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Going Frat Boy 07/12/2007 - 10:45 AM

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Mornin', Tribe. One of the tough things about a Grand Slam is that you can't call attention to all the interesting or significant things that happen during a tournament, especially when they don't occur in the singles draws, or don't figure as "must tell" stories. Over the next few days, I'm going to provide a few additional details about some of those events. Let's start with the men's doubles, in which Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra secured the championship. They survived match point in their second-rounder, and bounced back to subdue Bob and Mike Bryan for the title, 6-7,6-3, 6-4,6-4.

My sources in the French press told me that Clement and Llodra's training and preparation for the match were, well, unconventional by today's professional standards. After every win, in true French style, the pair went to the best wine cellar in Wimbledon Village and bought a fine vintage wine - one magnum they purchased cost about $1200 - and polished the sucker off after dinner. My understanding is that there was no shortage of more pedestrian wines, or beer, chez Clement-Llodra, either. Nor did the two lads sequester themselves and focus on the task at hand. It was Animal House all over, but in French with English subtitles (try to get over your horror and disappointment, Francophiles!) These two guys literally laughed their way to the title, almost falling out of their chairs amid gales of laughter during one changeover during the final.

Of course, this kind of showboating and screwing around can be deeply annoying to opponents who take a slightly more solemn approach to such occasions, but what the hail - you can't exactly call it gamesmanship, although the effect may be the same. I'm going to write Wayne Bryan an email and invite him to weight in on this issue.

Of course, we know that things are apt to get a little screwy when Llodra is in the mix. He's the tour's  leading practical joker, and this was his latest stunt: After one of Llodra's doubles matches, the doping control officer approached him with the requisite courtesy. He told Llodra that he didn't mean to be intrusive, but he was under the usual orders to remain by Llodra's side until he could collect a urine sample (this, to ensure that Llodra couldn't perform a sample swap). Llodra, noticing that the fellow as overweight and out of shape, said, "Okay, no problem, just stay with me."

Whereupon Llodra sprinted away, Mr. Doping Control in hot pursuit. Eventually Llodra stopped. His shadow caught up, huffing and puffing. Llodra put a hand on the man's shoulder and apologized. He said it was a silly stunt. He felt contrite. He didn't know what had come over him . . . and just as the DC officer relaxed and began to catch his breath, Llodra took off again and led the poor guy on another merry chase.

The Clement-Llodra post-final presser should give you a pretty good idea of the kind of antics that went on whenever the two French frat boys took the court: 75272564

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.

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...

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.

Okay. Now I have to file the paperwork for two months worth of expenses, including currency conversions. Ugh! Why do I hate doing expenses, even though it's my own money I'm trying to recoup?


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Posted by Andrew 07/12/2007 at 10:51 AM

Pete: there's a special hell for people who devise expense report policies.

God help you if you use SAP.

Posted by MrsSanta 07/12/2007 at 11:08 AM

Pete Snoo is about to offer to have your babies.

Llodra appears to be the freak to end all freakiness. I might end up liking him yet.

Do the drug enforcement people really have to follow a player around till they get a sample? I hope they have a great 401K plan.

Posted by Pete 07/12/2007 at 11:09 AM

'Drew - you feel my pain, which makes things easier. A little. We use Concur.

Posted by Pete 07/12/2007 at 11:12 AM

MrsSatan - whoops, typo! - it is true that the DC officers must do that. And I'm amazed at how long it takes some of these stud ponies to drive a little liquid through their systems. Now you know why the first thing they do after matches is guzzle water/Gatorade; peeing don't come easy to the dehydrated, and the idea of having some fat dude with a clipboard watching you shower, hug your girlfriend, call your mom etc. etc. is decidedly unappetizing!

Posted by ad 07/12/2007 at 11:16 AM

As a huge fan of both doubles and free spirited people I want to thank you very much for this post.

