Call it The Full Aussie.
Michael Llodra and Fabrice Santoro won the Australian Open
doubles title, then celebrated by stripping to their underwear and
throwing most of their clothes and towels to the crowd at Rod Laver
The Frenchmen kept their title by beating American twins Bob and Mike Bryan 7-6 (4), 6-3.
After the trophy presentation, Llodra and Santoro began shedding
their clothes. Llodra emptied his sports bag and walked off the
court bare chested, dangling the team's trophy in one hand.
"It wasn't a bet," Santoro said when asked if he were
auditioning for the stage production of "The Full Monty" in
"And we didn't plan it ahead of time," Llodra added. "We were
just having some fun."
Down Under Details
Aussie Kim: Kim Clijsters has lost three straight Grand Slam
finals to Justine Henin-Hardenne, but she hasn't lost her sense of
Clijsters, nicknamed "Aussie Kim,'' became a local favorite
since her engagement to Lleyton Hewitt. After Saturday's loss, she
told the crowd she appreciated their knowledge of not just tennis
but sports in general.
"You know your sports," Clijsters said at the ceremony after
the match, "and that's why I am very proud to be marrying an
Aussie, as well."
Clijsters later said there was little chance she would switch
"I'll never say never, but I don't think I'll be playing under
the Australian flag," Clijsters said. "I don't really plan to
have a very long career because one day I wouldn't mind having a
family, as well."
The 20-year-old Clijsters is unsure how much longer she'll play.
"As long as I enjoy it, I'll keep going," she said.
Shark's seatmate: Lleyton Hewitt and Greg Norman sat together
during the final between Hewitt's fiancee, Kim Clijsters, and
Hewitt caddied for Norman at the Australian PGA tournament in
December. Norman said he had never seen Hewitt play and hoped to
watch him at the Australian Open, "but only if he's still around
late in the second week."
Hewitt was beaten by Roger Federer in the quarterfinals and has
been a cheerleader for Clijsters since. Norman is in Melbourne for
next week's Heineken Classic at Royal Melbourne.
Clijsters lost to Henin-Hardenne 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
On the final:
"I felt that I
was missing just a little bit. Against Roger, you have to do better
than that. I'm not playing a yo-yo. He knows how to play tennis.''
On winning the Grand Slam:
"I think it's really difficult. You know, I'm the only guy who has a chance this year to do it, so that's not a bad situation. We'll see what happens at the French."
On winning the title:
"It was very emotional. I thought I
couldn't close the match in the second set. In the third set, I
felt the crowd give support to Kim. I have three Grand Slams
now and I have not realized it yet."