Michael Llodra to coach Nicolas Mahut in 2018

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Michael Llodra to coach Nicolas Mahut in 2018

Former French tennis player Michael Llodra will be coaching fellow compatriot Nicolas Mahut next season, it was announced on Happy Sports.

Three-time Grand Slam men's doubles champion Llodra retired from the game in 2014.

Llodra, 37, and 35-year-old Mahut fell just short of having a dream campaign at the 2013 French Open.

Back then, the Frenchmen lost in the doubles final to the Bryan brothers. 

Mahut, who has established himself as a top doubles player, won two Grand Slam men's doubles titles and reached the No. 1 doubles ranking last year. 

Llodra, a former doubles No. 3, was an outstanding volleyer and certainly possesses a notable knowledge about doubles. 

However, Mahut's focus won't be only on doubles as he is eyeing to get his singles career back on track.

A not so great 2017 singles campaign has caused Mahut to drop to No. 102 in the world.

It remains to be seen will Llodra's presence bring goods to Mahut's 2018 campaign.

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