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Arnaud Clément (French pronunciation: ​[aʁno klemɑ̃]; born 17 December 1977) is a retired professional tennis player and former 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.

Arnaud Clément
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Country (sports) France
ResidenceGeneva, Switzerland
Born (1977-12-17) 17 December 1977 (age 41)
Aix-en-Provence, France
Height1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Turned pro1996
Retired5 July 2012
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize moneyUS$ 7,125,228
Singles
Career record316–327 (at ATP Tour and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles4
Highest rankingNo. 10 (2 April 2001)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenF (2001)
French Open4R (2003)
WimbledonQF (2008)
US OpenQF (2000)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games2R (2004, 2008)
Doubles
Career record232–195 (at ATP Tour and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles12
Highest rankingNo. 8 (28 January 2008)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenF (2008)
French OpenSF (2001)
WimbledonW (2007)
US OpenQF (2006)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (2001)

Contents

Life and careerEdit

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 Djokovic.

 
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]

Clément is in a relationship with French pop singer Nolwenn Leroy since 2008.[8]

Significant finalsEdit

Grand Slam tournament finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Loss 2001 Australian Open Hard   Andre Agassi 4–6, 2–6, 2–6

Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 2007 Wimbledon Grass   Michaël Llodra   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–4, 6–4
Loss 2008 Australian Open Hard   Michaël Llodra   Jonathan Erlich
  Andy Ram
5–7, 6–7(4–7)

Masters 1000 finalsEdit

Doubles: 2 (2 titles)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 2004 Indian Wells Masters Hard   Sébastien Grosjean   Wayne Black
  Kevin Ullyett
6–3, 4–6, 7–5
Win 2006 Paris Masters Carpet (i)   Michaël Llodra   Fabrice Santoro
  Nenad Zimonjić
7–6(7–4), 6–4

Olympic medal matchesEdit

Doubles: 1 (1 fourth place)Edit

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

ATP career finalsEdit

Singles: 11 (4 titles, 7 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–1)
Tennis Masters Cup /
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP Masters Series /
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP International Series Gold /
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP International Series /
ATP World Tour 250 Series (4–6)
Titles by surface
Hard (3–3)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–3)
Carpet (1–1)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (1–5)
Indoor (3–2)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Feb 1999 Open 13, France International Hard (i)   Fabrice Santoro 3–6, 6–4, 4–6
Win 1–1 Nov 2000 Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, France International Carpet (i)   Pat Rafter 7–6(7–2), 7–6(7–5)
Loss 1–2 Jan 2001 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Grand Slam Hard   Andre Agassi 4–6, 2–6, 2–6
Loss 1–3 Jun 2002 Rosmalen Championships, Netherlands International Grass   Sjeng Schalken 6–3, 3–6, 2–6
Loss 1–4 Jun 2003 Rosmalen Championships, Netherlands International Grass   Sjeng Schalken 3–6, 4–6
Win 2–4 Oct 2003 Open de Moselle, France International Hard (i)   Fernando González 6–3, 1–6, 6–3
Loss 2–5 Oct 2003 Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, France International Carpet (i)   Rainer Schüttler 5–7, 3–6
Win 3–5 Feb 2006 Open 13, France International Hard (i)   Mario Ančić 6–4, 6–2
Win 4–5 Aug 2006 Washington Open, United States International Hard   Andy Murray 7–6(7–3), 6–2
Loss 4–6 Jun 2007 Nottingham Open, United Kingdom International Grass   Ivo Karlović 6–3, 4–6, 4–6
Loss 4–7 Jan 2010 Auckland Open, New Zealand 250 Series Hard   John Isner 3–6, 7–5, 6–7(2–7)

