Henri Laaksonen
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Henri Laaksonen
Henri Laaksonen
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Laaksonen at the 2022 French Open
Country (sports) Finland (-2010)
  Switzerland (2011-present)
ResidenceZurich, Switzerland
Born (1992-03-31) 31 March 1992 (age 30)
Lohja, Finland
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro2009
PlaysRight-handed
(two-handed backhand)
CoachDavid Pultr
Prize moneyUS$ 2,137,417
Singles
Career record51-69 (42.5% in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 84 (14 February 2022)
Current rankingNo. 95 (20 June 2022)[1]
Grand Slam singles results
Australian Open2R (2019)
French Open3R (2021)
Wimbledon1R (2017, 2022)
US Open3R (2021)
Doubles
Career record3-15 (16.7% in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 191 (24 December 2018)
Last updated on: 13 June 2022.

Henri Joona Julius Laaksonen (Finnish: ['henri 'l?:ksonen],[2] 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. 84, which he achieved on 14 February 2022, and his highest doubles ranking is world No. 191, achieved on 24 December 2018. He is currently the No. 1 Swiss singles tennis player since 20 June 2022.[3]

Early life

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.

Before January 2011, he represented his country of birth, Finland. Since then, he has represented Switzerland.[4]

Professional career

2021: Success at Grand Slams: two third rounds & two top-20 wins, return to top 100 in two years

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.[5]

At the 2021 US Open he reached the third round only for the second time in his career defeating world No. 19 and sixteenth seed Christian Garin in four sets.[6]

He won his sixth Challenger title at the 2021 Open d'Orléans defeating Dennis Novak. As a result, he returned to the top 100 at world No. 98 on 4 October 2021, five spots shy of his career-high ranking of No. 93 reached more than two years ago on 15 July 2019.

2022: Career-high ranking, Swiss No. 1

He reached a career-high ranking of World No. 84 on 14 February 2022 after qualifying for the 2022 Rotterdam Open. As of 20 June 2022 he became the No. 1 Swiss player ahead of Roger Federer.

Davis Cup career and controversy

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".[7] 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.[8]

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.

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. Laaksonen 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 won his first match but lost the decisive rubber against the top Peruvian player Juan Pablo Varillas, resulting in Switzerland's relegation to Group II, the third level of world's tennis.[9]

In 2021, Laaksonen won both singles matches as Switzerland won 5-0 against Estonia in World Group II.[10]

Performance timelines

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# P# DNQ A Z# PO G S B NMS P NH
(W) winner; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (P#) preliminary round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (S) silver or (B) bronze Olympic/Paralympic medal; (NMS) not a Masters tournament; (P) postponed; (NH) not held; (SR) strike rate (events won / competed); (W-L) win-loss record.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Singles

Current through the 2022 French Open.

Finland Switzerland
Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 SR W-L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A Q1 A Q1 Q1 Q1 2R Q1 1R 1R 0 / 3 1-3
French Open A A A A A Q1 A Q2 Q1 Q2 2R 1R 3R 2R 0 / 4 4-4
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 1-2 0 / 11 8-11
National representation
Davis Cup Z2 A A A 1R A 1R 1R 1R 1R QR WG1 WG2 WG1 0 / 5 14-11
ATP Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A A A A A 2R Q1 Q1 NH A 1R 0 / 2 1-2
Miami Open A A A A A A A A Q1 Q1 Q1 NH Q1 2R 0 / 1 0-1
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A A A A A A A A NH Q2 Q1 0 / 0 0-0
Madrid Open A A A A A A A A A A A NH A A 0 / 0 0-0
Italian Open A 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 Q1 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 0-2 0 / 3 1-3
Career statistics
Tournaments 0 0 0 2 4 3 2 4 10 4 8 5 8 9 59
Overall win-loss 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-2 3-5 1-3 3-2 3-6 11-12 7-5 6-12 2-6 9-7 5-9 51-69
Year-end ranking 1386 1202 588 291 244 318 181 136 121 169 104 134 96 43%

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finals

Singles: 16 (8-8)

Legend
ATP Challenger (6-2)
ITF Futures (2-6)
Finals by surface
Hard (6-4)
Clay (1-3)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (1-1)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0-1 Jan 2011 Israel F1, Eilat Futures Hard Russia Valery Rudnev 3-6, 1-6
Loss 0-2 Oct 2011 Kuwait F2, Mishref Futures Hard Belgium Julien Dubail 3-6, 6-4, 4-6
Loss 0-3 Mar 2012 Switzerland F1, Taverne Futures Carpet (i) Germany Moritz Baumann 4-6, 6-4, 4-6
Loss 0-4 Sep 2012 Portugal F4, Espinho Futures Clay Czech Republic Ji?í Veselý 2-6, 4-6
Loss 0-5 Sep 2012 Portugal F5, Porto Futures Clay Spain Marc Giner 6-7(6-8), 2-6
Win 1-5 Mar 2014 Switzerland F1, Taverne Futures Carpet (i) Germany Tim Pütz 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(8-6)
Win 2-5 Nov 2015 Champaign, U.S. Challenger Hard (i) United States Taylor Fritz 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
Win 3-5 Nov 2015 USA F34, Waco Futures Hard (i) United States Sekou Bangoura 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
Loss 3-6 Mar 2016 USA F11, Calabasas Futures Hard Australia Matthew Barton 6-7(6-8), 3-6
Win 4-6 Sep 2016 Shanghai, China, P.R. Challenger Hard Chinese Taipei Jason Jung 6-3, 6-3
Win 5-6 Nov 2016 Champaign, Usa Challenger Hard (i) Belgium Ruben Bemelmans 7-5, 6-3
Loss 5-7 Aug 2018 Chengdu, China, P.R. Challenger Hard China Zhang Ze 6-2, 2-5 ret.
Win 6-7 Feb 2019 Bangkok, Thailand Challenger Hard Israel Dudi Sela 6-2, 6-4
Win 7-7 May 2019 Rome, Italy Challenger Clay Italy Gian Marco Moroni 6-7(2-7), 7-6(7-2), 6-2
Loss 7-8 Jul 2021 Braunschweig, Germany Challenger Clay Germany Daniel Altmaier 1-6, 2-6
Win 8-8 Sep 2021 Orléans, France Challenger Hard (i) Austria Dennis Novak 6-1, 2-6, 6-2

