Henry Leconte to coach Monfils

Updated: 01 October 2011 12:38 IST

Former French Open finalist Henri Leconte confirmed on Friday that he will help coach world number nine Gael Monfils for upcoming tournaments in Valencia and Paris-Bercy.

Paris:

Former French Open finalist Henri Leconte confirmed on Friday that he will help coach world number nine Gael Monfils for upcoming tournaments in Valencia and Paris-Bercy.

The 48-year-old Leconte, the 1988 French Open runner-up and Davis Cup winner in 1991, has worked as a television pundit since his retirement in 1996 and has never coached a player.

But the former world number five said he was looking forward to working alongside French number two Monfils' current coach Patrick Chamagne who helped Leconte prepare for the 1991 Davis Cup.

"Gael is someone who I like a lot and who has enormous potential, an atypical game and lots of charisma," said Leconte. "It's a big challenge for me but one which I'll enjoy."

Monfils split with Australian coach Roger Rasheed in July after three years.

The Valencia tournament is from November 7-13 and Paris-Bercy from November 7-13.

Topics : Tennis Gael Monfils
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