Michaël Llodra

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Michaël Llodra
Michael Llodra US Open 2010 one.jpg
Country  France
Residence Rueil-Malmaison, France
Born (1980-05-18) May 18, 1980 (age 34)
Paris, France
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro 1999
Retired 2014
Plays Left-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $8,279,083
Singles
Career record 185-218
Career titles 5
Highest ranking No. 21 (9 May 2011)
Current ranking No. 196 (7 July 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (2012)
French Open 4R (2004, 2008)
Wimbledon 4R (2011)
US Open 4R (2004)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 2R (2008)
Doubles
Career record 380-218
Career titles 26
Highest ranking No. 3 (11 November 2011)
Current ranking No. 17 (7 April 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open W (2003, 2004)
French Open F (2004, 2013)
Wimbledon W (2007)
US Open SF (2003)
Other Doubles tournaments
Tour Finals W (2005)
Olympic Games Silver medal.svg Silver Medal (2012)
Last updated on: 8 April 2014.
Michaël Llodra
Medal record
Competitor for  France
Olympic Games
Silver 2012 London Doubles

Michaël Llodra (born May 18, 1980) is a French professional tennis player. He is a prolific doubles player with three Grand Slam championships and an Olympic Silver medal, and has also had success in singles, winning five career titles and gaining victories over Novak Djokovic, Juan Martín del Potro, Tomáš Berdych, Robin Söderling, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Nikolay Davydenko, Janko Tipsarević and John Isner. Llodra has been called "the best volleyer on tour" and is one of the few remaining practitioners of the classic serve-and-volley style of playing.

Life and career[edit]

Llodra was born in Paris, where his father Michel played for football club Paris Saint-Germain. A left-hander, his serve-and-volley style is modelled on that of his idol, Stefan Edberg.

Llodra and his wife Camille were married on September 9, 2003, and have two children, a daughter, Manon (born March 23, 2004) and a son, Teo (born September 5, 2007). He is a well-known supporter of French football club Paris Saint-Germain, and has often been seen wearing the club's shirt prior to tennis games.

2002[edit]

Llodra reached his first Grand Slam final, the Australian Open Men's Doubles, with Fabrice Santoro. Unseeded, they lost to Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor. During the semifinals, Llodra inadvertently hit a bird.

2003[edit]

Llodra won his first Grand Slam title, the Australian Open Men's Doubles, with Fabrice Santoro. Their opponents in the final were once again Knowles and Nestor.

2004[edit]

On winning the men's doubles again for the second time at the Australian Open in 2004, Llodra and his tennis partner Fabrice Santoro made headlines by stripping off their shirts, shoes, socks and shorts.[1] Dressed in a pair of white briefs only, Llodra threw his clothes into the crowd, to the cheers of many onlookers.[2]

Llodra made his first appearance in the fourth round of a Grand Slam singles tournament at that year's French Open. In the fourth round he led eventual semi-finalist Tim Henman by two sets to love and had a match point in the fifth set before Henman prevailed. Llodra also won his first ATP singles title two weeks later at 's-Hertogenbosch.

2005[edit]

On November 20, 2005, Llodra teamed up with French compatriot Fabrice Santoro to win the 2005 Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai, a competition which pitted the top 8 doubles teams in the world against one another.

2007[edit]

In July, Llodra won the men's doubles title at Wimbledon partnering Arnaud Clément, beating Bob and Mike Bryan, thus winning his third Grand Slam doubles title. He and Clément were ecstatic and Llodra once again celebrated by throwing his shirt, racket and towel into the crowd.

At the 2007 US Open, he and Clément were seeded 7th, but were upset in the second round by Jesse Levine and Alex Kuznetsov, 7–6, 6–4.

2008[edit]

Llodra and Clément reached a second slam final at the Australian Open, only to lose to the Israeli pairing of Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram 7–5, 7–6.

In singles, Llodra won two tournaments in the course of two months, the first being in Adelaide, where he defeated Jarkko Nieminen in the final, and the other in Rotterdam, where he edged out Robin Söderling in a third-set tiebreak.

Llodra and his doubles partner Clément then defeated the Bryan Brothers again in four sets at the Davis Cup quarterfinals tie against USA. They are one of two teams to defeat the Bryans in Davis Cup.

