Michael Llodra life and biography

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Michael Llodra biography

Date of birth : 1980-05-18
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Paris, France
Nationality : French
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2011-05-31
Credited as : Professional Tennis player, ATP tour, Grand Slam

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Michaël Llodra is a French professional tennis player. He became a Grand Slam doubles champion when he won the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

CAREER:

Singles Titles:
2010: Eastbourne, Marseille
2008: Rotterdam, Adelaide
2004: 's-Hertogenbosch

Doubles Titles:
2010: Marseille
2009: Marseille
2008: Lyon, Metz, Las Vegas
2007: Metz, Wimbledon, Marseille
2006: Paris
2005: ATP Championships, Lyon, Metz, Rome
2004: St. Petersburg, Long Island, Australian Open
2003: Australian Open
2000: Mallorca

2010

Michael started off the season with opening round losses in Brisbane and Sydney; both Australian Open series tournaments. He made the 2nd round at the 2010 Australian Open, losing to Juan Mónaco 6-3, 6-3, 6-7(5), 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; no.7 seed Marcos Baghdatis (in the 2nd round) and top seed Robin Söderling (in the quarters). In the final, he went on to crush Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-4 in their first ever 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 sets win over seventh seed Tomáš Berdych) before retiring against Tommy Robredo.

At the 2010 US Open, Llodra upset Wimbledon finalist Tomáš Berdych in the 1st round.

At the BNP Paribas Masters tournament in his town of birth, Paris-Bercy, he played his best tennis in a ATP Masters 1000 tournament where he defeated no.2 seed Novak Djokovic and then no. 11 seed Nikolay Davydenko in the quarterfinals. Unfortunately, Llodra was unable to convert any of his three match points in his semifinal match against eventual champion Robin Soderling and lost a 7-6(0), 5-7, 6-7(6) heartbreaker.

PERSONAL:

Began playing tennis at age six
Father Michel was a professional footballer who played four years with top French team Paris Saint-Germain
Mother, Sylvaine
Has one older brother Yann
Favorite soccer team is Paris Saint-Germain, favorite player is countryman David Ginola
At age 13 or 14, practiced with George Deniau, coach of Forget and Hlasek, who taught him to serve and volley
Grass is favorite surface
Doubles finalist at Wimbledon juniors in 1998 (w/Ram) and 1997 US Open juniors (w/Lisnard)
Wife, Camille (married Sept. 9, 2003); daughter, Manon (born Mar. 23, 2004); son, Teo (born Sept. 5, 2007)
Owns an 11-7 Davis Cup record (10-4 in doubles) in 14 ties since 2002
Fitness trainer is Yann Blin and coached by countryman Olivier Malcor.

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