ROLAND GARROS 2014
Llodra Honoured After Singles Match
by ATP Staff|
The 34 year old was honoured with a trophy in a post-match ceremony, where he was joined on court by his son Teo, FFT President Jean Gachassin and former doubles partner Arnaud Clement.
"This is really what is the most important thing to me today, apart from the wins," said the Paris native. "It's something you remember about a court, a pleasant point and the crowd would stand up and you see your friends in the first rows in the first seats. They are not amazed, but they are so very happy. It's this union between me, the public, the crowd, and the family."
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Llodra will return to the court on Wednesday for his first-round doubles match with Nicolas Mahut. The Frenchmen, the No. 5 seeds, finished runners-up to the Bryan brothers last year in Paris, edged out in a third-set tie-break.
Llodra, a winner of five singles titles and 26 doubles titles, will retire at the end of the 2014 ATP World Tour season.
A few other Frenchmen fell in first-round action Tuesday, including Stephane Robert, who made a run to the Australian Open fourth round earlier this year as a lucky loser. Robert lost to No. 19 seed Kevin Anderson 7-5, 6-3, 6-4.
French qualifier Laurent Lokoli, who engaged in a memorable dance-off with Gael Monfils at Roland Garros Kids’ Day over the weekend, was a break down against American Steve Johnson when darkness suspended play, 4-6, 6-7(7), 7-6(3), 6-3, 3-1.
The 19-year-old Lokoli is making his tour-level debut and is ranked just outside the Top 400 of the Emirates ATP Rankings.
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