Henri Leconte joins the Champions Tennis line-up

The French Doubles Champion will return to the Royal Albert Hall.

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France’s 1984 Roland-Garros Doubles champion and current Celebrity Masterchef semi-finalist Henri Leconte is the latest name to join this year’s Champion’s Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall. He will join the already confirmed two-time US Open winner Pat Rafter, British favourite Tim Henman, French Open winner Juan Carlos Ferrero, and former World No.1 Marat Safin.

More players are expected to be announced in the near future.

Henri Leconte is currently demonstrating his skills in the kitchen on the BBC’s Celebrity MasterChef. His tennis career launched in 1980 when we won the junior Roland-Garros title, then turning professional. He reached a singles career high ranking of World No.5, reaching the 1988 Roland-Garros final, and taking away the Doubles Championship alongside Yannick Noah in 1984.

In total, Leconte has won nine singles and ten doubles titles throughout his professional career.

“It’s an honour to return for this year’s Champions Tennis, especially as there’s always something so special about playing in the Royal Albert Hall,” Henri Leconte announced. “I definitely feel less pressure on the court compared to competing on MasterChef.”

This year’s special event at the Royal Albert Hall marks 21 years of Champions Tennis. Running from the 30 November until the 3 December, it welcomes the greatest players on the grandest stage, making it the ultimate season finale for the ATP Champions Tour. Each day features daytime and evening session.

Over the course of the event, the Royal Albert Hall has welcomed the likes of John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Andy Roddick, Pete Sampras, Stefan Edberg, Goran Ivanisevic, and Bjorn Borg. There have also been special appearances from Andy Murray, Jamie Murray, Sir Elton John, Billie-Jeak King, and Novak Djokovic.

For an idea of what to expect from the event, check out our minimaster report from 2016.

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