Who is Henri Leconte? Celebrity MasterChef contestant profile

The former French tennis professional is swapping his racket for a frying pan

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Celebrity Masterchef 2017 contestant: Henri Leconte

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Twitter: @henrileconteoff 

Best known for: Playing tennis very, very well in the 1980s.

Biography: Born in 1963 in Lillers, France, Leconte started playing tennis from a young age and turned pro after winning the French Open junior title in 1981 aged 19. He soon went on to win his first career doubles title in Bologna, and a singles title in Stockholm.

Alongside Yannick Noah, he went on to win the men’s doubles title at the French Open in 1984 and the pair also reached the US Open final the following year.

Leconte was also strengthening his singles game and in 1986 reached the semi-finals of both the French Open and Wimbledon. It’s here where he gained his career-high singles ranking of world number five.

In 1988 he made it to the French Open final, beating the likes of Boris Becker on the way. But despite the home crowd, he couldn’t overcome champion Mats Wilander, losing in straight sets.

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Leconte enjoyed one last hurrah before retiring in 1996: he helped France’ Davis Cup team to victory in 1991, beating American legend Pete Sampras in three sets.

After retiring Leconte became a commentator for Australian television, where he soon gained a name for his over-enthusiastic commentary and performances during legends matches.

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