He then entered the 2008 French Open, where he upset Tomáš Berdych in the second round and went on to reach the fourth round, losing to Latvian Ernests Gulbis in straight sets.

2009[edit]

Llodra at the 2009 French Open.

He made two finals in singles; the 2009 Open 13 in Marseille (l. to Tsonga) and the 2009 Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon in Metz (l. to Ljubicic). He also had a poor season in doubles.

2010[edit]

Llodra started off the season with opening round losses in Brisbane and Sydney. He made the second round of the 2010 Australian Open, losing to Juan Mónaco 6–3, 6–3, 6–7, 1–6, 3–6.

He lost to Marco Chiudinelli in the opening round in Rotterdam. The following week, he impressively won the 2010 Open 13 tournament in Marseille. He beat two well-known players on the rise: seventh seed Marcos Baghdatis (in the second round) and top seed Robin Söderling (in the quarterfinals). In the final, he went on to crush Julien Benneteau 6–3, 6–4, in their first meeting on the ATP tour. Llodra and Benneteau also teamed up to win the doubles title in Marsielle, thus making him the singles and doubles champion of the 2010 tournament. Llodra also won at Eastbourne, beating Guillermo García-López 7–5, 6–2, in the final.

Llodra lost the first round at the French Open, the second round of Wimbledon to Andy Roddick in four sets, and made the third round at the US Open (including an impressive straight-set win over seventh seed Tomáš Berdych) before retiring against Tommy Robredo.

At the BNP Paribas Masters tournament in Paris-Bercy, he played his best tennis in an ATP Masters 1000 tournament, where he defeated second seed Novak Djokovic and then eleventh seed Nikolay Davydenko in the quarterfinals. Llodra then held three match points against world no. 5 and eventual champion Robin Söderling, but eventually lost 7–6, 5–7, 6–7. Had Llodra won, it would have been an all-French final with compatriot Gaël Monfils.

2011[edit]

At the Australian Open, Llodra and Zimonjic lost in the quarterfinals to Bhupathi and Pes 4–6, 4–6. They reached the finals in Rotterdam, but lost to Jürgen Melzer and Petzschner 4–6, 6–3, [5–10]. They reached the semifinals in Dubai, but lost to Jérémy Chardy and Feliciano López 7–6, 6–7, [5–10]. They reached the quarterfinals in Miami, again losing to Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes. In Madrid, the lost the final to the Bryan brothers 3–6, 3–6. In Rome, they reached the quarterfinals, losing to Carlos Berlocq and Jarkko Nieminen.

The team made the semifinals at the French Open and at Wimbledon, losing to Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor in a match featuring two tiebreaks 6–7, 6–7, and to the Bryan brothers in a five-set thriller also with two tiebreaks. They won their first two titles of the year in Washington, D.C. and at the Canadian Open, against Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecău and the Bryan brothers, respectively. They lost in the final in Cincinnati, again against Bhupathi and Paes.

They did not make it past the round of 16 at the US Open, but they took their third title of the year at the China Open again against Lindstedt and Tecau. The lost in the final in Shanghai against Mirnyi and Nestor 6–3, 1–6, [10–12]. They took their fourth title together in Basel, again defeating Mirnyi and Nestor in the final 6–4, 7–5.

They reached the quarterfinals in Bercy and participated in the 2011 ATP World Tour Finals in London, winning their first round-robin match against Rohan Bopanna and Aisam Qureshi.

In singles, Llodra reached the quarterfinals in Marseille, losing to Robin Söderling 1–6, 4–6. He also reached the quarterfinals in Madrid, losing to finalist Rafael Nadal 2–6, 2–6. He lost in the first round at the French Open and in the round of 16 at Wimbledon. In the US Open, he lost in the second round to Kevin Anderson 1–6, 2–6, 2–6.

2012[edit]

At the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris (Bercy), Llodra reached the semifinals, after upsetting tenth and seventh seeds John Isner and Juan Martín del Potro, even though he was the lowest-ranked player in the draw. He also beat American Sam Querrey in the quarterfinals. He faced David Ferrer for a place in the final, but lost.

2013[edit]

At the Dubai Open in Dubai, UAE. Llodra stunned world no. 8 and Australian Open 2008 finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets, but lost to Dmitry Tursunov in the next round. Llodra was also in the men's doubles finals of the French Open 2013 with his partner Nicolas Mahut, but lost to the Bryan brothers in the finals.