Posted by MrsSanta 07/12/2007 at 11:20 AM

Pete I’m keeping track of all these insults via typos. Once the Sampras book drops you are so dead.

That’s a disgusting job. Stay in school children unless you want to end up chasing tennis players for their pee for a living.

Posted by Tokyo Tom (tt) 07/12/2007 at 11:24 AM

Pete - hope you can also have a look at the murray/jj mixed - that looked like a laugh fest as well - and a great press conference. I love it all four focused on winning a senior grand slam title as being important - doubles included.

Posted by Or 07/12/2007 at 11:39 AM

Llodra - that's the guy who hid naked in Ljubicic's locker as a practical joke, right?

Posted by zola 07/12/2007 at 11:44 AM

Pete,
Now I'm going to follow Llorda's matches in USOpen. I love when people have fun doing their "jobs".

Being UC officer should be a tough job with certain athletic requirements!

Posted by Arthur 07/12/2007 at 11:48 AM

Pete, Thanks for the post! Wonderful to hear about Clement and Llodra's joi de vivre.

It's nice that there are tennis players out there having fun... You know, the original idea of most modern day sports (other than staying in shape). Instead of having to work inside a stuffy office processing expense reports, they get to live the life they really want to. i'd much rather be one of these guys than a Connors, Nadal, Agassi, Federer.

Posted by Mlelly 07/12/2007 at 11:49 AM

The range of the discussion here has been wonderful the last few weeks... from the poignant (the exhausted Rafa after that monumental final) to the wickedly absurd (so devil may care, those Frenchies!). It's making me look forward to the US Open even more. The themes piece on ESPN captures the essentials of what we can anticipate in the next chapter... so many surprises at Wimbledon, can't wait for summer tennis part two!

Posted by Rosangel 07/12/2007 at 11:59 AM

Pete: there's a story about Lew Hoad winning the French Open final in 1956 after an all-night session that found him completely drunk when he returned to his hotel the following morning, eight hours before the final. He went for a run, ate breakfast (it didn't stay down), had some help from Rod Laver in working out on an outside court at Roland Garros, ate more breakfast, fell asleep in the locker room - and then won comprehensively in straight sets against Sven Davidson, 6-4, 8-6, 6-1.

He won the Wimbledon final against Ken Rosewall that year as well, but he was sober for that one, having stuck to tea.

Posted by Frank Dudley Berry, Jr. 07/12/2007 at 12:00 PM

Good heavens!!! You are not implying they consorted with . . . girls, are you?

Posted by Veruca Salt 07/12/2007 at 12:16 PM

Great report Pete! I was never really into doubles until I got the tennis channel. It's really fun to see singles players who are so dang serious on the court most of the time, smile and enjoy themselves during a doubles match.

Posted by Pete 07/12/2007 at 12:22 PM

MrsSanta - I will win you back when I reveal the book's Scratch 'n Sniff component. . .

Posted by rudy3 07/12/2007 at 12:40 PM

those Frenchie's, hehehehe, thats a great story. "Bruno" hehehehe

About the doping control: Rafa relayed a story a while ago that he was home and they came to his house at 9:00 in the morning. His mom had to wake him up, and he said something to the effect that he was glad it was in morning, cause it was easier to give the sample :)

Which leads me to ask...are there people that travel around the world watching professional tennis players pee? The Pee Team?

Posted by Tokyo Tom (tt) 07/12/2007 at 12:59 PM

OK this is an ok topic as long as no one revisits the famous Pee Pee dance - at least until Ms. V Salt posts her version on YouTube

Posted by Ryan 07/12/2007 at 12:59 PM

That picture is hilarious--two crazy shirtless guys right next to the stuffy Wimbledon suit.

Posted by Ryan 07/12/2007 at 01:01 PM

Boy...back in high school, I remember we had a "B" Team and a "C" Team...but NO ONE was so bad that we relegated them to the "P" Team.

