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Arnaud Clément
Arnaud Clément Jeux olympiques 2008.jpg
Country  France
Residence Geneva, Switzerland
Date of birth 17 December 1977 (1977-12-17) (age 32)
Place of birth Aix-en-Provence, France
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7+12 in)
Weight 72 kg (160 lb; 11.3 st)
Turned pro 1996
Plays Right-handed; two-handed backhand
Career prize money US$6,294,663
Singles
Career record 290–289
Career titles 4
Highest ranking No. 10 (2 April 2001)
Current ranking No. 67 (11 January 2010)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open F (2001)
French Open 4R (2003)
Wimbledon QF (2008)
US Open QF (2000)
Major tournaments
Olympic Games 2R (2004, 2008)
Doubles
Career record 199–162
Career titles 12
Highest ranking No. 8 (28 January 2008)
Australian Open F (2008)
French Open SF (2001)
Wimbledon W (2007)
US Open QF (2006)
Last updated on: 2 November 2009.

Arnaud Clément (born 17 December 1977) is a professional tennis player from France.

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Career

Clément was born in Aix-en-Provence, and currently lives in Geneva, Switzerland. He turned professional in 1996, and his most significant achievement has been to reach the Australian Open men's singles final in 2001, where he was defeated by Andre Agassi, defeating the then-unseeded but future number one Roger Federer and former number one Yevgeny Kafelnikov on his way to the final. 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.

Clément has been ranked as high as 10th in the world in singles and as high as 24th 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 five doubles titles. In September 2005 he defeated Great Britain's Andy Murray in the U.S. Open tournament.

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. 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.

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, 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.

At the 2007 U.S. Open, he and Llodra were seeded 7th in doubles, but were upset by Jesse Levine and Alex Kuznetsov 7–6 (5), 6–4 in the second round.

Clément was selected to represent one of the world's best-known and most important fashion label, 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, who in the course of his career has already filmed top stars such as Monica Bellucci, Claudia Schiffer, Marcel Desailly, Zinedine Zidane and Gisele Bündchen.

At only 13 months old Clément was diagnosed with unilateral coloboma, meaning the condition only effects one eye, at that time Clément was only given a 40/60 % chance of having healthy eyesight for the rest of his life, throughout his tennis career Clément has worn sunglasses to protect his eyes.

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 second longest men's singles match in Wimbledon history.[1]

Santoro-Clement Match

At Roland Garros 2004, Fabrice Santoro defeated Clément 6–4, 6–3, 6–7, 3–6, 16-14 in six hours and 33 minutes. It is the longest singles match in male professional tennis history.

Major finals

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Grand Slam finals

Singles: 1 (0–1)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up (1/1) 2001 Australian Open (1/1) Hard United States Andre Agassi 6–4, 6–2, 6–2

Doubles: 2 (1–1)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner (1/1) 2007 Wimbledon (1/1) Grass France Michaël Llodra United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–7(5), 6–3, 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up (2/1) 2008 Australian Open (1/1) Hard France Michaël Llodra Israel Jonathan Erlich
Israel Andy Ram
7–5, 7–6(4)

Career finals

Singles: 10 (4-6)

Wins (4)
Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (4)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. November 6, 2000 Lyon, France Carpet (i) Australia Patrick Rafter 7–6(2), 7–6(5)
2. September 29, 2003 Metz, France Hard (i) Chile Fernando González 6–3, 1–6, 6–3
3. February 13, 2006 Marseille, France Hard (i) Croatia Mario Ančić 6–4, 6–2
4. July 31, 2006 Washington, D.C., USA Hard United Kingdom Andy Murray 7–6(3), 6–2
Runner-ups (6)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 8 February 1999 Marseille, France Hard (i) France Fabrice Santoro 6–3, 4–6, 6–4
2. 29 January 2001 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard United States Andre Agassi 6–4, 6–2, 6–2
3. 24 June 2002 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass Netherlands Sjeng Schalken 3–6, 6–3, 6–2
4. 23 June 2003 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass Netherlands Sjeng Schalken 6–3, 6–4
5. 13 October 2003 Lyon, France Carpet Germany Rainer Schüttler 7–5, 6–3
6. 23 June 2007 Nottingham, UK Grass Croatia Ivo Karlović 3–6, 6–4, 6–4

Singles Performance Timeline

Tournament 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Career SR
Grand Slams
Australian Open A A A 1R 2R 4R F 2R A 1R 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 0 / 11
French Open A LQ 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 3R 4R 1R 2R A 1R 1R 2R 0 / 12
Wimbledon A A 3R 1R 2R 2R 4R 4R 2R 1R 1R 2R 1R QF 1R 0 / 13
U.S. Open A A LQ 1R 4R QF 4R 4R 2R 2R 3R 1R 2R 1R LQ 0 / 11
Grand Slam SR 0 / 0 0 / 0 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 / 47
Year End Ranking 651 341 94 104 56 18 17 38 31 106 69 42 54 93 63 N/A

A = did not attend tournament
LQ = lost in the qualifying draw

Doubles

Wins (12)
Legend (Doubles)
Grand Slam (1)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (2)
ATP Tour (9)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 10 April 2000 Casablanca, Morocco Clay France Sébastien Grosjean Germany Lars Burgsmüller
Australia Andrew Painter
7–6(4), 6–2
2. 11 February 2002 Marseille, France Hard (i) France Nicolas Escudé France Julien Boutter
Belarus Max Mirnyi
6–4, 6–3
3. 8 March 2004 Indian Wells USA Hard France Sébastien Grosjean Zimbabwe Wayne Black
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
6–3, 4–6, 7–5
4. 11 October 2004 Metz, France Hard (i) France Nicolas Mahut Croatia Ivan Ljubičić
Italy Uros Vico
6–2, 7–6(8)
5. 25 October 2004 St. Petersburg, Russia Carpet (i) France Michaël Llodra Slovakia Dominik Hrbatý
Czech Republic Jaroslav Levinský
6–3, 6–2
6. 23 October 2006 Lyon, France Carpet (i) France Julien Benneteau Czech Republic František Čermák
Czech Republic Jaroslav Levinský
6–2, 6–7(3), 10–7
7. 30 October 2006 Paris, France Carpet (i) France Michaël Llodra France Fabrice Santoro
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
7–6(4), 6–2
8. 12 February 2007 Marseille, France Hard (i) France Michaël Llodra The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Canada Daniel Nestor
7–5, 4–6, 10–8
9. 25 June 2007 Wimbledon, London, UK Grass France Michaël Llodra United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
6–7(5), 6–3, 6–4, 6–4
10. 1 October 2007 Metz, France Hard (i) France Michaël Llodra Poland Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Poland Marcin Matkowski
6–1, 6–4
11. 5 October 2008 Metz, France Hard (i) France Michaël Llodra Poland Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Poland Marcin Matkowski
5–7, 6–3, 10–8
12. 22 February 2009 Marseille, France Hard (i) France Michaël Llodra Austria Julian Knowle
Israel Andy Ram
3–6, 6–3, 10–8

Doubles Performance Timeline

Tournament 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Career SR
Grand Slams
Australian Open A A A A A 3R SF A 2R 1R 2R 1R F 1R 0 / 8
French Open A 1R 1R 1R 1R SF A 3R 2R 1R A 3R 1R 1R 0 / 11
Wimbledon A A A A A 1R A A A 2R A W A 2R 1 / 4
U.S. Open A A A A A 2R 2R A 1R 1R QF 2R 1R A 0 / 11
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 1 / 34
Year End Ranking 453 223 238 657 116 40 39 194 31 86 28 14 29 72 N/A

A = did not attend tournament

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