Playing style[edit]

Llodra is known for his skilled net play.[3] The Guardian journalist Xan Brooks described Llodra as "one of those talented, maddening French players in the tradition of Henri Leconte, Guy Forget and Fabrice Santoro; at once supremely gifted and curiously brittle" and that he "plays like he's just flown in from the 20th-century. His game is all dinks and slices and sly changes of pace."[4] Two-time French Open finalist Robin Söderling called Llodra's serve "unbelievable" and his volleys the "best on the tour".[5] To aid his touch on volleys, Llodra is one of the few professionals to use all natural gut strings, which give him better feel at the expense of power at the baseline.[3]

Llodra is one of the last remaining serve-and-volleyers in the top ranks of men's professional tennis, a tactic aided by his left-handed serve which allows him to create unusual angles.[3] Llodra has been called the 'best serve and volleyer in the world' by the website Essential Tennis.[6]

Major finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles: 7 (3–4)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2002 Australian Open Hard France Fabrice Santoro The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
6–7(4–7), 3–6
Winner 2003 Australian Open Hard France Fabrice Santoro The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
Winner 2004 Australian Open Hard France Fabrice Santoro United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
7–6(7–4), 6–3
Runner-up 2004 French Open Clay France Fabrice Santoro Belgium Xavier Malisse
Belgium Olivier Rochus
5–7, 5–7
Winner 2007 Wimbledon Grass France Arnaud Clément 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 Arnaud Clément Israel Jonathan Erlich
Israel Andy Ram
5–7, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up 2013 French Open Clay France Nicolas Mahut United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
4-6, 6–4, 6–7(4-7)

Summer Olympics finals[edit]

Doubles: 2 (0–2)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
4th place 2008 Beijing Hard France Arnaud Clément United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–3, 3–6, 4–6
Silver 2012 London Grass France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
4–6, 6–7(2–7)

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 10 (5–5)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (1–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (4–5)
Finals by Surface
Hard (3–4)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (2–1)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. January 5, 2004 Next Generation Adelaide International, Adelaide, Australia Hard Slovakia Dominik Hrbatý 4–6, 0–6
Winner 1. June 14, 2004 Ordina Open, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass Argentina Guillermo Coria 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 2. June 13, 2005 Ordina Open, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass Croatia Mario Ančić 5–7, 4–6
Winner 2. January 5, 2008 Next Generation Adelaide International, Adelaide, Australia Hard Finland Jarkko Nieminen 6–3, 6–4
Winner 3. February 18, 2008 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i) Sweden Robin Söderling 6–7(3–7), 6–3, 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 3. February 16, 2009 Open 13, Marseille, France Hard (i) France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 5–7, 6–7(3–7)
Runner-up 4. November 1, 2009 Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, Lyon, France Hard (i) Croatia Ivan Ljubičić 5–7, 3–6
Winner 4. February 15, 2010 Open 13, Marseille, France Hard (i) France Julien Benneteau 6–3, 6–4
Winner 5. June 19, 2010 AEGON International, Eastbourne, United Kingdom Grass Spain Guillermo García-López 7–5, 6–2
Runner-up 5. February 26, 2012 Open 13, Marseille, France Hard (i) Argentina Juan Martín del Potro 4–6, 4–6

