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Old 07-08-2007, 03:39 PM   #31
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Old 07-08-2007, 05:17 PM   #32
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A. Clement / M. Llodra - 8 July
Sunday, 8 July, 2007


Arnaud Clement (FRA)[10]/ Michael Llodra (FRA)[10] beat Bob Bryan (USA)[1]/Mike Bryan (USA)[1] 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4

Q. We are told it's the first time in 74 years that a French pair has won the men's doubles here. How does that feel?

ARNAUD CLEMENT: The first thing is not about the 74 years, it's about us. For me, it's very special because for me it's my first Grand Slam title in double. For Michael, it's the third one.

But for me it's a very special feeling. Winning a Grand Slam with one of my best friends, it's more special.

Q. Your celebrations were as wild and ecstatic as any I've seen. You went mad out there, didn't you?

ARNAUD CLEMENT: You didn't see Michael in the Australian Open a few years ago.

MICHAEL LLODRA: But we have to be more relaxed in England. I don't want to shock anyone.
(I was right Via... )

Q. We thought you were going to go naked at one stage.

MICHAEL LLODRA: Probably if it was in Roland Garros. But in England, you know, it's not my hometown, so...
(I can't imagine what he would have done in Roland Garros...lol)

Q. Why were you throwing your racquets and shirts into the crowd?

MICHAEL LLODRA: Seriously, I have to play next week a tournament in Newport. I have no more racquets now. I don't know what I am doing now (smiling).

ARNAUD CLEMENT: That's a very big problem. He gave mine.

Q. Who was the person you got the shirt from at the end when you realized you didn't have a shirt to collect the trophy?

ARNAUD CLEMENT: My brother, my coach.

MICHAEL LLODRA: I forget I only have one shirt. He have to give me his shirt.

Q. You borrowed a shirt off your partner's brother?

MICHAEL LLODRA: Yes.

Q. You gave him a towel as a souvenir?

MICHAEL LLODRA: Not as a souvenir. We take a lot of souvenir here, don't worry (laughter).

Q. Can you talk a bit about the match, how you think you both played. In your second round you were match point down, that is correct?

MICHAEL LLODRA: It was not really a match point.

ARNAUD CLEMENT: About this match?

Q. No. You were a match point down in your second round match.

ARNAUD CLEMENT: Yeah. In the second round it was a very tough match. Two guys with two big serves. It was very tough to return.

But, you know, match point on Michael's serve, it's not really a match point (smiling). It's 99% chance to win the point, so it's okay.

Q. After that match did you think you could go on to win the whole thing?

MICHAEL LLODRA: No. When we play together we play like each round like the best we can. Even when we were in final, you know, we do our best on the court. We'll see if we win or loss.

The best thing, it's to fight until the end. You have nothing to lose. So we play and we enjoy. That's the best.

Q. Your brother, Arnaud, his first name?

ARNAUD CLEMENT: Bruno.
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Old 07-08-2007, 05:21 PM   #33
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Are they singing ?? lol

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"Franchement, il m'a déçu..."
Signé Arnaud Clément, qui parlait non pas de la performance sportive de Michaël Llodra, mais de la façon dont "Mika" a célébré leur victoire. Le Parisien s'est contenté de finir torse nu et de donner des raquettes au public. Quand il s'était imposé en Australie avec Fabrice Santoro, Llodra s'était lancé dans un strip-tease resté dans les mémoires



Petit joueur...he could have been the first french streaker...lol
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I just don't believe it!=))))) It's just so amazing!!! It was a great tournament for Nono and Michael! Congrats guys!!!
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Great performance and a beautiful victory Also, a wonderful power of a bottle of some good French wine

I firstly managed to have a look at the pictures and was checking their interviews later so in the beginning I was a bit surprised they involved Bruno to their shirtless show, too lol Anyway all these photos are so absolutely cute

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Irina, I make the first part of the job, I count on you to translate the text into english...