Doubles: 22 (12 titles, 10 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (1–1)
Tennis Masters Cup /
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP Masters Series /
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (2–0)
ATP International Series Gold /
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP International Series /
ATP World Tour 250 Series (7–9)
Titles by surface
Hard (7–7)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (1–1)
Carpet (3–2)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (3–4)
Indoor (9–6)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Apr 2000 Grand Prix Hassan II, Morocco International Clay   Sébastien Grosjean   Lars Burgsmüller
  Andrew Painter
7–6(7–4), 6–4
Loss 1–1 Oct 2001 Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, France International Carpet (i)   Sébastien Grosjean   Daniel Nestor
  Nenad Zimonjić
1–6, 2–6
Win 2–1 Feb 2002 Open 13, France International Hard (i)   Nicolas Escudé   Julien Boutter
  Max Mirnyi
6–4, 6–3
Loss 2–2 Jan 2004 Adelaide International, Australia International Hard   Michaël Llodra   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
5–7, 3–6
Win 3–2 Mar 2004 Indian Wells Masters, United States Masters Hard   Sébastien Grosjean   Wayne Black
  Kevin Ullyett
6–3, 4–6, 7–5
Win 4–2 Oct 2004 Open de Moselle, France International Hard (i)   Nicolas Mahut   Ivan Ljubičić
  Uros Vico
6–2, 7–6(10–8)
Win 5–2 Oct 2004 St. Petersburg Open, Russia International Carpet (i)   Michaël Llodra   Dominik Hrbatý
  Jaroslav Levinský
6–3, 6–2
Loss 5–3 Jan 2005 Sydney International, Australia International Hard   Michaël Llodra   Mahesh Bhupathi
  Todd Woodbridge
3–6, 3–6
Loss 5–4 Feb 2005 Milan Indoor, Italy International Carpet (i)   Jean-François Bachelot   Daniele Bracciali
  Giorgio Galimberti
6–7(8–10), 7–6(8–6), 6–4
Loss 5–5 Jun 2006 Rosmalen Championships, Netherlands International Grass   Chris Haggard   Martin Damm
  Leander Paes
1–6, 6–7(3–7)
Win 6–5 Oct 2006 Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, France International Carpet (i)   Julien Benneteau   František Čermák
  Jaroslav Levinský
6–2, 6–7(3–7), [10–7]
Loss 6–6 Oct 2007 Stockholm Open, Sweden International Hard (i)   Michaël Llodra   Jonas Björkman
  Max Mirnyi
4–6, 4–6
Win 7–6 Nov 2006 Paris Masters, France Masters Carpet (i)   Michaël Llodra   Fabrice Santoro
  Nenad Zimonjić
7–6(7–4), 6–2
Win 8–6 Feb 2007 Open 13, France (2) International Hard (i)   Michaël Llodra   Mark Knowles
  Daniel Nestor
7–5, 4–6, [10–8]
Win 9–6 Jul 2007 Wimbledon, United Kingdom Grand Slam Grass   Michaël Llodra   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–4, 6–4
Win 10–6 Oct 2007 Open de Moselle, France (2) International Hard (i)   Michaël Llodra   Mariusz Fyrstenberg
  Marcin Matkowski
6–1, 6–4
Loss 10–7 Jul 2007 Australian Open, Australia Grand Slam Hard   Michaël Llodra   Jonathan Erlich
  Andy Ram
5–7, 6–7(4–7)
Win 11–7 Oct 2008 Open de Moselle, France (3) International Hard (i)   Michaël Llodra   Mariusz Fyrstenberg
  Marcin Matkowski
5–7, 6–3, [10–8]
Win 12–7 Feb 2009 Open 13, France (3) 250 Series Hard (i)   Michaël Llodra   Julian Knowle
  Andy Ram
3–6, 6–3, [10–8]
Loss 12–8 Sep 2009 Open de Moselle, France 250 Series Hard (i)   Michaël Llodra   Colin Fleming
  Ken Skupski
6–2, 4–6, [5–10]
Loss 12–9 Oct 2009 Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, France 250 Series Hard (i)   Sébastien Grosjean   Julien Benneteau
  Nicolas Mahut
4–6, 6–7(6–8)
Loss 12–10 Feb 2010 Zagreb Indoors, Croatia 250 Series Hard (i)   Olivier Rochus   Jürgen Melzer
  Philipp Petzschner
6–3, 3–6, [8–10]

Performance timelinesEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

SinglesEdit

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 78 152 295

DoublesEdit

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

Top 10 winsEdit

Season 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Total
Wins 2 0 0 4 2 5 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 17
# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
1997
1.   Sergi Bruguera 7 Vienna, Austria Carpet (i) 1R 6–2, 7–6(8–6)
2.   Patrick Rafter 3 Lyon, France Carpet (i) 1R 6–3, 7–6(7–5)
2000
3.   Nicolás Lapentti 7 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard 2R 3–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–2, 4–1, ret.
4.   Yevgeny Kafelnikov 5 Cincinnati, United States Hard 3R 6–4, 6–1
5.   Andre Agassi 1 US Open, New York, United States Hard 2R 6–3, 6–2, 6–4
6.   Andre Agassi 7 Lyon, France Carpet (i) SF 6–3, ret.
2001
7.   Yevgeny Kafelnikov 5 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard QF 6–4, 5–7, 7–6(7–3), 7–6(7–3)
8.   Yevgeny Kafelnikov 7 World Team Cup, Düsseldorf, Germany Clay RR 6–3, 6–0
2002
9.   Thomas Johansson 9 Rotterdam, Netherlands Hard (i) 2R 6–2, 6–3
10.   Thomas Johansson 8 Rome, Italy Clay 1R 6–4, 6–4
11.   Thomas Johansson 9 French Open, Paris, France Clay 2R 7–6(7–4), 6–1, 6–3
12.   Sébastien Grosjean 10 US Open, New York, United States Hard 2R 6–3, 3–6, 4–6, 6–2, 6–4
13.   Sébastien Grosjean 8 Lyon, France Carpet (i) QF 6–3, 7–6(7–3)
2003
14.   Carlos Moyá 4 Montreal, Canada Hard 1R 7–6(7–4), 4–6, 6–3
2006
15.   Rafael Nadal 2 Marseille, France Hard (i) SF 2–6, 6–3, 7–5
2007
16.   Novak Djokovic 4 Queen's Club, London, United Kingdom Grass 3R 2–6, 6–3, 6–4
2009
17.   Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 8 Lyon, France Hard (i) QF 5–7, 6–4, 7–6(10–8)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Santoro, Clement make history with six-hour match at French Open
  2. ^ Arnaud Clement Defeats Mario Ancic in Marseille
  3. ^ Arnaud Clement beats odds to win Legg Mason Classic
  4. ^ Clement, Llodra stun Bryan brothers in Wimbledon doubles final
  5. ^ Mark Barden (3 July 2008). "Schuettler win sets up Nadal semi". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 7 December 2008. Retrieved 16 November 2008.
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in French) "Love story : Nolwenn Leroy et Arnaud Clément". Marie Claire. 19 July 2017. Retrieved 7 September 2017.

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