Henri Laaksonen

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Henri Laaksonen
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Country (sports) Finland (−2010)
  Switzerland (2011–present)
ResidenceZurich, Switzerland
Born (1992-03-31) 31 March 1992 (age 27)
Lohja, Finland
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro2009
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money$910,060
Singles
Career record30–38 (44.12%) (at ATP Tour level, Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0 (4 Challenger, 2 ITF)
Highest rankingNo. 93 (7 August 2017)
Current rankingNo. 124 (4 March 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open2R (2019)
French OpenQ2 (2016, 2018)
Wimbledon1R (2017)
US Open1R (2017)
Doubles
Career record3–14 (17.65%)
Career titles0 (2 Challenger, 2 ITF)
Highest rankingNo. 191 (24 December 2018)
Current rankingNo. 198 (4 March 2019)
Last updated on: 4 March 2019.

Henri Joona Julius Laaksonen (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈhenri ˈlɑːksonen],[1] Swiss Standard German: [ˈhɛnriː ˈlaːksonɛn]; born 31 March 1992) is a Swiss-Finnish 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.

When Laaksonen started playing tennis, he represented Finland. Since January 2011, he has represented Switzerland.[2]

Early life[edit]

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.

Davis Cup career and controversy[edit]

He was first called to play for Switzerland for the first round against the Czech Republic in 2013 (lost to Berdych). In September 2013, Switzerland played against Ecuador in Neuchâtel for the Davis Cup World Group play-off. Laaksonen was initially called to play with Stanislas Wawrinka, Marco Chiudinelli, and Michael Lammer. However, during the Thursday training before the match, Laaksonen displayed very bad behaviour during practice, which led to his exclusion from the team.

Laaksonen was later fined and received a formal warning from the Swiss Tennis Federation. The amount of the fine was never publicly disclosed.[3] He was then 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 (partnering Lammer). However, Laaksonen did not play in any of the rubbers as the top players Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka disputed 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, coming back to the team after good results on the Challenger Tour. As a sparring partner, the Swiss coach Severin Lüthi called Yann Marti. 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 local hero 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 their 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 against the high quality opposition of John Isner and the partnership of Steve Johnson and Jack Sock, losing both times. In the World Group Play-offs against Belarus, despite losing his first singles rubber, Laaksonen crucially defeated Dzmitry Zhyrmont with Switzerland behind 2−1 in the tie. They would go on to win the final rubber and remain in the World Group.

Laaksonen opened up Switzerland's 2018 Davis Cup World Group tie against Kazakhstan, losing in four sets. He went on to win both his singles matches in the World Group Play-off tie against Sweden, however these would be the only points Switzerland registered as they were 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 1st and 2nd, 2019 in the Qualifying Round, at the Swiss Tennis Arena in Biel. Even though his opponents Karen Khachanov, ranked 11 on the ATP Rankings and Daniil Medvedev, ranked 16, were over 130 places above him, Laaksonen pushed both players to three sets. Laaksonen was victorious in the doubles together with the youngest player to ever play for Switzerland in the Davis Cup, Jérôme Kym. Switzerland eventually lost the tie 1–3 and will play Slovakia in September.

ATP Challenger Tour finals[edit]

Singles: 5 (4–1)[edit]

Result W–L    Date    Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Nov 2015 Champaign, United States Hard (i) United States Taylor Fritz 4–6, 6–2, 6–2
Win 2–0 Sep 2016 Shanghai, China Hard Chinese Taipei Jason Jung 6–3, 6–3
Win 3–0 Nov 2016 Champaign, United States (2) Hard (i) Belgium Ruben Bemelmans 7–5, 6–3
Loss 3–1 Aug 2018 Chengdu, China Hard China Zhang Ze 6–2, 2–5 ret.
Win 4-1 Feb 2019 Bangkok, Thailand Hard Israel Dudi Sela 6–2, 6–4

Doubles: 5 (2–3)[edit]

Result W–L    Date    Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Aug 2009 Geneva, Switzerland Clay Austria Philipp Oswald Argentina Diego Álvarez
Argentina Juan-Martín Aranguren
4–6, 6–4, [2–10]
Loss 0–2 Jul 2018 Marburg, Germany Clay Switzerland Luca Margaroli Brazil Fabrício Neis
Spain David Vega Hernández
6–4, 4–6, [8–10]
Win 1–2 Jul 2018 Båstad, Sweden Clay Finland Harri Heliövaara Czech Republic Zdeněk Kolář
Portugal Gonçalo Oliveira
6–4, 6–3
Loss 1–3 Oct 2018 Fairfield, United States Hard Finland Harri Heliövaara Thailand Sanchai Ratiwatana
Indonesia Christopher Rungkat
0–6, 6–7(9–11)
Win 2–3 Nov 2018 Charlottesville, United States Hard (i) Finland Harri Heliövaara Japan Toshihide Matsui
Denmark Frederik Nielsen
6–3, 6–4

Performance timelines[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
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[edit]

Current through the 2019 Houston Open.

 Finland   Switzerland
Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A A Q1 A Q1 Q1 Q1 2R 0 / 1 1–1
French Open A A A A A Q1 A Q2 Q1 Q2 0 / 0 0–0
Wimbledon A A A A Q2 Q1 A Q1 1R Q2 0 / 1 0–1
US Open A A A A Q1 A A Q3 1R Q1 0 / 1 0–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 0–0 1–1 0 / 3 1–3
National representation
Davis Cup Z2 A A A 1R A 1R 1R 1R 1R QR 0 / 5 9–8
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A A A A A 2R Q1 Q1 0 / 1 1–1
Miami Open A A A A A A A A Q1 Q1 Q1 0 / 0 0–0
Monte-Carlo A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Madrid A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Rome A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Canada A A A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Cincinnati 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 0 / 0 0–0
Paris 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 / 1 1–1
Career statistics
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Career
Tournaments 0 0 0 2 4 3 2 4 10 4 2 31
Overall Win–Loss 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 3–5 1–3 3–2 3–6 11–12 7–5 3–4 32–39
Year-end ranking 1386 1202 588 291 244 318 181 136 121 177 45.07%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The pronunciation by Henri Laaksonen himself". ATPWorldTour.com. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  2. ^ "Henri Laaksonen siirtyy edustamaan Sveitsiä". tennis.fi. Suomen Tennisliitto.
  3. ^ http://www.blick.ch/sport/tennis/busse-und-verwarnung-fuer-henri-laaksonen-id2452937.html

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