Arnaud's audio interview (I love it)

C'est fabuleux, on a fait une semaine fantastique, en plus on était ensemble dans la même maison ça rajoute un peu plus à cette complicité qu'on a déjà... même si on a essayé d'aborder le match d'une manière identique, c'est toujours différent car on a le titre au bout et on voulait vraiment le gagner, et le gagner avec Mika c'est encore mieux qu'avec d'autres joueurs...
Wimbledon, vous vous rendez compte ?
Oui, mais je sais pas si ce qui compte le plus aujourd'hui c'est d'être champion de wimbledon ou de gagner un grand chelem, je dirais que c'est plus le fait de gagner un grand chelem, car oui je sais qu'il y a énormement de traditions et sans doute que pour la majorité des joueurs wimbledon représente le plus grand tournoi du monde, mais sincèrement pour moi le plus grand tournoi du monde c'est roland garros..en tout cas dans mon coeur . En tout cas je suis 'fantastiquement "heureux aujourd'hui
On a été très solide et aujourd"hui on a battu les numéro mondiaux en finale de wimbledon à la régulière, et sur l'ensemble du match on était bien meilleurs qu'eux...
Le prochain qu'on joue ensemble c'est l'us open, et on continuera à jouer ensemble en espérant gagner d'autres titres de grand chelem.
Meme si je suis pas spécialement introverti, Mika c'est le champion pour ça (faire le show), et à chaque fois il franchit une étape... et cette fois-ci, il a donné toutes ses raquette... et l'une des miennes aussi ! lol puis il a donné ses chaussures, c'est n'importe quoi, il a donné sa chemise donc il a du prendre la chemise de mon frère pour ne pas aller à la remise des trophées torse nu, donc c'est sûr que je peux pas rivaliser avec lui sur ça,
Question: Il a été moins bon qu'en australie quand même (avec son fameux strip tease)
Oui c'est vrai je m'attendais à mieux, franchement il m'a déçu...c'est bien beau de gagner wimbledon mais il aurait pu aller plus loin ! lol

"fantastiquement" new word !

MIKA IS CRAZY !!!!!!

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Also, a wonderful power of a bottle of some good French wine
No, champagne !!!
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Ok, let it be champagne Anyway it was not vodka which is an exceptional thing you can only get when you win in Russia lol And BTW, looking at such a brilliant performance of French players during this grass season I think they must prepare a grass count for the next DC tie with Russia. Then it'd be fun
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Are you serious? lol Yes, surely I can try (not before tomorrow's afternoon though), anyway I have to practise French. Though I'd prefer Micka's interview, it's more understandable
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And ofcourse I decided to cycle home from my grandmother during the showing of their shirtless performance
First time I could've seen Bruno shirtless
My timing isn't very good I guess
But I keep my hopes up for nice people who put it on youtube
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I think they must prepare a grass count for the next DC tie with Russia.
Sure, good idea, but it seems it's not possibe to have a grass court in france, dunno why...

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Frenchmen Strip Doubles Title-Holders


Sunday, 8 July, 2007


Defending champions and top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan were stripped of their Men’s Doubles title by France's Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra, who celebrated by throwing their shirts into the crowd.

The fourth seeds, competing in their first grand slam final together, played a near-flawless match to scoop a 6-7 (5-7) , 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory and become the first all-French pairing to reach and win the Wimbledon doubles finals in the Open Era.

It was a fairytale ending for the men who faced a match point against them in their second round contest with Amer Delic and Bobby Reynolds. That match was played over three days due to rain, but today - in glorious sunshine - the players needed just over two-and-a-half hours to pocket their first Grand Slam title together.

Both teams produced breathtaking tennis in a first set peppered with spectacular passing shots and volleys. Much to the delight of the crowd, predominantly in favour of the Americans, the brothers clinched the first set on a tie-break.

But the Frenchmen, who are best friends off the court, edged ahead in the second thanks to some sparkling winners hit by Llodra and they had soon squared the match at one set all. Outstanding tennis prevailed in the third but the fourth seeds managed to sneak a break, enabling them to creep ahead by two sets to one.

It wasn’t that the Bryans, who have five grand slam Men’s Doubles titles to their name, were playing badly. It’s just that their immaculate balls were, somehow, being answered by the French pair with even more vigour.

