Arnaud Clément

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Arnaud Clément
Arnaud Clement RG.JPG
Country  France
Residence Geneva, Switzerland
Born (1977-12-17) 17 December 1977 (age 36)
Aix-en-Provence, France
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Turned pro 1996
Retired 5 July 2012
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $7,125,228
Singles
Career record 316–327 (at ATP Tour and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 4
Highest ranking No. 10 (2 April 2001)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open F (2001)
French Open 4R (2003)
Wimbledon QF (2008)
US Open QF (2000)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 2R (2004, 2008)
Doubles
Career record 232–195 (at ATP Tour and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 12
Highest ranking No. 8 (28 January 2008)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open F (2008)
French Open SF (2001)
Wimbledon W (2007)
US Open QF (2006)
Team competitions
Davis Cup W (2001)
Last updated on: 31 July 2012.

Arnaud Clément (born 17 December 1977) is a retired professional tennis player and the current captain of the France Davis Cup team. He reached the final of the 2001 Australian Open and achieved a career-high ranking of World No. 10 in April the same year.

Life and career[edit]

Clément was born in Aix-en-Provence, and currently lives in Geneva, Switzerland. He turned professional in 1996, and achieved his career highlight at the 2001 Australian Open, reaching the Men's Singles final, where he was defeated by Andre Agassi. En route, Clement defeated the then-unseeded future World No. 1 Roger Federer and former World No. 1 Yevgeny Kafelnikov.

While playing he often wears a bandana and sunglasses. The sunglasses have been medically prescribed for Clement because of severe eye problems he has encountered through his life, which had nearly left him blind as a child. At only 13 months old he was diagnosed with unilateral coloboma, meaning the condition only affects one eye, at that time Clément was only given a 40/60% chance of having healthy eyesight for the rest of his life[citation needed], throughout his tennis career Clément has worn sunglasses to protect his eyes.

Clément was selected to represent one of the world's best-known and most important fashion labels, Lacoste. He was seen from May 2004 onwards in a pan-European print and TV campaign alongside the Danish pop singer Natasha Thomas. The advert was directed and shot by Bruno Aveillan.

Clément has been ranked as high as World No. 10 in singles and as high as World No. 8 in doubles, where he has often partnered with fellow Frenchmen Sébastien Grosjean and Michaël Llodra. He has won four ATP singles titles (Lyon 2000, Metz 2003, Marseille 2006, Washington 2006), and twelve doubles titles including Wimbledon.

Throughout his career he has beaten top players such as Andre Agassi, Patrick Rafter, Carlos Moyá and more recently Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Đoković.

Arnaud Clement 2012

Until 2010, Clément held the record for the longest match in the history of the Open Era. At Roland Garros 2004, Fabrice Santoro defeated Clément 6–4, 6–3, 6–7, 3–6, 16–14 in six hours and 33 minutes.[1] John Isner and Nicolas Mahut would eventually beat this record six years later at Wimbledon.

In March 2006, Clément ended his two and a half-year period of not winning an ATP singles title by capturing the Marseille Open, defeating world number 2 Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals and Mario Ančić in the finals.[2] In August 2006, Clément won his first ATP title in the United States, defeating Murray in straight sets in the final of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic.[3]

In July 2007, Arnaud Clément and Michaël Llodra won the men's double title at Wimbledon, beating World No. 1 and number one seeds defending champions Bob and Mike Bryan,[4] thus winning his first Grand Slam doubles title (Llodra had won two previous titles with Fabrice Santoro, making it his third Grand Slam title). He and Llodra were ecstatic, and celebrated by throwing their shirts, rackets, and towels into the crowd.

