|File:Michael Llodra US Open 2010 one.jpg|
May 18, 1980|
|Height||Script error: No such module "convert".|
|Plays||Left-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 21 (9 May 2011)|
|Current ranking||No. 262 (17 November 2014)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2012)|
|French Open||4R (2004, 2008)|
|US Open||4R (2004)|
|Olympic Games||2R (2008)|
|Highest ranking||No. 3 (14 November 2011)|
|Current ranking||No. 26 (17 November 2014)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||W (2003, 2004)|
|French Open||F (2004, 2013)|
|US Open||SF (2003)|
|Other doubles tournaments|
|Tour Finals||W (2005)|
|Olympic Games||20px Silver Medal (2012)|
|Last updated on: 20 November 2014.|
|Competitor for 23x15px France|
|Silver medal – second place||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.
- 1 Life and career
- 2 Playing style
- 3 Major finals
- 4 ATP career finals
- 5 Singles Performance Timeline
- 6 Doubles Performance Timeline
- 7 Bird incident
- 8 Racism incident
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Life and career
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.
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.
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.
Upon 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. Dressed in a pair of white briefs only, Llodra threw his clothes into the crowd, to the cheers of many onlookers.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
At the Australian Open, Llodra and Zimonjic lost in the quarterfinals to Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes 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.
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.
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.
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 final.
In 2014 Llodra played fewer tournaments and had less success in singles with respect to the previous years. He suffered first round losses at the 2014 Australian Open and 2014 French Open, and skipped Wimbledon. He did however manage to get a win at the 2014 US Open, defeating Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-4, 6-3, 7-5.
Llodra is known for his skilled net play. 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." Two-time French Open finalist Robin Söderling called Llodra's serve "unbelievable" and his volleys the "best on the tour". 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.
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. Llodra has been called the 'best serve and volleyer in the world' by the website Essential Tennis.
Grand Slam finals
Doubles: 7 (3–4)
|Runner-up||2002||Australian Open||Hard||23x15px Fabrice Santoro||23x15px Mark Knowles
23x15px Daniel Nestor
|Winner||2003||Australian Open||Hard||23x15px Fabrice Santoro||23x15px Mark Knowles
23x15px Daniel Nestor
|6–4, 3–6, 6–3|
|Winner||2004||Australian Open||Hard||23x15px Fabrice Santoro||23x15px Bob Bryan
23x15px Mike Bryan
|Runner-up||2004||French Open||Clay||23x15px Fabrice Santoro||23x15px Xavier Malisse
23x15px Olivier Rochus
|Winner||2007||Wimbledon||Grass||23x15px Arnaud Clément||23x15px Bob Bryan
23x15px Mike Bryan
|6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–4, 6–4|
|Runner-up||2008||Australian Open||Hard||23x15px Arnaud Clément||Template:Country data ISR Jonathan Erlich
Template:Country data ISR Andy Ram
|Runner-up||2013||French Open||Clay||23x15px Nicolas Mahut||23x15px Bob Bryan
23x15px Mike Bryan
|4-6, 6–4, 6–7(4-7)|
Summer Olympics finals
Doubles: 2 (0–2)
|4th place||2008||Beijing||Hard||23x15px Arnaud Clément||23x15px Bob Bryan
23x15px Mike Bryan
|6–3, 3–6, 4–6|
|Silver||2012||London||Grass||23x15px Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||23x15px Bob Bryan
23x15px Mike Bryan
ATP career finals
Singles: 10 (5–5)
|Runner-up||1.||January 5, 2004||Next Generation Adelaide International, Adelaide, Australia||Hard||23x15px Dominik Hrbatý||4–6, 0–6|
|Winner||1.||June 14, 2004||Ordina Open, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands||Grass||23x15px Guillermo Coria||6–3, 6–4|
|Runner-up||2.||June 13, 2005||Ordina Open, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands||Grass||23x15px Mario Ančić||5–7, 4–6|
|Winner||2.||January 5, 2008||Next Generation Adelaide International, Adelaide, Australia||Hard||23x15px Jarkko Nieminen||6–3, 6–4|
|Winner||3.||February 18, 2008||ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, Rotterdam, Netherlands||Hard (i)||23x15px Robin Söderling||6–7(3–7), 6–3, 7–6(7–4)|
|Runner-up||3.||February 16, 2009||Open 13, Marseille, France||Hard (i)||23x15px 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)||23x15px Ivan Ljubičić||5–7, 3–6|
|Winner||4.||February 15, 2010||Open 13, Marseille, France||Hard (i)||23x15px Julien Benneteau||6–3, 6–4|
|Winner||5.||June 19, 2010||AEGON International, Eastbourne, United Kingdom||Grass||23x15px Guillermo García-López||7–5, 6–2|
|Runner-up||5.||February 26, 2012||Open 13, Marseille, France||Hard (i)||23x15px Juan Martín del Potro||4–6, 4–6|
Doubles: 48 (26–22)
Singles Performance Timeline
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|ATP World Tour Masters 1000|
|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|
|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||A||0–3|
Doubles Performance Timeline
|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||2R||0 / 15||19–13|
|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||11–3||3 / 55||114–51|
|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||A||0 / 3||3–3|
|Paris||A||A||2R||1R||QF||F||1R||1R||W||SF||SF||2R||2R||QF||1R||1R||A||1 / 14||18–13|
|Hamburg||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||F||2R||A||QF||NM1||0 / 3||6–3|
|Year End Ranking||383||271||93||67||28||12||12||9||36||17||18||49||29||5||33||24||26|
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. Llodra remarked afterwards, "I didn't do it deliberately. But at least I saved the moth."
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. 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. 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.
- Celebrations end with a striptease, CNN.com World Sport. Accessed May 19, 2007.
- French duo retain title, BBC News Online. Accessed May 19, 2007.
- Llodra's Strong Net Play to Match His Sense of Humor The New York Times. Accessed November 20, 2010.
- Wimbledon 2010 live blog, The Guardian. Accessed October 6, 2010.
- Robin Soderling halts Michael Llodra's run in Paris Masters, The Guardian. Accessed November 20, 2010.
- Best Serve and Volleyer in the World, Essential Tennis. Accessed October 6, 2010.
- "Llodra gets the bird". BBC News. January 24, 2002.
- "After racial taunt, Michael Llodra pays a price beyond money".
- "Michael Llodra racism incident".
- "Llodra denies making racist remark".
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