Posted by Beth 07/12/2007 at 01:08 PM

That would be an awful job - I am sure they are those serious almost secret service like types , too
Snoo - I take back everything I said about your liking Llodra - he sounds like a great guy
Too bad they probably did not know about the Animal House connection - when asked his brothers name , Clement could have said
"Eric Stratton, damn glad to meet you"

Posted by Sherlock 07/12/2007 at 01:13 PM

Well done, Ryan. :)

LOL! Beth, that was brilliant. :) Otter lives forever!

Posted by Beth 07/12/2007 at 01:23 PM

Sherlock - just simply my favorite movie of all time - comedy division

Posted by mmmm8 07/12/2007 at 01:26 PM

Pete, I once had an 8 month back log of expenses to report, so I feel your pain.

I've been a huge fan of Clement for years and Llodra is just about the most fun thing in tennis, so I'm extremely happy for them.

Posted by Ginger 07/12/2007 at 01:30 PM

Pete
thank you for a very interesting post. In addition to the contrast between the shirtless players and the "jacket wearing official", all of the fans are smiling- some broadly. The real appeal to me (in tennis) has always been the entertainment factor -with a closely fought but professionally played match- like the one played by Djoko and Marcos and of course the men's final getting the most points and players having fun on the court.

Posted by mmmm8 07/12/2007 at 01:38 PM

"Wimbledon Suit" is umpire Lars Graff, by the way. The guy just wants to get his umpire trophy and get the hell away from there.

Posted by Jenn 07/12/2007 at 01:39 PM

Thanks, Pete. I LOVE these behind-the-scenes type of stories. I never knew Llodra was such a crack-up. I guess everyone will enjoy this story except for the Bryan brothers, who must be thinking "great, how did we lose to these hungover clowns"??

Posted by mmmm8 07/12/2007 at 01:46 PM

Jenn,

Llodra hid naked in Ljubicic's locker a couple years ago. Ljubicic went to get his stuff before going out to play a match and found a naked Llodra instead

Posted by Jenn 07/12/2007 at 02:09 PM

Mariya - hilarious! I would have paid to see Ljuby's face!
I think I will start following Llodra's career more closely. He should pull a Spadea and give us a book of good stories.

Posted by Ruth 07/12/2007 at 02:11 PM

Veruca: One of the things that I love about having TTC is being able to see good doubles matches. I just watched TTC's showing of an old team tennis event (film from HBO Sports) with the Armitraj brothers winning the event for their team with their doubles skills. The players on the two teams included Mayer, Evert, Nastase, Gerulaitis, Wade et al. The stands were packed, and the players seemed to be enjoying themaselves AND playing very good tennis. I didn't remember that they had the multicolored courts back then.

Posted by Veruca Salt 07/12/2007 at 02:26 PM

Ruth-that multicolored court is quite something to get used to. Sometimes I wish I was colorblind when I see it.

Tokyo Tom-I'm still working on it. :)

Posted by 07/12/2007 at 02:30 PM

Llodra is No5 in top ten karaokes at the French Open. Funny guy!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPh3JCy_l8s

Posted by Andrea 07/12/2007 at 02:40 PM

I love these guys!!! Arnaud is especially cute!!
So what if their match preparation methods aren't orthodox or serious? We could say the same about our favorite pair of sisters.

Posted by Andrea 07/12/2007 at 02:41 PM

Pete-
I gotta admit, when I first looked at the title of this thread, I thought it was going to be about Andy Roddick.

Posted by Veruca Salt 07/12/2007 at 02:46 PM

Arnaud is okay when he's not sneering at ball kids.

Posted by Juan José 07/12/2007 at 02:58 PM


UAHAS Llodra was clearly the best in the French Open Karaokes.

It's not even up for debate.

Posted by Pete 07/12/2007 at 03:21 PM

Andrea - gotcha! Big of you to 'fess up, Lucy will be sending your WMB. . .

