Former French tennis glory Henri Leconte said Thursday that he was “interested” in the position of captain of the French team, left vacant since the departure of Sébastien Grosjean. “I am interested,” said Henri Leconte, winner of the Davis Cup with the Blues in 1991. “The players have to want it, we have to have the structure, with a whole team.”
“If I became captain, I would need time. I said yes because I am interested, I have the Davis Cup flame. But it would certainly take me more time to put everything in place than people like Jo (Tsonga) and Gilles (Simon),” who are also candidates, he nevertheless tempered.
Asked about the generational gap that separates him from the players, Leconte, 60, said the question was legitimate but that he “had to adapt” and that he was “ready to help” without “imposing” . “We met with Gilles (Moretton, the president of the FFT, Editor’s note), we talked about different things. He will then speak to the players. The idea is that we can all move together in the same direction and avoid an internal war,” he added. On Wednesday, Ugo Humbert (26th) expressed his wish to see Jo-Wilfried Tsonga become captain of the France team. The latter revealed his desire to obtain the position in an interview with the daily L'Équipe.