|Country (sports)|| Finland (-2010) |
|Born||31 March 1992|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Career record||43-59 (42.2%) (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 93 (7 August 2017)|
|Current ranking||No. 119 (13 September 2021)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2019)|
|French Open||3R (2021)|
|US Open||3R (2021)|
|Career record||3-15 (16.7%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 191 (24 December 2018)|
|Last updated on: 1 September 2021.|
Henri Joona Julius Laaksonen (Finnish: ['henri 'l?:ksonen], Swiss Standard German: ['h?nri: 'la:kson?n]; born 31 March 1992) is a Swiss professional tennis player. His highest singles ranking is world No. 93, which he achieved in August 2017, and his highest doubles ranking is world No. 191, achieved in December 2018.
Before January 2011, he represented his country of birth, Finland. Since then, he has represented Switzerland.
Laaksonen's father, Sandro Della Piana, is a former Swiss tennis player. His mother is from Finland. His parents separated very early in his life, but he nonetheless kept contact with his father.
He started playing tennis at the age of 3. During his adolescent years he lived in Hyvinkää where he was coached by Pasi Virtanen. At 16, he became European champion for the Under-16s category.
In 2009, he moved to Switzerland to train at the Swiss Tennis National Tennis Center in Bienne.
Laaksonen won the biggest match of his career at the 2021 French Open against World No. 11 Roberto Bautista Agut in four sets in order to advance to a Grand Slam third round for the first time in his career.
He initially was called to play for Switzerland for the first round against the Czech Republic in 2013. In September 2013, Switzerland played against Ecuador in Neuchâtel for the Davis Cup World Group play-off. Laaksonen was called to play with Stanislas Wawrinka, Marco Chiudinelli, and Michael Lammer. However, Laaksonen was excluded from the team following his behavior during Thursday practice.
Wawrinka said: "There are very few promising young players [in Switzerland]. Unfortunately, among them, there are some who believe that everything is allowed and everything is granted for free. If Henri is not here today, it is because there are certain things we cannot accept. I also dislike his behaviour. Someone in his age, with his ranking and who has been supported by Swiss Tennis for many years and thinks he can not fully commit to a practice session and even complains about the coach, cannot be part of the team". Wawrinka added that he "never wants to be on a tennis court with him again". Further to this tie, Wawrinka and Laaksonen never appeared together in a team competition.
Laaksonen later was fined and received a formal warning from the Swiss Tennis Federation. The amount of the fine never was disclosed. Laaksonen never apologized publicly for his behavior.
He was left out from the first round tie of the World Group against Serbia in February 2014, but called back for the second round tie in Geneva against Kazakhstan in April 2014. He replaced Chiudinelli, who had won the doubles in Serbia (with Lammer). However, Laaksonen did not play in any of the rubbers as the top players Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka were in both the singles matches and the doubles. Switzerland won the tie with 3:2.
For the semifinal against Italy in September 2014, Laaksonen was not part of the team. He was replaced by Chiudinelli. For the final against France, Chiudinelli and Lammer were nominated. Laaksonen was not considered for this tie.
In 2015, after talks with the team and the captain, Laaksonen was called upon to play in the first round against Belgium in Liège. He won his two singles in five sets against Ruben Bemelmans and Steve Darcis. He took on the leader role for the young team present. In September 2016, Switzerland played against Uzbekistan in Tashkent in the world-group playoffs. Henri was again the Swiss team leader and secured the winning points. Because of its victory against Uzbekistan, Switzerland remained in the World Group.
For the 2017 Davis Cup World Group, Laaksonen played both singles and doubles in Switzerland's tie with the United States. In the World Group Play-offs against Belarus, despite losing his first singles rubber, Laaksonen defeated Dzmitry Zhyrmont with Switzerland behind 2-1 in the tie. The team won the final rubber and remained in the World Group.
Laaksonen opened Switzerland's 2018 Davis Cup World Group tie against Kazakhstan, losing in four sets. He won both his singles matches in the World Group Play-off tie against Sweden, but these were the only points Switzerland registered as the team was relegated from the World Group.
Laaksonen was again the Swiss number one in the first tie of the newly formatted 2019 Davis Cup, with Switzerland playing Russia on February 1 and 2, 2019 in the Qualifying Round, at the Swiss Tennis Arena in Biel. Switzerland lost the tie 1-3 and then lost to Slovakia in September. Due to this performance, Switzerland was relegated to the second division.
In 2020, away against Peru in Lima, Laaksonen again lost his decisive rubber against the top Peruvian player with a demotivated attitude, causing Switzerland's relegation to Group II, the third level of world's tennis. Serious questions started regarding the financial support received by him from the Swiss federation despite the absence of any results over years.
