lane

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I remember at our tennis club they showed us video clips of his volleys when we were doing volleys. According to our coach, he had the most beautiful and effective "stop volley" especially on the backhand wing he had ever seen.

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sawan stop being delusional ok, the matches look like they being played in slow motion.
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Re: Henri Leconte: the Mad Genius

He had such a great touch at the net.
Thanks for the clips.

My favs.
.Agassi.Chang.Sampras.Ferreira.Kafelnikof.Bjorkman .Pioline.

.Kuerten.Federer.Gaudio.Coria.Santoro.Gasquet.Araz i.Qureshi.Bopanna.
Calleri.Pella.Collarini.Estrella.Zeballos.Safin.Lo pez.Rochus.Malisse


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It is necessary that everyone has to be compare to Federer?
What is the point?

My favs.
.Agassi.Chang.Sampras.Ferreira.Kafelnikof.Bjorkman .Pioline.

.Kuerten.Federer.Gaudio.Coria.Santoro.Gasquet.Araz i.Qureshi.Bopanna.
Calleri.Pella.Collarini.Estrella.Zeballos.Safin.Lo pez.Rochus.Malisse


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Fantastically gifted player. He was great to watch and his shotmaking was right up there with the best.

Nice clips.
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One day, Leconte could play like the best player ever, and other like a piece of complete crap. He really had genius in him and was great to watch... Thanks Riton for the great memories !
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Thank you for the memories. He was one of my childhood "heroes".
He could get me through despair, joy, and awe in the same match.
And almost 17 years later, I still get goosebumps watching replays of the 91 DC final.
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What a talent!
He and Santoro, I love they!
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