Posted by Jenn 07/12/2007 at 04:10 PM

I would still have to give the best karoake moment to Djokovic. He has so much enthusiasm for his own bare chest. But Llodra's wig and simulated joint puffing was really priceless.

Posted by par 07/12/2007 at 04:30 PM

Drinking a magnum of wine is gamesmanship??? To quote somebody famous, "you cannot be serious". It only shows that doubles is a big joke. Even half-drunks can win grand slams in doubles.

Posted by Ray Stonada 07/12/2007 at 04:46 PM

JJ is right. Llodra had funk, he had humor, he had star quality. He topped the karaoke.

Ana was the cutest, couldn't stop smiling.

Djoko's was kind of scary.

Rafa had a nice hand twirl.

But the funniest was when Fed came in all eager and goes, "The BEST! ...Yeah!" totally out of sync with the song. Sweet!

Posted by Or 07/12/2007 at 04:54 PM

Roger is a dork, I think that's well established :)

(and if it wasn't established, he managed to prove it was with the pants incident...)

*hearts Rogi*

Posted by susi 07/12/2007 at 04:57 PM

Arnaud gets extra style points for the six pack. Nice!

Posted by Beth 07/12/2007 at 05:10 PM

those karaoke things are always funny- no matter how many times you see 'em
Roger is definitely the worst singer - no timing at all - good thing he can play tennis
Llodra and Djoko are the best performers IMO - they just have no shame -
Rafa is just one bad dance move away from the lip bite - you know you have all seen it girls- and guys ,fess up - it happens
still they are all really cute and look like they are having fun - which is the point anyway
can't believe none of them did Like A Virgin - isn't that the gold standard of karaoke?

Posted by Grant 07/12/2007 at 05:13 PM

The gold standard of karaoke is actually Total Eclipse of the Heart.

Let nobody tell you differently.

Posted by Sher 07/12/2007 at 05:13 PM

That is hilarious. How long did the poor official run after him? That's a pretty risky thing to do to the person who has influence over your future -- I love it!

Posted by Heidi 07/12/2007 at 05:20 PM

I HAVE to go watch that karaoke vid.

Great post, Pete. Let it never be said that boys-being (frat) boy-culture is only in America! That being said, in this age of polished professionalism, it's great that these guys are just enjoying themselves. I always loved Roddick's quote about how back in the old days he'd hit a bit and go eat a bag of Cheetos, and now that he's trying to be professional and get it done, he just misses his Cheetos.

Posted by Beckham 07/12/2007 at 05:41 PM

Errr not only can the Fed not sing...he has absolutely no rhythmn....

Posted by Beth 07/12/2007 at 05:42 PM

Grant - I can see where that would be a good one, too -
but seriously - guys singing Like a Virgin - just should not be dismissed so lightly

Heidi - yep, it is worth a few minutes of your time :)
there are orange food officianados on this website that can relate to the love of Cheetos
that would be a diet staple among a few of our regulars

Posted by Madame 07/12/2007 at 05:46 PM

I love my little frenchies.
Arnaud is a real great guy, and a fighter.
Micka is just a fun guy, so sweat.

An they are going to the masters !!!!
fun, it is going to be :-)

Posted by svelterogue 07/12/2007 at 06:35 PM

wacky llodra. when i saw the shirt handed down to him i couldn't help but smile. happy happy man. now there's someone who knows what his life is worth indeed. :)

Posted by Lucy 07/12/2007 at 07:21 PM

Awesome, Pete! I LOVE the Frenchies. All of them.

"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."

Good attitude. Don't you just love Arnaud?

I share the interviewer's suprise that Llodra didn't get naked.

Also, I don't know if it's a gold standard, exactly, but everyone should karaoke "Lola" at least once in their life. I'm not dumb but I can't understand why she walked like a woman and talked like a man...

Posted by ptenisnet 07/12/2007 at 07:34 PM

Copa Cabana?

Posted by Snoo Foo 07/12/2007 at 08:02 PM

O Mon Freaking Dieu!!!!