Controversy overshadowed the fourth set when the chair umpire Lars Graff deemed Bob Bryan had hit the net-tape with his racket following a reflex volley. TV replays showed he didn’t but the decision cost the brothers the point, game and break. With no further breaks, the title eventually passed to the French duo.

Llodra and Clement were visibly delighted with their win, throwing their tennis racquets and shirts into the crowd and then, caught up in the excitement, giving away most of the contents of their tennis bags.

Chuckles then rippled around Court One, as it became clear that Llodra had gone further than his partner and hadn't hung on to at least one spare shirt.

Not wanting to collect his trophy shirtless, he dashed over to the players' box on No.1 Court and his modesty was saved by Arnaud's brother Bruno, who took off his own shirt and handed it over, allowing the player to collect the trophy with his dignity in tact.

After the match Llodra joked about his generosity. “Seriously, I have to play next week a tournament in Newport. I have no more racquets now. I don’t know what I am doing now.” Clement quipped: “That’s a very big problem. He gave them mine too.”
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first of all, a BIG congrats to arnaud, wimbledon champion (the one that wasn't shown on tv) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! who would've thought???????????? (except me and my crystal ball, of course ) now i have to agree that he plays better on grass courts!

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Sunday, 8 July, 2007

MICHAEL LLODRA: But we have to be more relaxed in England. I don't want to shock anyone.
(I was right Via... )
so it's ok to shock the aussies?

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Q. You gave him a towel as a souvenir?

MICHAEL LLODRA: Not as a souvenir. We take a lot of souvenir here, don't worry (laughter).


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Great performance and a beautiful victory Also, a wonderful power of a bottle of some good French wine

I firstly managed to have a look at the pictures and was checking their interviews later so in the beginning I was a bit surprised they involved Bruno to their shirtless show, too lol Anyway all these photos are so absolutely cute
now that you've mentioned it, i think it's all in their plan to get bruno involved! how likely it was that bruno was also wearing white ???????? :

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And ofcourse I decided to cycle home from my grandmother during the showing of their shirtless performance
First time I could've seen Bruno shirtless
My timing isn't very good I guess
But I keep my hopes up for nice people who put it on youtube


you have my sympathy... a shirtless bruno is as rare as a wimbly title, doesn't come every day.

anyway thank you everyone for the news, reports, and photos!
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more photos




(he looks only 5 feet in this pic, but it's a good action shot )
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Sure, good idea, but it seems it's not possibe to have a grass court in france, dunno why...
A bit OT, but there was an article about it in L'Équipe a few weeks ago:
En ratissant large, on dénombre seulement cinq (courts en gazon) : un dans le parc de l’ambassade de Grande-Bretagne à Paris ; deux dans le centre fédéral de Moliets (Landes), à côté d’un green de golf ; et deux dans un petit club de l’Aube, non loin de Troyes (où s’est disputé l’an dernier un tournoi réservé aux 3e et 2e Séries). « Mais il n’existe pas de club " à l’anglaise ", rappelle le DTN, Patrice Dominguez. À dire vrai, on n’envisage pas de construire des courts en gazon. Parce que ça représente un coût et un entretien considérables et que nous n’avons pas d’experts dans ce domaine. » Dort pourtant dans des cartons le projet d’une grande plateforme (trois ou quatre courts en herbe) au Racing-Club de France, à la Croix-Catelan. « On pourrait en reparler en 2008, confie Patrice Hagelauer. Ce serait formidable et je sais qu’Arnaud Lagardère se montre très intéressé par le projet. »
There are 5 grass courts in France: the English Embassy in Paris (that's where they train before Wimbledon); in Moliets (Landes); and near Troyes. But I assume all those courts are just practice courts, they don't have a structure big enough for a DC/Fed Cup tie.
Dominguez means they don't consider building grass courts because it's way too expensive and they don't have people able to take care of grass courts. But Hagelauer says there has been a project of building 3-4 grass courts at the Racing Club (in Paris) for a long time now and they might think again about it in 2008 with the financial help of Lagardère.
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