In July 2008, Arnaud Clément and Rainer Schüttler, both in their early 30s, played against each other in a Wimbledon quarterfinal singles match. Because of rain delays and darkness, play was suspended over a period of two days. Eventually, the match went in favour of Schüttler. The match went five sets and over five hours combined within the two playing days. The fifth set's score was 8–6. Finishing in five hours and twelve minutes, it was the third longest men's singles match in Wimbledon history.[5]

In June 2012, Arnaud Clément formalized his retirement from professional tennis at the age of 34 after a 16-year career.[6] He's the French Davis Cup captain since 2013.[7]

Major finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 2001 Australian Open Hard United States Andre Agassi 4–6, 2–6, 2–6

Doubles: 2 (1–1)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 2007 Wimbledon Grass France Michaël Llodra United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 2008 Australian Open Hard France Michaël Llodra Israel Jonathan Erlich
Israel Andy Ram
5–7, 6–7(4–7)

Summer Olympics finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 (0–1)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
4th place 2008 Beijing Hard France Michaël Llodra United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–3, 3–6, 4–6

Career finals[edit]

Singles: 11 (4–7)[edit]

Wins (4)
Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (4)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. 6 November 2000 Lyon, France Carpet (i) Australia Patrick Rafter 7–6(7–2), 7–6(7–5)
2. 29 September 2003 Metz, France Hard (i) Chile Fernando González 6–3, 1–6, 6–3
3. 13 February 2006 Marseille, France Hard (i) Croatia Mario Ančić 6–4, 6–2
4. 31 July 2006 Washington, D.C., USA Hard United Kingdom Andy Murray 7–6(7–3), 6–2
Runners-up (7)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
1. 8 February 1999 Marseille, France Hard (i) France Fabrice Santoro 3–6, 6–4, 4–6
2. 29 January 2001 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard United States Andre Agassi 4–6, 2–6, 2–6
3. 24 June 2002 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass Netherlands Sjeng Schalken 6–3, 3–6, 2–6
4. 23 June 2003 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass Netherlands Sjeng Schalken 3–6, 4–6
5. 13 October 2003 Lyon, France Carpet Germany Rainer Schüttler 5–7, 3–6
6. 23 June 2007 Nottingham, UK Grass Croatia Ivo Karlović 6–3, 4–6, 4–6
7. 16 January 2010 Auckland, New Zealand Hard United States John Isner 3–6, 7–5, 6–7(2–7)

Singles Performance Timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR LQ (Q#) A P Z# PO SF-B F S G NMS NH

Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

Current till the end of 2012 ATP World Tour.

Tournament 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 SR
Grand Slams
Australian Open A 1R 2R 4R F 2R A 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R Q1 0 / 13
French Open 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 3R 4R 1R 2R A 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 2R 0 / 15
Wimbledon 3R 1R 2R 2R 4R 4R 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R QF 1R 3R 1R Q1 0 / 15
US Open Q1 1R 4R QF 4R 4R 2R 2R 3R 1R 2R 1R Q1 3R Q1 A 0 / 12
Grand Slam SR 0 / 2 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 1 0 / 55
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells A A A 1R 3R 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R 2R 1R A 2R A A 0 / 10
Miami A 1R 2R 2R 3R 2R 2R 2R 3R 2R 2R 2R 1R 1R Q1 2R 0 / 14
Monte Carlo Q1 1R 1R 3R 1R 1R 2R 1R A 1R 2R Q1 Q1 Q2 A Q1 0 / 9
Rome A 2R 2R Q2 1R 2R 2R 1R A A A Q2 Q2 A A A 0 / 6
Madrid (Stuttgart) A A 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R A A A 1R A A A A Q1 0 / 6
Canada A 1R 2R 2R QF 1R 2R A 2R 2R 2R 1R A Q1 A A 0 / 10
Cincinnati A 1R 1R SF 2R 1R 3R 1R Q2 1R 2R 2R A Q2 A A 0 / 10
Shanghai Not Held A A A A 0 / 0
Paris 2R 1R 1R 2R 2R 2R A 1R 2R 2R 1R Q1 3R 2R Q2 A 0 / 12
Hamburg A A Q1 Q2 1R 1R 2R 1R A A 2R A NM1 0 / 5
Masters Series SR 0 / 1 0 / 6 0 / 7 0 / 7 0 / 9 0 / 9 0 / 8 0 / 7 0 / 4 0 / 6 0 / 8 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 82
Year End Ranking 94 104 56 18 17 38 31 106 69 42 54 93 63 78 152