Finalement, some Lllllohhhhdrahhh Lllllove! for anyone who hasn't seen it, the full length, low res, fulsome freak factor microminipants karaoke.

http://tinyurl.com/yrect7

Seriously, this so made my day. Pedro, merci beaucoup!

Posted by Ray Stonada 07/12/2007 at 08:05 PM

Ah, Snoo, we've been waiting to live vicariously through your enjoyment of this one...

We're all Llodrakers now.

Posted by Ray Stonada 07/12/2007 at 08:07 PM

He so wanted to grab his package in that one...

Posted by Beth 07/12/2007 at 09:09 PM

L-O-L-A , lola - yeah - that is a good one

Posted by Celia 07/12/2007 at 09:48 PM

Thanks a lot ptenisnet! Now I have Copa Cobana stuck in my head! At the Copa, Copa Cabana, music and passion are always the fashion at the Copaaaaaaaa.

Posted by ptenisnet 07/12/2007 at 09:48 PM

I would like to do a karaoke of Edelweiss.

Posted by ptenisnet 07/12/2007 at 09:50 PM

hey. not me. blame/thank lucy.


Posted by Celia 07/12/2007 at 09:54 PM

Who sings that song anyways? I know I should know and now it's turning into one of those questions that really bugs you that you can't remember the answer.

Posted by Beth 07/12/2007 at 09:56 PM

Barry Manilow

Posted by Beth 07/12/2007 at 09:58 PM

please forget that I knew the answer to that question -
It does not help my image as the "cool mom"

Posted by Celia 07/12/2007 at 09:59 PM

Thank you sooo much Beth! The minute I saw that it was Barry Manilow I yelled, "That's it!"

Posted by mmmm8 07/12/2007 at 10:00 PM

Lucy is talking about a different song, ptenis.

LOLA by the Kinks

Posted by ptenisnet 07/12/2007 at 10:08 PM

OK
I must be crazy to think she doesn't know copa cabana.

In that case, guilty as charged. But I am not ashamed for bringing up Copa Cabana.

Posted by Beth 07/12/2007 at 10:08 PM

ptenisnet - you should be

Posted by Lucy 07/12/2007 at 10:12 PM

Haha. Don't be ashamed Ptenis. We all need more music and passion in our lives.

If you karaoke Edelweiss you should always do it in the presence of Nazi party dignitaries, or so the movies would have me believe.

Posted by mmmm8 07/12/2007 at 10:16 PM

BOth should be mandatory karaoke, Ptenis.


Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl, with yellow feathers in her hair and her dress cut down to there
She would merengue and do the cha-cha...
Ok, now it's in MY head

Must take it out with L-O-L-A Lola...

She walked up to me and she asked me to dance
I asked her her name and in a deep brown voice she said Lola
L-O-L-A Lola

Well, I'm not the worlds most physical guy
But when she squeezed me tight she nearly broke my spine
Oh, my Lola L-O-L-A Lola
Well, I'm not dumb but I can't understand
Why she walked like a woman and talked like a man
Oh, my Lola L-O-L-A Lola

Ok, I will stop now.

Posted by mmmm8 07/12/2007 at 10:17 PM

BOth should be mandatory karaoke, Ptenis.


Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl, with yellow feathers in her hair and her dress cut down to there
She would merengue and do the cha-cha...
Ok, now it's in MY head

Must take it out with L-O-L-A Lola...

She walked up to me and she asked me to dance
I asked her her name and in a deep brown voice she said Lola
L-O-L-A Lola

Well, I'm not the world's most physical guy
But when she squeezed me tight she nearly broke my spine
Oh, my Lola L-O-L-A Lola
Well, I'm not dumb but I can't understand
Why she walked like a woman and talked like a man
Oh, my Lola L-O-L-A Lola

Ok, I will stop now.