Doubles: 48 (26–22)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam Tournaments (3–4)
ATP World Tour Finals (1–1)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (3–8)
Olympic Silver (0–1)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (6–1)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (13–7)
Finals by Surface
Hard (18–14)
Clay (2–6)
Grass (1–1)
Carpet (5–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. May 1, 2000 Mallorca, Spain Clay Italy Diego Nargiso Spain Alberto Martín
Spain Fernando Vicente
7–6(7–2), 7–6(7–3)
Runner-up 1. January 14, 2002 Melbourne, Australia Hard France Fabrice Santoro The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
6–7(4–7), 3–6
Runner-up 2. July 22, 2002 Los Angeles, United States Hard United States Justin Gimelstob France Sébastien Grosjean
Germany Nicolas Kiefer
4–6, 4–6
Winner 2. January 13, 2003 Melbourne, Australia Hard France Fabrice Santoro The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up 3. April 14, 2003 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay France Fabrice Santoro India Mahesh Bhupathi
Belarus Max Mirnyi
4–6, 6–3, 6–7(6–8)
Runner-up 4. May 5, 2003 Rome, Italy Clay France Fabrice Santoro Australia Wayne Arthurs
Australia Paul Hanley
1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 5. September 29, 2003 Metz, France Hard (i) France Fabrice Santoro France Julien Benneteau
France Nicolas Mahut
6–7(2–7), 3–6
Runner-up 6. October 27, 2003 Paris, France Carpet (i) France Fabrice Santoro Australia Wayne Arthurs
Australia Paul Hanley
3–6, 6–1, 3–6
Runner-up 7. November 8, 2003 Houston, United States Hard France Fabrice Santoro United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
7–6(8–6), 3–6, 6–3, 6–7(3–7), 4–6
Runner-up 8. January 5, 2004 Adelaide, Australia Hard France Arnaud Clément United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
5–7, 3–6
Winner 3. January 19, 2004 Melbourne, Australia Hard France Fabrice Santoro United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
7–6(7–4), 6–3
Runner-up 9. May 24, 2004 Paris, France Clay France Fabrice Santoro Belgium Xavier Malisse
Belgium Olivier Rochus
5–7, 5–7
Winner 4. August 23, 2004 Long Island, United States Hard France Antony Dupuis Switzerland Yves Allegro
Germany Michael Kohlmann
6–2, 6–4
Winner 5. October 25, 2004 Saint Petersburg, Russia Carpet (i) France Arnaud Clément Slovakia Dominik Hrbatý
Czech Republic Jaroslav Levinský
6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 10. January 10, 2005 Sydney, Australia Hard France Arnaud Clément India Mahesh Bhupathi
Australia Todd Woodbridge
3–6, 3–6
Winner 6. May 2, 2005 Rome, Italy Clay France Fabrice Santoro United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 11. May 9, 2005 Hamburg, Germany Clay France Fabrice Santoro Sweden Jonas Björkman
Belarus Max Mirnyi
6–4, 6–7(2–7), 6–7(3–7)
Winner 7. October 3, 2005 Metz, France Hard (i) France Fabrice Santoro Argentina José Acasuso
Argentina Sebastián Prieto
5–2, 3–5, 5–4(6–4)
Winner 8. October 24, 2005 Lyon, France Carpet (i) France Fabrice Santoro South Africa Jeff Coetzee
Netherlands Rogier Wassen
6–3, 6–1
Winner 9. November 13, 2005 Shanghai, China Carpet (i) France Fabrice Santoro India Leander Paes
Serbia and Montenegro Nenad Zimonjić
6–7(6–8), 6–3, 7–6(7–4)
Winner 10. October 30, 2006 Paris, France Carpet (i) France Arnaud Clément France Fabrice Santoro
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
6–4, 6–2
Winner 11. February 12, 2007 Marseille, France Hard (i) France Arnaud Clément The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
7–5, 4–6, [10–8]
Winner 12. June 25, 2007 London, United Kingdom Grass France Arnaud Clément United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 12. September 25, 2007 Bangkok, Thailand Hard (i) France Nicolas Mahut Thailand Sonchat Ratiwatana
Thailand Sanchai Ratiwatana
6–3, 5–7, [7–10]
Winner 13. October 1, 2007 Metz, France Hard (i) France Arnaud Clément Poland Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Poland Marcin Matkowski
6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 13. October 7, 2007 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) France Arnaud Clément Sweden Jonas Björkman
Belarus Max Mirnyi
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 14. January 14, 2008 Melbourne, Australia Hard France Arnaud Clément Israel Jonathan Erlich
Israel Andy Ram
5–7, 6–7(4–7)
Winner 14. March 3, 2008 Las Vegas, United States Hard (i) France Julien Benneteau United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–4, 4–6, [10–8]
Winner 15. September 29, 2008 Metz, France Hard (i) France Arnaud Clément Poland Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Poland Marcin Matkowski
5–7, 6–3, [10–8]
Winner 16. October 20, 2008 Lyon, France Carpet (i) Israel Andy Ram Australia Stephen Huss
United Kingdom Ross Hutchins
6–3, 5–7, [10–8]
Winner 17. February 16, 2009 Marseille, France Hard (i) France Arnaud Clément Austria Julian Knowle
Israel Andy Ram
3–6, 6–3, [10–8]
Runner-up 15. September 21, 2009 Metz, France Hard (i) France Arnaud Clément United Kingdom Colin Fleming
United Kingdom Ken Skupski
6–2, 4–6, [5–10]
Winner 18. February 15, 2010 Marseille, France Hard (i) France Julien Benneteau Austria Julian Knowle
Sweden Robert Lindstedt
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 16. August 9, 2010 Toronto, Canada Hard France Julien Benneteau United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 17. February 13, 2011 Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i) Serbia Nenad Zimonjić Austria Jürgen Melzer
Germany Philipp Petzschner
4–6, 6–3, [5–10]
Runner-up 18. May 8, 2011 Madrid, Spain Clay Serbia Nenad Zimonjić United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
3–6, 3–6
Winner 19. August 7, 2011 Washington, United States Hard Serbia Nenad Zimonjić Sweden Robert Lindstedt
Romania Horia Tecău
6–7(7–9), 7–6(10–8), [10–7]
Winner 20. August 14, 2011 Toronto, Canada Hard Serbia Nenad Zimonjić United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–4, 6–7(5–7), [10–5]
Runner-up 19. August 21, 2011 Cincinnati, United States Hard Serbia Nenad Zimonjić India Mahesh Bhupathi
India Leander Paes
6–7(4–7), 6–7(2–7)
Winner 21. October 9, 2011 Beijing, China Hard Serbia Nenad Zimonjić Sweden Robert Lindstedt
Romania Horia Tecău
7–6(7–2), 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 20. October 16, 2011 Shanghai, China Hard Serbia Nenad Zimonjić Belarus Max Mirnyi
Canada Daniel Nestor
6–3, 1–6, [10–12]
Winner 22. November 6, 2011 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) Serbia Nenad Zimonjić Belarus Max Mirnyi
Canada Daniel Nestor
6–4, 7–5
Winner 23. February 19, 2012 Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i) Serbia Nenad Zimonjić Sweden Robert Lindstedt
Romania Horia Tecău
4–6, 7–5, [16–14]
Runner-up 21. August 4, 2012 Summer Olympics, London, United Kingdom Grass France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
4–6, 6–7(2–7)
Winner 24. February 10, 2013 Montpellier, France Hard (i) France Marc Gicquel Sweden Johan Brunström
South Africa Raven Klaasen
6–3, 3–6, [11–9]
Winner 25. March 2, 2013 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard India Mahesh Bhupathi Sweden Robert Lindstedt
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
7–6(8–6), 7–6(8–6)
Runner-up 22. May 8, 2013 Paris, France Clay France Nicolas Mahut United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
4–6, 6–4, 6–7(3–7)
Winner 26. February 16, 2014 Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i) France Nicolas Mahut Netherlands Jean-Julien Rojer
Romania Horia Tecău
6–2, 7–6(7–4)