Doubles: 12 (4-8)

Legend
ATP Challenger (2-3)
ITF Futures (2-5)
Finals by surface
Hard (1-3)
Clay (1-3)
Grass (0-0)
Carpet (2-2)
Result W-L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1-0 Mar 2009 Switzerland F2, Greifensee Futures Carpet (i) Austria Philipp Oswald Jamaica Dustin Brown
Switzerland Alexander Sadecky
6-1, 6-4
Loss 1-1 Aug 2009 Geneva, Switzerland Challenger Clay Austria Philipp Oswald Argentina Diego Álvarez
Argentina Juan-Martín Aranguren
4-6, 6-4, [2-10]
Loss 1-2 Oct 2011 Kuwait F2, Meshref Futures Hard Switzerland Luca Margaroli Germany Florian Fallert
Germany Nils Langer
4-6, 6-7(6-8)
Loss 1-3 Sep 2012 Portugal F4, Espinho Futures Clay Switzerland Fede Valsangiacomo Netherlands Stephan Fransen
Netherlands Wesley Koolhof
5-7, 2-6
Loss 1-4 Mar 2014 Switzerland F1, Taverne Futures Carpet (i) Lithuania Laurynas Grigelis Sweden Jesper Brunström
Denmark Frederik Nielsen
4-6, 6-7(4-7)
Win 2-4 Mar 2014 Switzerland F2, Trimbach Futures Carpet (i) Switzerland Luca Margaroli Russia Denis Matsukevitch
Italy Matteo Volante
6-2, 6-2
Loss 2-5 Jan 2015 Germany F1, Schwieberdingen Futures Carpet (i) Romania Victor Vlad Cornea Germany Fabian Fallert
Germany Florian Fallert
4-6, 3-6
Loss 2-6 Mar 2016 USA F11, Calabasas, California Futures Hard Czech Republic Marek Michali?ka United States Nicolas Meister
United States Eric Quigley
6-4, 2-6, [3-10]
Loss 2-7 Jul 2018 Marburg, Germany Challenger Clay Switzerland Luca Margaroli Brazil Fabrício Neis
Spain David Vega Hernández
6-4, 4-6, [8-10]
Win 3-7 Jul 2018 Båstad, Sweden Challenger Clay Finland Harri Heliövaara Czech Republic Zden?k Kolá?
Portugal Gonçalo Oliveira
6-4, 6-3
Loss 3-8 Oct 2018 Fairfield, U.S. Challenger Hard Finland Harri Heliövaara Thailand Sanchai Ratiwatana
Indonesia Christopher Rungkat
0-6, 6-7(9-11)
Win 4-8 Nov 2018 Charlottesville, U.S. Challenger Hard (i) Finland Harri Heliövaara Japan Toshihide Matsui
Denmark Frederik Nielsen
6-3, 6-4

Record against top 10 players

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.

* As of 26 May 2022.

References

  1. ^ "Rankings | Singles | ATP Tour | Tennis". ATP Tour.
  2. ^ "The pronunciation by Henri Laaksonen himself". ATPWorldTour.com. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Rankings | Singles | ATP Tour | Tennis".
  4. ^ "Henri Laaksonen siirtyy edustamaan Sveitsiä". tennis.fi. Suomen Tennisliitto. Archived from the original on 2014-02-03. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Henri Laaksonen Makes Breakthrough At Roland Garros, But Still 'Not Satisfied' | ATP Tour | Tennis". ATP Tour.
  6. ^ "Qualifiers Make Huge Impact at the 2021 US Open". September 2, 2021.
  7. ^ 20 min:http://www.20min.ch/ro/sports/tennis/story/11538253; Blick: http://www.blick.ch/sport/tennis/eklat-im-schweizer-davis-cup-team-id2440587.html
  8. ^ "Davis-Cup-Eklat: Busse und Verwarnung für Henri Laaksonen - Tennis - Blick". www.blick.ch. Archived from the original on 2013-09-27.
  9. ^ "Without Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka, Switzerland loses Davis Cup tie to Peru". Tennis World USA.
  10. ^ "Davis Cup - Draws & Results". www.daviscup.com.

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