Current through the 2020 Davis Cup World Group II.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||A||A||A||Q1||A||Q1||Q1||Q1||2R||Q1||1R||0 / 2||1-2|
|French Open||A||A||A||A||A||Q1||A||Q2||Q1||Q2||2R||1R||3R||0 / 3||3-3|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||A||Q2||Q1||A||Q1||1R||Q2||Q1||NH||Q1||0 / 1||0-1|
|US Open||A||A||A||A||Q1||A||A||Q3||1R||Q1||2R||A||3R||0 / 3||3-3|
|Win-Loss||0-0||0-0||0-0||0-0||0-0||0-0||0-0||0-0||0-2||0-0||3-3||0-1||4-3||0 / 9||7-9|
|Davis Cup||Z2||A||A||A||1R||A||1R||1R||1R||1R||QR||WG1||WG2||0 / 5||12-11|
|ATP Tour Masters 1000|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||2R||Q1||Q1||NH||0 / 1||1-1|
|Miami Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||Q1||Q1||Q1||NH||Q1||0 / 0||0-0|
|Monte-Carlo Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||NH||Q2||0 / 0||0-0|
|Madrid Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||NH||A||0 / 0||0-0|
|Italian Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 0||0-0|
|Canadian Open||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||NH||A||0 / 0||0-0|
|Cincinnati Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 0||0-0|
|Shanghai Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||Q2||A||A||NH||0 / 0||0-0|
|Paris Masters||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 0||0-0|
|Win-Loss||0-0||0-0||0-0||0-0||0-0||0-0||0-0||0-0||1-1||0-0||0-0||0-0||0-0||0 / 1||1-1|
|Loss||0-1||Jan 2011||Israel F1, Eilat||Futures||Hard||Valery Rudnev||3-6, 1-6|
|Loss||0-2||Oct 2011||Kuwait F2, Mishref||Futures||Hard||Julien Dubail||3-6, 6-4, 4-6|
|Loss||0-3||Mar 2012||Switzerland F1, Taverne||Futures||Carpet (i)||Moritz Baumann||4-6, 6-4, 4-6|
|Loss||0-4||Sep 2012||Portugal F4, Espinho||Futures||Clay||Ji?í Veselý||2-6, 4-6|
|Loss||0-5||Sep 2012||Portugal F5, Porto||Futures||Clay||Marc Giner||6-7(6-8), 2-6|
|Win||1-5||Mar 2014||Switzerland F1, Taverne||Futures||Carpet (i)||Tim Pütz||4-6, 6-4, 7-6(8-6)|
|Win||2-5||Nov 2015||Champaign, U.S.||Challenger||Hard (i)||Taylor Fritz||4-6, 6-2, 6-2|
|Win||3-5||Nov 2015||USA F34, Waco||Futures||Hard (i)||Sekou Bangoura||6-3, 4-6, 6-1|
|Loss||3-6||Mar 2016||USA F11, Calabasas||Futures||Hard||Matthew Barton||6-7(6-8), 3-6|
|Win||4-6||Sep 2016||Shanghai, China, P.R.||Challenger||Hard||Jason Jung||6-3, 6-3|
|Win||5-6||Nov 2016||Champaign, Usa||Challenger||Hard (i)||Ruben Bemelmans||7-5, 6-3|
|Loss||5-7||Aug 2018||Chengdu, China, P.R.||Challenger||Hard||Zhang Ze||6-2, 2-5 ret.|
|Win||6-7||Feb 2019||Bangkok, Thailand||Challenger||Hard||Dudi Sela||6-2, 6-4|
|Win||7-7||May 2019||Rome, Italy||Challenger||Clay||Gian Marco Moroni||6-7(2-7), 7-6(7-2), 6-2|
|Loss||7-8||Jul 2021||Braunschweig, Germany||Challenger||Clay||Daniel Altmaier||1-6, 2-6|
|Win||1-0||Mar 2009||Switzerland F2, Greifensee||Futures||Carpet (i)||Philipp Oswald|| Dustin Brown
|Loss||1-1||Aug 2009||Geneva, Switzerland||Challenger||Clay||Philipp Oswald|| Diego Álvarez
|4-6, 6-4, [2-10]|
|Loss||1-2||Oct 2011||Kuwait F2, Meshref||Futures||Hard||Luca Margaroli|| Florian Fallert
|Loss||1-3||Sep 2012||Portugal F4, Espinho||Futures||Clay||Fede Valsangiacomo|| Stephan Fransen
|Loss||1-4||Mar 2014||Switzerland F1, Taverne||Futures||Carpet (i)||Laurynas Grigelis|| Jesper Brunström
|Win||2-4||Mar 2014||Switzerland F2, Trimbach||Futures||Carpet (i)||Luca Margaroli|| Denis Matsukevitch
|Loss||2-5||Jan 2015||Germany F1, Schwieberdingen||Futures||Carpet (i)||Victor Vlad Cornea|| Fabian Fallert
|Loss||2-6||Mar 2016||USA F11, Calabasas, California||Futures||Hard||Marek Michali?ka|| Nicolas Meister
|6-4, 2-6, [3-10]|
|Loss||2-7||Jul 2018||Marburg, Germany||Challenger||Clay||Luca Margaroli|| Fabrício Neis
David Vega Hernández
|6-4, 4-6, [8-10]|
|Win||3-7||Jul 2018||Båstad, Sweden||Challenger||Clay||Harri Heliövaara|| Zden?k Kolá?
|Loss||3-8||Oct 2018||Fairfield, U.S.||Challenger||Hard||Harri Heliövaara|| Sanchai Ratiwatana
|Win||4-8||Nov 2018||Charlottesville, U.S.||Challenger||Hard (i)||Harri Heliövaara|| Toshihide Matsui
Laaksonen's match record against players who have been ranked world No. 10 or higher is as follows, with those who have been No. 1 in boldface. Only ATP Tour main draw and Davis Cup matches are considered.