Singles Performance Timeline[edit]

Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W-L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 2R A 1R 1R A 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 3R 1R 1R 5–13
French Open 1R 1R 1R 1R 4R 1R 1R 3R 4R 1R 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 10–15
Wimbledon 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R A 2R 1R 2R 2R 4R 1R 2R A 9–13
US Open A A 2R A 4R 1R A 2R 2R 1R 3R 2R 1R 1R 2R 10–11
Win–Loss 2–3 0–2 1–4 1–3 6–3 0–4 0–2 4–4 4–4 1–4 4–4 5–4 3–4 2–4 1–3 34–52
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells A A A A A 3R A 2R 1R 2R 1R 3R 2R 2R A 7–7
Miami A A A 1R A 1R 2R 3R 1R 1R 2R 3R 1R 2R A 6–10
Monte Carlo A A 2R A A 1R 2R Q1 1R A 2R 1R 1R A 2R 4–8
Rome A A A A A 1R A 1R 1R A 2R 1R 1R A A 1–6
Hamburg A A A A A 1R A A 2R Held as Madrid (Clay) 1–2
Madrid (Clay) Held as Hamburg A A QF 1R Q2 Q1 3–2
Canada 1R 1R A 1R 1R A A Q2 1R Q2 3R 2R A 1R Q2 3–8
Cincinnati A A A A 1R A A Q1 1R Q1 1R 2R A A Q1 1–4
Madrid (Hard) A A A A A A A A 1R Held as Shanghai 0–1
Shanghai Held as Madrid (Hard) 1R 1R 1R A A 0–3
Paris 1R 1R A A 1R A 2R A A 1R SF 1R SF 1R 9–9
Win–Loss 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–3 2–5 3–3 3–3 1–8 1–4 9–8 7–9 5–6 2–4 1–1 35–60

