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Arnaud Clement retires from tennis

Fat Camel
06-18-2012, 10:21 PM
http://www.interactive-one.fr/sport/arnaud-clement/arnaud-clement-met-fin-a-sa-carriere-joueur-tennis/
He says that definitely was the last match of his single career. His main goal is to become Davis Cup captain now. He looks at this decision like the beginning of the new career, without regrets! Confirmation on his official facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/arnaudclementofficiel

And he is right, this little french soldier had an amazing career with AO final, QF at Wimbledon, USOpen, Davis cup win, in doubles he won Wimbledon and had 4th place in the Olympics. We lost a great player with very interesting all-court game, nice volley skills despite his height, big charisma, unique style with glasses and bandanat-shirt colour changing every set. Also he is a very nice person off-court, everybody has a big respect for this guy, he can definitely be the captain of Davis Cup team. Yes, he had these ballboy moments, but it's not what should be the most memorable about him. Arnaud was a great fighter, never gave up, pity that he lost a lot of epics (like RG vs Santoro or Wimby QF vs Schuettler).

Thank you for everything, Arnaud! You will be missed :worship: And good luck in the future! :wavey:

By the way Arnaud and Llodra play together his last Wimbledon, so maybe a fairytale :)

Mark Lenders
06-18-2012, 10:24 PM
Shame. He was an interesting player and had a pretty good career. Definitely a loss for the tour and tennis fans.

Filo V.
06-18-2012, 10:25 PM
Oh my gosh, I actually almost cried when I looked at the thread title :sad:

But I'm happy to see Arno is gracefully retiring from pro tennis and is at ease with the decision. I'd love it if he were DC captain, the Frenchies have such a great rapport with him, I think they would respond well to his message and be very motivated to play for him.

Fat Camel
06-18-2012, 10:34 PM
Oh my gosh, I actually almost cried when I looked at the thread title :sad:

But I'm happy to see Arno is gracefully retiring from pro tennis and is at ease with the decision. I'd love it if he were DC captain, the Frenchies have such a great rapport with him, I think they would respond well to his message and be very motivated to play for him.

His main opponent is Pioline now.
Maybe Escude.

RIboy
06-18-2012, 10:38 PM
will be huge party at the ATP ball boys headquarters....

Hian-GOAT
06-18-2012, 10:39 PM
http://img.reversegif.com/4120_o.gif

Orange Wombat
06-18-2012, 10:39 PM
:hug::tears::crying2: Bye Arnaud, have a good career after tennis.

He was such an interesting guy

Sonja1989
06-18-2012, 10:40 PM
I'm almost in tears too, he was a very entertaining player to watch, I won't forget he caused lot of nice moments. He had a nice career and he must be proud.

Best of luck in life after tennis! :hug:


Oh.. Fat Camel :hug:

rocketassist
06-18-2012, 10:41 PM
Complete arsehole to the ballkids but his game was naturally very entertaining and spectacular when on form.

The GS final in Melbourne 2000 will be remembered as his finest hour although I wish it had been Seb's :sad:

That all-French clash is a standout memory of him, as was his Wimbledon QF with Schuettler and that six hour RG battle with Santoro that he lost 16-14. Won Marseille too beating Nadal.

Filo V.
06-18-2012, 10:41 PM
They're sort of similar guys, both are pretty spunky but also chill, Arno and Pioline. I'd definitely pick one of those two over Escude to coach France.

A lot of people know Arno from his ball abuse situations but he's actually shy off court.

Blue Heart24
06-18-2012, 10:43 PM
Farewell Arnaud,hope he goes far in doubles in his last tournament as a player.

Fat Camel
06-18-2012, 10:43 PM
I'm almost in tears too, he was a very entertaining player to watch, I won't forget he caused lot of nice moments. He had a nice career and he must be proud.

Best of luck in life after tennis! :hug:


Oh.. Fat Camel :hug:

Thank you :hug:
It will be really difficult to write an exam tomorrow..

Pajero de Nadal
06-18-2012, 10:46 PM
that is a real bummer since he was a real piçalho murcho

Matt01
06-18-2012, 11:26 PM
All the best, Arnaud :hug:

SVK
06-18-2012, 11:39 PM
Not a good news for my little sis, she was in love with him...It was expected actually, he was thinking about retirement already some time ago, I think last year´s Frech Open was supposed to be his last(?), but he continued...have a good post-tennis life Arnaud.

Burrow
06-18-2012, 11:59 PM
FPNuOVSC3ns

Looner
06-19-2012, 12:10 AM
I remember when I first started watching tennis properly in 2002/2003 and they were tipping him to retire then :haha:. The guy has been on tour for ages and he's an example of how to make the most of your tennis talents.

stewietennis
06-19-2012, 12:22 AM
The thing I remember about him most is the 2001 AO Semi Finals vs Sebastian Grosjean. The Australian crowd trying to get into a match where two, relatively unknown, french guys were in the semis of a major. It was a strange atmosphere.

BroTree123
06-19-2012, 12:48 AM
Decent career overall. Best of luck to him in his post-tennis life :)

Topspindoctor
06-19-2012, 01:23 AM
He's had a decent career for a 172cm guy.

Lee
06-19-2012, 02:18 AM
Good bye to colorful bandanas and cool sunglasses :awww:

But yes the ball kids will have a big sigh of relief :lol:

hdfb
06-19-2012, 05:06 AM
The thing I remember about him most is the 2001 AO Semi Finals vs Sebastian Grosjean. The Australian crowd trying to get into a match where two, relatively unknown, french guys were in the semis of a major. It was a strange atmosphere.

