He was a French tennis player who was active in the late 1960s and the 1970s. His best performance at a Grand Slam tournament was reaching the quarterfinals of the singles event at the 1973 Australian Open in which he was defeated by Karl Meiler in four sets. In 1973 and 1974 he played a doubles match for the French Davis Cup team.
He reached a highest singles ranking of No. 71 in October 1973.
N'Godrella reached the second round of the singles event at the Wimbledon Championships in 1972. In 1973 he defeated fifth-seeded Manuel Orantes in the second round of the singles event at the French Open.
The center court at the ATP Challenger Tour event in his hometown of Nouméa is named for N'Godrella.
When fellow former French tennis player Georges Goven heard of the death of Wanaro N’Godrella, Goven said (in French): “His death saddens me greatly. I first met him when I was 15 years old, in Australia. He was a skilful serve-and-volleyer, a real attacking player with a huge serve which he never held back on. He had one particularity: a ‘pressurised backhand’ that he rarely hit into the court [smiles]. The guy had a heart of gold and was incredibly kind and intelligent.”
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