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Michaël Llodra

Michaël Llodra
File:Michael Llodra US Open 2010 one.jpg
Country 23x15px France
Residence Rueil-Malmaison, France
Born (1980-05-18) May 18, 1980 (age 35)
Paris, France
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Turned pro 1999
Retired 2014
Plays Left-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $8,533,350
Singles
Career record 187-221
Career titles 5
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)
Wimbledon 4R (2011)
US Open 4R (2004)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 2R (2008)
Doubles
Career record 387-224
Career titles 26
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)
Wimbledon W (2007)
US Open SF (2003)
Other doubles tournaments
Tour Finals W (2005)
Olympic Games 20px Silver Medal (2012)
Last updated on: 20 November 2014.
Michaël Llodra
Medal record
Competitor for 23x15px France
Olympic Games
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.

Life and career

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

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

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

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.[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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

2014

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.

Playing style

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

Grand Slam finals

Doubles: 7 (3–4)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Runner-up 2002 Australian Open Hard 23x15px Fabrice Santoro 23x15px Mark Knowles
23x15px Daniel Nestor
6–7(4–7), 3–6
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
7–6(7–4), 6–3
Runner-up 2004 French Open Clay 23x15px Fabrice Santoro 23x15px Xavier Malisse
23x15px Olivier Rochus
5–7, 5–7
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
5–7, 6–7(4–7)
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)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
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
4–6, 6–7(2–7)

ATP career finals

Singles: 10 (5–5)

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 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)