Posted by mmmm8 07/12/2007 at 10:17 PM

Oops, you got all that twice. Twice the fun, twice the torture

Posted by ptenisnet 07/12/2007 at 10:22 PM

The Nazi dignitaries are there only to look pissed off. That happens often enough when I sing anyway even without the Nazi presence.


My friends used to sing Copa Cabana but with my name instead of Lola.
They thought it was a bloody riot.

Posted by jb 07/12/2007 at 10:24 PM

ok - now i've got freakin' barry manilow running around my head!

Great the post Pete, nice to know the background on the 'fun' stories. loved that the boys really did know how to have fun. And really, wine's actually from grapes. which is a fruit, (i think). they were just hydrating with vitimen C - sort of!

and yes, i have new found respect for snoo's taste. lllllodra it is - new tw boy toy. (though i do love arnaud for his bandanas, his groovy shades, shirt of many colours and of now his six-pack...!)

PS condolences on the expense reports - alas - if it twere only oracle, i could help you out there....but alas, you're on your own.

Posted by jb 07/12/2007 at 10:24 PM

oh crap. was it the fabulous fabrice with his shirt of many colours?

Posted by mmmm8 07/12/2007 at 10:27 PM

PTenis - since you brought up Edelweiss. I've heard today that they slaughtered Federer's cow Juliette (RIP). Apparently, she didn't produce sufficient qualities of milk. No word on her baby calf, whose name is Edelweiss

Posted by mmmm8 07/12/2007 at 10:28 PM

They both wore that, jb, if we're talking about the same shirt

Posted by jb 07/12/2007 at 10:31 PM

They didn't off Juliette! Pfft! Like Fed couldn't support her and keep her in grass. Or hay. or whatever cows eat. corn? grains of some sort. say it aint so!

I find that oddly disturbing; definately bad karma.


Posted by Sahadev 07/12/2007 at 10:33 PM

Is this true about Juliette? If so, it's the beginning of the end for Federer. No wonder he was struggling on grass...

Posted by jb 07/12/2007 at 10:33 PM

mmmm8 - its got to be, the lacoste rainbow striped shirt? Ever so festive. Could be why i have visions of both of them in it, dancing around to the strains of barry manilow, 'she was a show girl - la la la'...

Posted by mmmm8 07/12/2007 at 10:37 PM

http://www.gstaadlife.com/2007/07/roger-federers-.html
RIP.

I hear the Gstaad player's party is a barbecue this year (oh, no, she didn't)


LOL, JB. Yeah, that's the one.

It was Lacoste, I think someone else may have worn it too. I just hope Roddick doesn't. He's difficult enough for me to look at as is.

Posted by Sahadev 07/12/2007 at 10:41 PM

Federer the cow-slaughterer... I'm so disillusioned right now.

Posted by Beth 07/12/2007 at 10:49 PM

that shirt would be so wrong on Roddick - on so many levels
Why did anyone have to bring up Copa Cabana - that is just cruel

Posted by ptenisnet 07/12/2007 at 10:57 PM

Federer didnt know that they offed Juliette.

That was completely unforgiveable that they did that without telling the fed.
That's cute that the calf is named Edelweiss though.

Is this synchronicity?

Posted by Sahadev 07/12/2007 at 11:03 PM

Right, it does say "Quite oblivious..." etc. Thank goodness for that. But the dastardly deed's been done, poor guy's jinxed anyway.

Posted by djatns 07/12/2007 at 11:15 PM

Thanks for the link to karaoke video; it was too funny.

I have always wanted one of those beautiful headbands that arnaud wears. I imagined they are some great french fabric maker who provides them. I volunteer at the cincy tournament so i hope i will be checking these guys out.


Posted by Snoo Foo 07/12/2007 at 11:20 PM

His name was Llodra. He was a llefty. He had nothing left to wear cuz he got naked down to there.
He served and volleyed and won three grand slams
Two with The Magician, one with a-no-ther man
Over Bob and Mike Bry-an...