Doubles[edit]

Wins (12)
Legend (Doubles)
Grand Slam (1)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (2)
ATP Tour (9)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
1. 10 April 2000 Casablanca, Morocco Clay France Sébastien Grosjean Germany Lars Burgsmüller
Australia Andrew Painter
7–6(7–4), 6–2
2. 11 February 2002 Marseille, France Hard (i) France Nicolas Escudé France Julien Boutter
Belarus Max Mirnyi
6–4, 6–3
3. 8 March 2004 Indian Wells USA Hard France Sébastien Grosjean Zimbabwe Wayne Black
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
6–3, 4–6, 7–5
4. 11 October 2004 Metz, France Hard (i) France Nicolas Mahut Croatia Ivan Ljubičić
Italy Uros Vico
6–2, 7–6(10–8)
5. 25 October 2004 St. Petersburg, Russia Carpet (i) France Michaël Llodra Slovakia Dominik Hrbatý
Czech Republic Jaroslav Levinský
6–3, 6–2
6. 23 October 2006 Lyon, France Carpet (i) France Julien Benneteau Czech Republic František Čermák
Czech Republic Jaroslav Levinský
6–2, 6–7(3–7), [10–7]
7. 30 October 2006 Paris, France Carpet (i) France Michaël Llodra France Fabrice Santoro
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
7–6(7–4), 6–2
8. 12 February 2007 Marseille, France Hard (i) France Michaël Llodra The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
7–5, 4–6, [10–8]
9. 25 June 2007 Wimbledon, London, UK Grass France Michaël Llodra United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–4, 6–4
10. 1 October 2007 Metz, France Hard (i) France Michaël Llodra Poland Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Poland Marcin Matkowski
6–1, 6–4
11. 5 October 2008 Metz, France Hard (i) France Michaël Llodra Poland Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Poland Marcin Matkowski
5–7, 6–3, [10–8]
12. 22 February 2009 Marseille, France Hard (i) France Michaël Llodra Austria Julian Knowle
Israel Andy Ram
3–6, 6–3, [10–8]

Doubles Performance Timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR LQ (Q#) A P Z# PO SF-B F S G NMS NH

Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

Tournament 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 SR
Grand Slams
Australian Open A A A A A 3R SF A 2R 1R 2R 1R F 1R QF 2R A 0 / 10
French Open A 1R 1R 1R 1R SF A 3R 2R 1R A 3R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 0 / 14
Wimbledon A A A A A 1R A A A 2R A W A 2R 1R QF 3R 1 / 7
US Open A A A A A 2R 2R A 1R 1R QF 2R 1R A 1R 1R 0 / 9
Grand Slam SR 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 4 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 2 1 / 4 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 3 1 / 41
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells A A A A 2R A 1R A W 1R A 2R 2R A A A A 1 / 6
Miami A A A A A 1R 1R A QF QF 2R SF QF A QF A A 0 / 8
Monte Carlo A A A 1R 2R 2R SF 1R 1R A 2R 1R 2R A A A 1R 0 / 10
Rome A A A A 1R 2R A A 2R A A 2R 2R A A A A 0 / 5
Madrid (Stuttgart) A A A A A A A A A A A 2R 2R A A A A 0 / 2
Canada A A A 1R 1R A 1R A A A A QF 1R A A A 0 / 10
Cincinnati A A A A A A 1R A 1R A A 2R A A A A 0 / 3
Shanghai Not Held A A A 0 / 0
Paris A QF 1R 1R 1R 2R QF A 1R 1R W SF SF 2R 2R 2R 1 / 14
Hamburg A A A A A A 2R 1R 1R A A QF A NM1 0 / 4
Masters Series SR 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 3 0 / 5 0 / 4 0 / 7 0 / 2 1 / 7 0 / 3 1 / 3 0 / 9 0 / 7 0 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 1 2 / 62
Year End Ranking 453 223 238 657 116 40 39 194 31 86 28 14 29 72 61 79

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