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 23x15px Diego Nargiso 23x15px Alberto Martín
23x15px Fernando Vicente
7–6(7–2), 7–6(7–3)
Runner-up 1. January 14, 2002 Melbourne, Australia Hard 23x15px Fabrice Santoro 23x15px Mark Knowles
23x15px Daniel Nestor
6–7(4–7), 3–6
Runner-up 2. July 22, 2002 Los Angeles, United States Hard 23x15px Justin Gimelstob 23x15px Sébastien Grosjean
23x15px Nicolas Kiefer
4–6, 4–6
Winner 2. January 13, 2003 Melbourne, Australia Hard 23x15px Fabrice Santoro 23x15px Mark Knowles
23x15px Daniel Nestor
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up 3. April 14, 2003 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay 23x15px Fabrice Santoro Template:Country data IND Mahesh Bhupathi
23x15px Max Mirnyi
4–6, 6–3, 6–7(6–8)
Runner-up 4. May 5, 2003 Rome, Italy Clay 23x15px Fabrice Santoro 23x15px Wayne Arthurs
23x15px Paul Hanley
1–6, 3–6
Runner-up 5. September 29, 2003 Metz, France Hard (i) 23x15px Fabrice Santoro 23x15px Julien Benneteau
23x15px Nicolas Mahut
6–7(2–7), 3–6
Runner-up 6. October 27, 2003 Paris, France Carpet (i) 23x15px Fabrice Santoro 23x15px Wayne Arthurs
23x15px Paul Hanley
3–6, 6–1, 3–6
Runner-up 7. November 8, 2003 Houston, United States Hard 23x15px Fabrice Santoro 23x15px Bob Bryan
23x15px 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 23x15px Arnaud Clément 23x15px Bob Bryan
23x15px Mike Bryan
5–7, 3–6
Winner 3. January 19, 2004 Melbourne, Australia Hard 23x15px Fabrice Santoro 23x15px Bob Bryan
23x15px Mike Bryan
7–6(7–4), 6–3
Runner-up 9. May 24, 2004 Paris, France Clay 23x15px Fabrice Santoro 23x15px Xavier Malisse
23x15px Olivier Rochus
5–7, 5–7
Winner 4. August 23, 2004 Long Island, United States Hard 23x15px Antony Dupuis 23x16px Yves Allegro
23x15px Michael Kohlmann
6–2, 6–4
Winner 5. October 25, 2004 Saint Petersburg, Russia Carpet (i) 23x15px Arnaud Clément 23x15px Dominik Hrbatý
23x15px Jaroslav Levinský
6–3, 6–2
Runner-up 10. January 10, 2005 Sydney, Australia Hard 23x15px Arnaud Clément Template:Country data IND Mahesh Bhupathi
23x15px Todd Woodbridge
3–6, 3–6
Winner 6. May 2, 2005 Rome, Italy Clay 23x15px Fabrice Santoro 23x15px Bob Bryan
23x15px Mike Bryan
6–4, 6–2
Runner-up 11. May 9, 2005 Hamburg, Germany Clay 23x15px Fabrice Santoro 23x15px Jonas Björkman
23x15px Max Mirnyi
6–4, 6–7(2–7), 6–7(3–7)
Winner 7. October 3, 2005 Metz, France Hard (i) 23x15px Fabrice Santoro 23x15px José Acasuso
23x15px Sebastián Prieto
5–2, 3–5, 5–4(6–4)
Winner 8. October 24, 2005 Lyon, France Carpet (i) 23x15px Fabrice Santoro 23x15px Jeff Coetzee
23x15px Rogier Wassen
6–3, 6–1
Winner 9. November 13, 2005 Shanghai, China Carpet (i) 23x15px Fabrice Santoro Template:Country data IND Leander Paes
23x15px Nenad Zimonjić
6–7(6–8), 6–3, 7–6(7–4)
Winner 10. October 30, 2006 Paris, France Carpet (i) 23x15px Arnaud Clément 23x15px Fabrice Santoro
23x15px Nenad Zimonjić
6–4, 6–2
Winner 11. February 12, 2007 Marseille, France Hard (i) 23x15px Arnaud Clément 23x15px Mark Knowles
23x15px Daniel Nestor
7–5, 4–6, [10–8]
Winner 12. June 25, 2007 London, United Kingdom Grass 23x15px Arnaud Clément 23x15px Bob Bryan
23x15px Mike Bryan
6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 12. September 25, 2007 Bangkok, Thailand Hard (i) 23x15px Nicolas Mahut 23x15px Sonchat Ratiwatana
23x15px Sanchai Ratiwatana
6–3, 5–7, [7–10]
Winner 13. October 1, 2007 Metz, France Hard (i) 23x15px Arnaud Clément 23x15px Mariusz Fyrstenberg
23x15px Marcin Matkowski
6–1, 6–4
Runner-up 13. October 7, 2007 Stockholm, Sweden Hard (i) 23x15px Arnaud Clément 23x15px Jonas Björkman
23x15px Max Mirnyi
4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 14. January 14, 2008 Melbourne, Australia Hard 23x15px Arnaud Clément Template:Country data ISR Jonathan Erlich
Template:Country data ISR Andy Ram
5–7, 6–7(4–7)
Winner 14. March 3, 2008 Las Vegas, United States Hard (i) 23x15px Julien Benneteau 23x15px Bob Bryan
23x15px Mike Bryan
6–4, 4–6, [10–8]