That was an insane match. Wow. Definitely one I remember growing up as a kid. Grosjean had 2-0 sets lead too IIRC

Hypnotize
06-19-2012, 07:01 AM
Class act who was always entertaining to watch and one of the nicest guys on tour. The game is going to miss him. :worship:

SelvenluvJo
06-19-2012, 07:35 AM
Good luck nono.

duong
06-19-2012, 09:46 AM
I'm surprised by the news but it's also in "l'Equipe", main sports newspaper in France.

I'm surprised by a so sudden decision but his carreer was a great one, great contribution to the tennis tour, esp. in France. Had every part of a complete player, I guess, including what he did in doubles, his mental part ... looks like a model for other players.

Always looked very nice on French TV.

Would definitely look better for Davis cup team than Pioline, as Clement has the sense of the "collective" while Pioline was a solitary guy.

I'm also surprised you say that Pioline is now his opponent as I thought it was Grosjean. Pioline looks more like the "Federation guy" who will be harsher with players.

About that Australian open semifinal personally I was sorry that Grosjean didn't win it : the mental part gave Clément the final advantage but it would have been great that Grosjean had a slam final. They were good friends, esp. in that time, and Grosjean seemed to lack the killer instinct in that match whereas Clément has always been a born fighter, he was very impressive for that.

tennishero
06-19-2012, 09:52 AM
FPNuOVSC3ns

i remember this advert on TV, never realised it was clement though

outrider
06-19-2012, 10:05 AM
Would be nice to see him playing Doubles in the future.

A shame that he lost to a mug like De Schepper in his last match but Arnaud is a legend and will be a legend forever.

Wish him the best.:wavey:

Kezzi
06-19-2012, 11:06 AM
Au revoir Arnaud! I will miss you! :sad:
I remember how my sis used to annoy the hell out of me when she first became a fan, but a few years later I couldn't resist anymore. Arnaud was just too likable. :)

Hian-GOAT
06-19-2012, 11:21 AM
Class act who was always entertaining to watch and one of the nicest guys on tour. The game is going to miss him. :worship:

http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q118/cw2oo7/gifs/Untitled-103.gif

samanosuke
06-19-2012, 12:01 PM
ball kids have to be delighted with this decision. one of the finest dickheads

Burrow
06-19-2012, 05:31 PM
i remember this advert on TV, never realised it was clement though

You probably watched it during Roland Garros on Eurosport sometime between 2004 and 2008. I don't normally like adverts but there's something unique about the Eurosport selection.

The matches I will remember the most of Clement are two he lost at Roland Garros, in 2002 against Corretja and in 2004 against Santoro. Both of which he was 2 sets down and came back to lose in 5. He lost a lot of 5 setters in Paris.

Maybe he'll do well in the doubles at Wimbledon. He carried Llodra through a lot of rough patches in that crucial match.

nole_no1
06-19-2012, 05:46 PM
Arnaud :hatoff: Good luck in your future

AliceMariaRenka
06-19-2012, 07:50 PM
He is gorgeous and not just a 7 foot freaky baseline ball basher type. I hope all the very best for him.

SapELee
06-19-2012, 08:24 PM
Best of luck.

SheepleBuster
06-19-2012, 09:45 PM
Good. Now if he could give some of his brain to Gasquet

Geo
06-19-2012, 09:58 PM
it's definitely time :shrug: It's hard for him to even get into main draws these days. It did bother me how awful he could be to the innocent ballkids. That was uncalled for. He did provide some entertaining matches during his career though and made the most of his talent.

LeChuck
06-20-2012, 12:05 AM
Clément was a very talented and wily shotmaker who was great to watch when he was on in form. He was able to take the ball very early like Agassi.

To be honest there were many times when I thought he was an asshole for his treatment of ballboys, but now is not the time to go into great detail on that.

That 2001 Aussie Open SF when he saved 2 match points to beat his doubles partner at the time Grosjean was entertaining stuff. He was 2 points away from beating Agassi at RG in 1999, and destroyed him in R2 of the US Open in 2000. Admittedly Agassi had a lot of personal problems to deal with at the time, but still a very impressive victory.

Got a doubles slam at Wimbledon in 2007 to add to his singles achievements as well.

Mae
06-20-2012, 02:00 AM
Good. Now if he could give some of his brain to Gasquet

Good one :lol: And all the best to Arnaud :)

evilmindbulgaria
06-20-2012, 03:23 AM
All the best to Arnaud in his post-tennis life :hatoff:

A retirement/statistical thread from Voo?

Frooty_Bazooty
06-20-2012, 06:50 AM
The way he treated the ballkids, who are just young kids and teenagers, was really unacceptable to me.

RNW
06-20-2012, 08:44 AM
Great player with lot of good matches.

But it was about time.

Jimnik
07-04-2012, 02:51 PM
Last match today. Lost to the Bryans 6-2 in the 5th, partnering Llodra.

Have a nice retirment Arnaud.

Voo de Mar
07-26-2012, 05:24 PM
Clement's stats tribute on my website (http://voodemar.com/?p=8727)

Eddy147
07-26-2012, 05:36 PM
Did I just step into the twilight zone? I did not know Arnoud Clement was still around, even had fans.
It is like Tommy Haas has fans.
Does he? OMG.

Kezzi
07-26-2012, 08:56 PM
He does.

Thanks Voo, it's a nice article and I always love your stats :yeah:

The Prince
07-26-2012, 08:59 PM
Goodbye.