Now he's not the world's most prettiest guy
but when his freak flag flies I could almost die
for my llodra
l-l-l-l-l-l-oooodraaahhhh

Oy where's Madame H.Pockets when I need her?

Posted by ptenisnet 07/12/2007 at 11:24 PM

looks like you are doing just fine on your own.

Posted by mmmm8 07/12/2007 at 11:25 PM

Nice, snoo foo, I like how you combined the two songs too :)

Posted by Snoo Foo 07/12/2007 at 11:32 PM

Dude. Dude, that is a freaking insane way to make sure the champs come back to defend at gstaad! If you don't come back we'll kill your pets! Man I had it in my head the Swiss were a... I dunno, less vengeful people. Has someone been watching Nanner's copy of Il Padrino? Or another movie? "Gstaad won't be ignored, Roger!"

Maybe this is why El Gato showed up, to save his vaca. Leetle Reeshie, take note. Your cow is safe. For now.

Posted by Lucy 07/12/2007 at 11:33 PM

My favourite was the part where Snoo Foo brought the conversation back on topic.

I don't believe the Juliette thing. You don't just slaughter people's cows without asking or even telling them.

Posted by MrsSanta 07/12/2007 at 11:33 PM

Barry Manilow and Sound of Music...so that's what hell is. We must immediately revert to discussing Llodra in hot pants.

Posted by MrsSanta 07/12/2007 at 11:35 PM

I believe Federer knew and fully approved of the cow slaughter. Go Fed!

Posted by Snoo Foo 07/12/2007 at 11:36 PM

Is it possible GstaadLife is just the Onion's much subtler Swiss cousin?

Posted by Lucy 07/12/2007 at 11:50 PM

That was my suspicion Snoo, but the Tele is reporting it too:

http://tinyurl.com/2yz7uw

Sorry Mods for the diversion, but this is all very distressing.

Posted by ptenisnet 07/12/2007 at 11:52 PM

Is it possible GstaadLife is just the Onion's much subtler Swiss cousin?

I wish Snoo. But it was in other publications also.
I have to admit though, Gstaad doesnt sound like the name of a real place.


I'm with you on Manilow. But you shall not utter a word against Sound Of Music.

Posted by ptenisnet 07/13/2007 at 12:00 AM

Gstaad giveth and Gstaad taketh away?

Posted by MrsSanta 07/13/2007 at 12:02 AM

Sound of Music deserves a worse fate than a Federer owned bovine.


Which doubles team that got a huge fine during Wimby and what did they do exactly?

Posted by ptenisnet 07/13/2007 at 12:06 AM

melo and sa?

they had a shoving match with someone else i think.

Posted by Snoo Foo 07/13/2007 at 12:07 AM

Oh my gaad ptenisnet don't make me laugh, I'm trying to mourn.

Whoops, I thought everyone got a cow just for winning Gstaad, meaning by now Spain would be overrun with swiss cows, another strange twist on the bullfighting motif and the cosmic tmf nanner connection.

Man, the saddest part is "I'll do anything for it." Yeah sure Roger. You could have had her airlifted to dubai, set her up with a little grazing pad over the gulf of oman or whatever it is.

Posted by mmmm8 07/13/2007 at 12:11 AM

The person fined was Benneteau, and it was Melo that he had a shoving/yelling post-match encounter with. His buddies Clement/Llodra got his back though, they beat Melo/Sa in the semis.

Posted by ptenisnet 07/13/2007 at 12:11 AM

or might have been the guys they played. Benneteau and Mahut.

Posted by Snoo Foo 07/13/2007 at 12:12 AM

Mrs. Santa, Julien Benneteau solo got fined, like, $5000 us dollars or euros or something, 11,000 australian dollars, it sounded massive, and whatever he said was so bad that Melo and Sa beat him up after the match and nobody cared, the beating was justified, no fines for Melo and Sa, in fact the crowd cheered them on. Man it's always the dorkiest ones who turn out to be cracked.

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