Doubles Performance Timeline[edit]

Tournament 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 SR W–L
Grand Slams
Australian Open A A A 1R F W W QF 2R 1R F A 1R QF 3R 1R SF 2 / 13 35–11
French Open A 2R 1R QF 2R 3R F 2R 3R 3R 1R 1R 3R SF QF F 3R 0 / 16 32–16
Wimbledon A A 2R 3R 1R 3R A QF A W A A QF SF 3R 2R SF 1 / 11 28–10
US Open A A 1R 1R 2R SF 2R 1R QF 2R 1R QF 2R 3R 1R 3R 0 / 14 18–13
Win–Loss 0–0 1–1 1–3 5–4 7–4 14–3 12–2 7–4 5–3 9–3 5–3 3–2 6–3 13–4 7–4 8–4 10–3 3 / 54 113–50
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells A A A A 2R 2R A 2R A 2R 2R 2R QF 1R 1R A A 0 / 9 6–9
Miami A A A A 3R 2R A QF 2R SF QF A 1R QF QF 2R SF 0 / 11 17–11
Monte Carlo A A A A 1R F 2R SF 2R 1R 2R A A 1R SF A 2R 0 / 10 10–10
Rome A A A A 2R F QF W A 2R 2R A 2R QF QF A A 1 / 9 12–7
Madrid (Stuttgart) A A A A 1R A A SF A A 2R A A F 2R 1R 2R 0 / 7 5–7
Canada A A 1R A 1R QF SF A A 1R 1R 1R F W A 2R 1R 1 / 11 12–10
Cincinnati A A A A 1R QF QF SF A A A QF 2R F A 1R 2R 0 / 9 9–9
Shanghai Not Held 1R 1R F A A 0 / 3 3–3
Paris A A 2R 1R QF F 1R 1R W SF SF 2R 2R QF 1R 1R 1 / 14 18–13
Hamburg A A A A A A A F 2R A QF NM1 0 / 3 6–3
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–1 6–8 11–7 4–5 15–7 7–3 7–6 9–8 4–5 8–6 17–8 4–6 2–5 3–3 3 / 84 98–80
Year End Ranking 383 271 93 67 28 12 12 9 36 17 18 49 29 5 33 24

Bird incident[edit]

In the 2002 Australian Open Men's Doubles semifinal against Julien Boutter and Arnaud Clément, a small bird (identified as a house martin) flew into the court chasing a moth. It flew into the path of a hard hit volley by Llodra. After an impromptu funeral ceremony led by Boutter, the match continued, with Llodra and Santoro eventually winning 6–3, 3–6, 12–10.[7] Llodra remarked afterwards, "I didn't do it deliberately. But at least I saved the moth."

Racism incident[edit]

After his first round victory over Ernests Gulbis at the 2012 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, during which Llodra was overheard by fans and journalists making racist and sexist comments to a female Gulbis fan, Llodra was fined $2500 by the ATP for his behaviour.[8] He later admitted making the comments in interviews with French media and complained that the fine was too high. Llodra did not make matters better for himself during an interview with a reporter from the Chinese news Web site SINA.com, in which the Frenchman attempted to apologize for his remarks. "My words were not aimed at China," Llodra began. "I love Chinese — I can totally make love with a Chinese girl," he added, before being cut off by the A.T.P. official monitoring the interview. The journalist, who took offense at the remark, said that he did not find Llodra's apology sincere. This was not the first incident in which charges of racism have been leveled at Llodra.[9] He denied his comments were racist during his 2011 French Open first round defeat at the hands of Belgian qualifier Steve Darcis, comparing the atmosphere on court to that of a north African souk while veteran Moroccan umpire Mohammed El Jennati was in the chair.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Celebrations end with a striptease, CNN.com World Sport. Accessed May 19, 2007.
  2. ^ French duo retain title, BBC News Online. Accessed May 19, 2007.
  3. ^ a b c Llodra's Strong Net Play to Match His Sense of Humor The New York Times. Accessed November 20, 2010.
  4. ^ Wimbledon 2010 live blog, The Guardian. Accessed October 6, 2010.
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