Winner 15. September 29, 2008 Metz, France Hard (i) 23x15px Arnaud Clément 23x15px Mariusz Fyrstenberg
23x15px Marcin Matkowski
5–7, 6–3, [10–8]
Winner 16. October 20, 2008 Lyon, France Carpet (i) Template:Country data ISR Andy Ram 23x15px Stephen Huss
23x15px Ross Hutchins
6–3, 5–7, [10–8]
Winner 17. February 16, 2009 Marseille, France Hard (i) 23x15px Arnaud Clément 23x15px Julian Knowle
Template:Country data ISR Andy Ram
3–6, 6–3, [10–8]
Runner-up 15. September 21, 2009 Metz, France Hard (i) 23x15px Arnaud Clément 23x15px Colin Fleming
23x15px Ken Skupski
6–2, 4–6, [5–10]
Winner 18. February 15, 2010 Marseille, France Hard (i) 23x15px Julien Benneteau 23x15px Julian Knowle
23x15px Robert Lindstedt
6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 16. August 9, 2010 Toronto, Canada Hard 23x15px Julien Benneteau 23x15px Bob Bryan
23x15px Mike Bryan
5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 17. February 13, 2011 Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i) 23x15px Nenad Zimonjić 23x15px Jürgen Melzer
23x15px Philipp Petzschner
4–6, 6–3, [5–10]
Runner-up 18. May 8, 2011 Madrid, Spain Clay 23x15px Nenad Zimonjić 23x15px Bob Bryan
23x15px Mike Bryan
3–6, 3–6
Winner 19. August 7, 2011 Washington, United States Hard 23x15px Nenad Zimonjić 23x15px Robert Lindstedt
23x15px Horia Tecău
6–7(7–9), 7–6(10–8), [10–7]
Winner 20. August 14, 2011 Toronto, Canada Hard 23x15px Nenad Zimonjić 23x15px Bob Bryan
23x15px Mike Bryan
6–4, 6–7(5–7), [10–5]
Runner-up 19. August 21, 2011 Cincinnati, United States Hard 23x15px Nenad Zimonjić Template:Country data IND Mahesh Bhupathi
Template:Country data IND Leander Paes
6–7(4–7), 6–7(2–7)
Winner 21. October 9, 2011 Beijing, China Hard 23x15px Nenad Zimonjić 23x15px Robert Lindstedt
23x15px Horia Tecău
7–6(7–2), 7–6(7–4)
Runner-up 20. October 16, 2011 Shanghai, China Hard 23x15px Nenad Zimonjić 23x15px Max Mirnyi
23x15px Daniel Nestor
6–3, 1–6, [10–12]
Winner 22. November 6, 2011 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) 23x15px Nenad Zimonjić 23x15px Max Mirnyi
23x15px Daniel Nestor
6–4, 7–5
Winner 23. February 19, 2012 Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i) 23x15px Nenad Zimonjić 23x15px Robert Lindstedt
23x15px Horia Tecău
4–6, 7–5, [16–14]
Runner-up 21. August 4, 2012 Summer Olympics, London, United Kingdom Grass 23x15px Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 23x15px Bob Bryan
23x15px Mike Bryan
4–6, 6–7(2–7)
Winner 24. February 10, 2013 Montpellier, France Hard (i) 23x15px Marc Gicquel 23x15px Johan Brunström
23x15px Raven Klaasen
6–3, 3–6, [11–9]
Winner 25. March 2, 2013 Dubai, United Arab Emirates Hard Template:Country data IND Mahesh Bhupathi 23x15px Robert Lindstedt
23x15px Nenad Zimonjić
7–6(8–6), 7–6(8–6)
Runner-up 22. May 8, 2013 Paris, France Clay 23x15px Nicolas Mahut 23x15px Bob Bryan
23x15px Mike Bryan
4–6, 6–4, 6–7(3–7)
Winner 26. February 16, 2014 Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i) 23x15px Nicolas Mahut 23x15px Jean-Julien Rojer
23x15px Horia Tecău
6–2, 7–6(7–4)

Singles Performance Timeline

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 A 0–3
Paris 1R 1R A A 1R A 2R A A 1R SF 1R SF 1R A 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

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 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

Bird incident

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

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

  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.
  5. ^ Robin Soderling halts Michael Llodra's run in Paris Masters, The Guardian. Accessed November 20, 2010.
  6. ^ Best Serve and Volleyer in the World, Essential Tennis. Accessed October 6, 2010.
  7. ^ "Llodra gets the bird". BBC News. January 24, 2002. 
  8. ^ "After racial taunt, Michael Llodra pays a price beyond money".
  9. ^ "Michael Llodra racism incident". 
  10. ^ "Llodra denies making racist remark".

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